Just north of Chicago and west of Lake Michigan, Conway Farms Golf Club hosts this week's BMW Championship, the penultimate event in the FedExCup Playoffs. With the combination of stiff breezes, fast greens and the pressure to crack the top 30 of the FedExCup standings--the intensity and focus on the range this week is palpable.

So, in the final chance to claim a spot in next week's Tour Championship, 44 players in the field of 70 will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That’s more than six times the nearest competitor with 7, and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (18), sand, lob and approach wedge (63) and putter (23) categories.

And as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Charley Hoffman, Brendon de Jonge, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, and Jason Dufner (among others) scouted the course for the first time and kept their swings dialed, Team Titleist cameras were inside the ropes to capture the action. Take a look at the video, and play well this weekend!

At this year's PGA Championship, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner relied heavily on exceptional iron play to capture the Wanamaker trophy. Throughout the week, Jason amazed golf fans and experts alike, repeatedly flagging his iron shots and taming an extremely difficult Oak Hill layout.

And to help us add another shot to our bag, Jason breaks down his fundamentals for the knockdown shot.

If you get a chance to watch Jason hit golf balls, a few things will stand out. His routine and rhythm are both consistent and he just about always makes contact with the center of the club face. Layer in his ability to shape and flight his shots on command, and it's easy to see his exceptional ball-striking skill. This shotmaking has been on full display throughout the season with a spotlight performance at the PGA Championship.

As Jason shows us in the video above, the knockdown is key for those windy days but it is also a great option for attacking those back-of-the-green pin locations. 

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The Titleist Tour Leadership Team on the PGA Tour has a new home away from home as the new Titleist Tour Van is making its debut this week at the BMW Championship.

Now, to call it a "van" would be a little bit of an understatement, as the new 18-wheeler is 42 feet long, 8 feet 6 inches wide, and weighs 36 tons when fully loaded. It features four "pop-outs" that extend the width to 15 feet 6 inches for a total of 650 square feet of working space, nearly 30 percent more than the previous trailer.

Dave Southworth, Titleist's Senior Technical Representative for PGA Tour, was responsible for designing the new trailer and accommodating the needs of the 10-person Tour Leadership Team that services up to 40 full product line players a week, in addition to others who rely upon Titleist 913 metals, MB, CB and AP irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters. And during an average week on tour, there are more than 100 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players to service, which keeps the Titleist Tour Van buzzing with activity from arrival time on Sunday through its Wednesday afternoon departure.

"It is not very often you get to design a Tour Van from scratch, so you want to make sure you get it right," said Southworth. Based upon the response of the Titleist Tour Leadership Team, as well as players, caddies and other tour support teams who have paid a visit so far, he seems to have accomplished his goal.

"This 'van' is basically our workplace and home for half the week for the next six or so years," said Southworth. "With that in mind, I took everybody's requests and suggestions into serious consideration and implemented them as best I could. I wanted it to be as efficient and comfortable as possible, primarily for our own tech reps that are building clubs everyday, but also for the players, caddies, managers, network associates and tournament officials that use it as a meeting place or to just hang out at some point during the week."

The word Southworth heard most often for the workplace area from his fellow tech reps was "maneuverability," that is, more space to hone their craft, which includes but is not limited to: replacing shafts, grinding and stamping clubs, changing grips, measuring lofts and lies, and just building clubs from scratch. There is also a separate workspace for the Vokey Design wedge team within the trailer.

The challenge was to accommodate those needs while still securing enough room to stock an inventory of shafts, clubheads, grips, tools, headwear, headcovers and umbrellas. There is also a separate computer station and wi-fi, a satellite dish, three television monitors, a couch, stools and table for meetings, and an ice chest and cabinetry for cold drinks and healthy snacks. 

This marks the third and most technologically advanced Titleist Tour Van since the original debuted in 2002. That 32-foot van was replaced late in 2006 by a 34-foot version which appeared at virtually every PGA Tour event (with the exception of Hawaii) over the past seven years, totaling nearly 130,000 miles crisscrossing the country. It will continue to be used to service the equipment needs of players on the Web.com Tour, making its first appearance at last week's Chiquita Classic.

"This is really a win-win for our Tour Leadership team," said Southworth. "We have a state-of-the-art trailer that will help our team service our growing list of full product line players more efficiently, and the Web.com Team will be able to do the same now that they have a full service van."

The FedExCup Playoffs took the weekend off but there was still plenty of exciting golf being played over the weekend including a pair of  all-Pro V1x sudden death playoffs at the Web.com and Champions Tour events.

At the Chiquita Classic, the second event in the Web.com Tour Finals series, Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Andrew Svoboda and Will MacKenzie finished at 12-under 276 to force a playoff. The final round action featured Svoboda closing with a 2-under par 70 and MacKenzie rallying with a 5-under par 67 to force the playoff. Svoboda prevailed with a par on the first extra hole to enter the winner's circle for the second time in 2013.

Meanwhile on the Champions Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Esteban Toledo earned his second Champions Tour victory of the season, topping fellow Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.

And on PGA Tour Canada, Mackenzie Hughes trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to birdie four of the last five holes to win the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, which secures his 2014 Web.com Tour status.

Titleist golf ball players have now earned 108 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 32 and more than all golf balls combined.

In total, 16,867 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,515 and more than all competitors combined.

It's time to take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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WEB.COM TOUR: Chiquita Classic

The victory marks the second win of the year for Svoboda who captured the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August for his first Web.com Tour title. He began the final round tied for first with Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson.

Of the 129-player Chiquita Classic field, 91 relied upon Titleist golf balls, seven times the nearest competitor with 13.

The Chiquita Classic was the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series. The top-25 players on the Web.com Tour money list - including Svoboda - are assured PGA Tour cards for 2014, while there are also another 25 cards available through earnings in the four-tournament series.



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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Montreal Championship

Toledo shot a final round 3-under 69 to match Perry in regulation at 5-under 211. They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th. The Champions Tour rookie captured the Insperity Championship in May, also winning that event on the third hole of a playoff. 



Of the 80-player Montreal Championship field, 65 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than 16 times the nearest competitor with 4. 

A total of 16 players finished among the top 10 and ties at the Montreal Championship with all 16 of them relying upon a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

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PGA TOUR CANADA: Cape Breton Celtic Classic

Hughes began the day six shots behind the 54-hole leader, but fired a 6-under 66, the best round of the day, to chase down the victory. The win ensures Hughes' playing status on the 2014 Web.com Tour.


Of the 154-player Cape Breton Celtic Classic field, 108 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 22.

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The road to the PGA Tour and the journey to secure a card for the 2013 - 2014 season continues this week at the Chiquita Classic as the Web.com Tour Finals roll on at River Run Country Club in Davidson, NC.

With 50 cards on the line at the end of the four event series, the players know that every shot is an opportunity to get one step closer to earning a spot on the PGA Tour.

This week, with the pressure of the finals building, 91 players in the field of 129 will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That’s seven times the nearest competitor with 13, and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (37), sand, lob and approach wedge (123) and putter (50) categories.

Check out the slideshow above for a quick tour of the range and around the course from earlier in the week as players readied their games and dialed in their gear.

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