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Slideshow: On the Range with the #1 Ball in Golf at the 2014 Players Championship

Welcome to TPC Sawgrass and THE PLAYERS...
Welcome to TPC Sawgrass and THE PLAYERS Championship!1/31
We saw Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman...
We saw Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman signing some autographs as he made his way to the practice area...2/31
...as well as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Graham...
...as well as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Graham DeLaet and Jordan Spieth.3/31
Here's Jordan striking some shots under the...
Here's Jordan striking some shots under the watchful eye of Titleist Tour Rep Jim Curran.4/31
Jordan also put in some practice with his Scotty...
Jordan also put in some practice with his Scotty Cameron putter...5/31
...as did Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder,...
...as did Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder, who trusts a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2.7 model.6/31
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele, was also...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele, was also working hard this week on his putting. Here, Brendan checks out a new dual-balance Scotty Cameron prototype.7/31
Here's a closer look inside Brendan's bag.
Here's a closer look inside Brendan's bag.8/31
On the practice range, we spent some time with...
On the practice range, we spent some time with Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who was displaying the form that earned him THE PLAYERS trophy in 2004.9/31
We also saw Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon de...
We also saw Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon de Jonge on the range, warming up before a practice round...10/31
...and Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Jones, who...
...and Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Jones, who was at the range early, dialing in his iron game.11/31
Hitting fairways will be a key at TPC Sawgrass...
Hitting fairways will be a key at TPC Sawgrass this week and Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman was making sure he'll be spot-on with his 913D2 driver.12/31
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson, who won...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson, who won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, has the game and the nerves to do well on the demanding Pete Dye layout at TPC Sawgrass. 13/31
The classic swing of Titleist Brand Ambassador...
The classic swing of Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.14/31
Renowned golf instructor Butch Harmon was paying...
Renowned golf instructor Butch Harmon was paying close attention to star pupil...15/31
...Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker.
...Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker.16/31
A textbook finish from Jimmy, who's  looking...
A textbook finish from Jimmy, who's looking to win his fourth title of the year this week.17/31
The staff bag of Titleist Brand Ambassador John...
The staff bag of Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson is highlighted in purple and gold, the colors of his alma mater, Louisiana State University.18/31
Here's the staff bag of Titleist Brand...
Here's the staff bag of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner, who took some time out on Tuesday for fans and media alike.19/31
A closer look at Jason's clubs...
A closer look at Jason's clubs...20/31
...and a real close look at the custom stampings...
...and a real close look at the custom stampings on Jason's Vokey wedges.21/31
The powerful action of Titleist Brand Ambassador...
The powerful action of Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Flores.22/31
Here's a great shot of Titleist Brand...
Here's a great shot of Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Tringale firing through with his right side and chasing a hybrid shot down the target line.23/31
Here's Cameron working on a practice putting...
Here's Cameron working on a practice putting drill with short game guru James Sieckmann.24/31
At the practic green we found this custom Scotty...
At the practic green we found this custom Scotty Cameron gamer and the collector's edition headcover that will be protecting it this week.25/31
Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick discussing...
Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick discussing some strategy while warming up on the practice green.26/31
Here are the clubs that John will be relying on...
Here are the clubs that John will be relying on this week.27/31
Over at the short game area we ran into Titleist...
Over at the short game area we ran into Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann working on some pitch shots.28/31
The staff bag of Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve...
The staff bag of Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker, whose precision game should serve him well this week.29/31
Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy found a...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy found a spot where he was able to concentrate on some downhill lies.30/31
THE PLAYERS always seems to deliver on drama, so...
THE PLAYERS always seems to deliver on drama, so sit back and enjoy the action this Mother's Day weekend. Good luck to all the players this week at TPC Sawgrass!31/31

The PGA Tour plays the equivalent of a homecoming game this week, as the strongest field in professional golf returns to TPC Sawgrass for THE PLAYERS Championship.

2014 marks the 30th staging of the event and this year the THE PLAYERS is adopting a new 3-hole aggregate playoff in the event of a tie after regulation play. Many players and officials had felt that an aggregate playoff is more appropriate than sudden death for a tournament of this magnitude and the new system will certainly capitalize on the most dramatic holes at the Stadium Course - the risk/reward par-5 16th, the short par-3 17th, with its famed island green and the intimidating par-4 18th, a 462-yard, sweeping crescent that is guarded by water from the tee to the putting surface.

Bragging rights are on the line this Mother's Day weekend as the best players on the PGA Tour vie for the prestigious title of "Players Champion."

 With so much at stake, one choice is clear as 89 players in the elite field of 144 will trust a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (36), sand, lob and approach wedge (131) and putter (52) categories.

Check out the gallery above for a quick tour inside the ropes from earlier in the week.

FAST FACT: The famous green at the par-3 17th hole was not originally intended to be an "island green". Course architect Pete Dye had only intended to front the green with a small pond in his original plans. But during construction, other holes around the course required dirt and load after load was taken from around the 17th, leaving a large depression surrounding the green. Dye's wife, Alice, an accomplished player and course architect in her own right, liked the look and suggested that excavation be turned into an encircling pond, creating the iconic hole that we enjoy today.

Good luck to all the players this weekend!

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  1. Deno

    Thanks for the inside look on the range.  Always a favorite of mine.

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