Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald's march to victory last weekend at the PGA Tour finale at Walt Disney World can't be considered a fairy tale performance.

He's really that good. (And working hard to get better.)

Donald, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for six consecutive birdies on the back nine Sunday to shoot 8-under 64 and win the Children's Miracle Network Classic by two shots.

With the win, Luke also vaulted to No. 1 on the final PGA Tour money list, an almost expected outcome when you consider his consistency and proficiency around putting surfaces.

"Every year I look at the stats and figure out what I need to do to improve," Luke says.

Here's some proof:

• Luke led the Tour with a 68.86 adjusted scoring average, and was also tops in Final Round Scoring Average (68.06).

 • He was No. 1 in the new Stroke Gained statistic (.844), which tracks a player's putting performance relative to his  competitors and ultimately shows how many strokes are gained or lost due to putting for a particular round and over the entire season.

• Luke was first in Approaches from 100-125 yards, averaging 16 feet, 4 inches from the hole.

• When faced with 5-10 footers, he rolled his Pro V1x into the hole a Tour-best 65.81 percent of the time.

• Luke also led in Three-Putt Avoidance at 1.24 percent.

• He averaged 2.97 on par-3s, 3.98 on par-4s and 4.55 on par-5s for the season.

• Luke was No. 2 in Proximity to the Hole from Sand, averaging 7 feet, 6 inches.

• He was also second in Scrambling from the Rough at 66.39 percent.

"I'm very, very excited about next year and even this off-season about trying to improve," Luke said after his round Sunday. "You know, there are certain parts of my game that definitely need some improvement. You know, hopefully that will lead to even more wins and more tournament victories."

In the above video, Luke talks Team Titleist about the importance of short game, tracking your statistics and making sure you have been fit for the best golf ball for your game.

After you watch the video, be sure to head over to Team Titleist's My Game experience (which you can always access via the left hand navigation bar), featuring tools that will allow you to track your scores and key golf stats.

We're finally here: The final event of the 2011 PGA Tour season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

And as always, the pressure is high as players try to secure their 2012 PGA Tour cards by finishing inside the top 125 on the money list.

On the flip side, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald are also in Orlando, Fla., this week grappling for the No. 1 position. (Click here for your chance to win a Team Titleist prize pack featuring autographed items by both Webb and Luke.)

In other words, game on...

As he has graciously done throughout the year, photographer and Team Titleist member Greg Moore sent along some pictures from the practice rounds at Walt Disney World Resort to share with Team Titleist, which you can view in the slideshow below. (A few pics from our friends at ScottyCameron.com are also mixed in.)

Thanks Greg for all your great photos!

One of the keys to playing your best golf is learning to keep your club face stable through the impact zone.

Here today with a drill to help you improve your consistency in that area is PGA Professional Mark Blackburn, Director of Golf for Blackburn Golf and one of Team Titleist's newest contributors. Mark is also a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor as well as the swing coach for several PGA Tour players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson and Pro V1x loyalist Heath Slocum.

In the above video, Mark explains how placing a putter grip on an iron (aligned so the flat part of the putter grip is parallel to the leading edge of the club) can teach you to rely more on the rotation of your torso to square the club face at impact. (Note: This is for practice use only!)

Stay tuned for more video tips from Mark coming soon right here on Team Titleist.

For more on Mark and his teaching philosophy, please visit his website at www.blackburngolf.com.



Just before 8:20 Thursday morning, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald will step to the 10th tee at Walt Disney World's Palm Course, ready to hit their first tee shots in the last event of the 2011 PGA Tour season.

As you're probably aware, Webb and Luke are currently Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on the PGA Tour Money List, each having entered this week's Children's Miracle Network Classic with an eye on the top prize.

And they'll be paired together for at least the first two rounds.

To celebrate this exciting race to the finish, we're hosting the following Team Titleist Trivia Contest...

The grand prize: A Limited Edition Team Titleist hat signed by Webb, a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball signed by Luke, one sleeve of Limited Edition Team TItleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls and a Limited Edition Team Titleist hat.

Three (3) runner-ups will receive Limited Edition Team Titleist hats. (All prizes pictured below.)

 

Here's the question: How many top-10 finishes combined have Luke and Webb recorded on the 2011 PGA Tour (not including the Children's Miracle Network Classic)?

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: To enter the contest, log in to your Team Titleist account and then reply to this blog post with the correct answer to the above question by Monday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. EST.

Note: You must be a Team Titleist member to enter. Only one entry per person. We will randomly draw the winners from all approved entries with the correct answer.

(Sorry U.S. only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?)



**UPDATE:
Thanks everyone for playing! The correct answer is: Luke and Webb have combined for a total of 24 top-ten finishes on the 2011 PGA Tour. 

Congratulations to our grand prize winner:
Pete D

And to our three runner-ups:
Cole W
Matthew M
Robb S

To our winners: We will send you an e-mail shortly with more information. Please make sure the address in your Team Titleist profile is up to date, as we will be shipping your prize to that address. Thanks!

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In a span of less than 24 hours this week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane won a PGA Tour event and welcomed his third child to the world.

 Following his playoff victory Sunday evening at the McGladrey Classic, Ben quickly hopped a plane back home to Dallas to be with his wife as they awaited the arrival of their third child.

Ben would soon post on Twitter: "It's a girl!!!! Saylor Mackenzie Crane 7.6 lbs Momma and baby are doing great!!"

With mother and daughter resting comfortably, Ben was gracious enough to take a couple minutes to check in with Team Titleist (via iPhone video from the hospital room) to talk about his recent visit to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., to work with his coach and TPI co-founder, Dr. Greg Rose, and the resulting swing changes that helped him to a fourth-career PGA Tour victory.

Click on the above video to hear the entire story from Ben. And be sure to follow Ben on Twitter at @BenCraneGolf.

Thank you, Ben! Congratulations (twice)!


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