It's been a while since my last blog. As I write this I am currently in Greensboro for the last event of our regular season. It's amazing how fast the season goes.

My last event was the Canadian open. It was great being back home playing In front of a home crowd.  It's my favorite tournament of the year. Hamilton CC is such a great course and all the players I spoke to, loved it.  I didn't have my best stuff all week by any means, but I was able to put respectable rounds together of 69, 69, 70, 70 to finish around 50th.  It was a little disappointing because it is a very important tournament for me as it is for all of the Canadians in the field.  The support I receive at our National Championship is something I wish everyone could experience.  It's a really cool feeling knowing that everyone is sincerely hoping the best for you.  

Golf Canada ran a great tournament.  I was honoured to win the Rivermead trophy as low Canadian.  All the great names in Canadian golf have their names etched on that trophy and I'm very happy to add my name to that list. Hopefully next year it is on the big one!  If not me, then another Canadian would be just as sweet.

Right after the Canadian Open I flew straight to Alaska and went fishing with a few good buddies for a week.  It really was the trip of a lifetime! My favorite thing in the world to do is fish and it was a dream trip.  It is the only time I can completely get away from the grind of professional golf and totally relax.  I caught a 55+ pound King Salmon along with probably 50-100 other fish without exaggeration. We lost count after a couple days.



After a nice two week break it is time to get back to business, though.  My game feels great and I'm excited about the next few weeks.  I really want to make a run into the playoffs and that starts Thursday here in Greensboro.

Thanks for the continued support,
GD

Welcome to PGA Championship week! The final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season is here and players are gearing up for a major test on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

Team Titleist recently caught up with brand ambassadors Geoff OgilvyGreg ChalmersBill Haas and Marc Leishman to get their take on navigating the Ocean Course and why they trust Pro V1 and Pro V1x for their games.

With unpredictable weather, tough terrain and a layout that can be stretched out to just under 7,700 yards factoring into the equation, having confidence in your game and your golf ball is going to be key for players in the field.

"The more you can believe what you are going to hit and hit with, the better the swing you're going to put on it," said Ogilvy. "It's a trust and belief issue more than anything."

Chalmers adds, “I've been using the Pro V1x for seven or eight years, I know what it's going to do and I'm confident it's going to do it."

Hear what else they had to say in the video above. 

Earlier this week Team Titleist made the trip to Akron, Ohio to check in with the field at WGC at Firestone Country Club - the last stop before the season's final major. The 78-player field features 49 of the top 50 players in the world and promises to be a showcase of the top talents in golf.

This week offers veteran WGC players like Titleist Brand Ambassador and defending champion Adam Scott along with Bill Haas and Ben Crane one final tune-up before traveling to Kiawah, SC in search of their first major victory. For other WGC first-timers like Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Weisberger, Firestone is a tough challenge after his victory at the Lyoness Open.

In total, 46 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (22) and sand, lob and approach wedges (102).

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2,000 miles away in "The Biggest Little City in the World" at the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open, 87 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Titleist is also first in iron sets (30); sand, lob and approach wedges (136); and putters (54).

Good luck to both fields and here's to a weekend filled with great golf!

This past weekend, Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson hosted the annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic at his home course, Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Foundation Classic benefits the Kids on Course program, a charter program that helps students in the Cedar Rapids school district reach their academic and individual potential.

On Sunday afternoon, Zach hosted a short game clinic with the help of the Vokey Team and Zach's coaches, Mike Bender and Dr. Mo Pickens. All of the donors and participants received short game advice from Mike as well as mental instruction from Dr. Mo.

One of the many highlights of the afternoon was the wedge fitting session, where each participant was fit for a custom Vokey Design SM4 wedge.

The Vokey Team was joined by Titleist staffer and prominent fitter Bryan Haas from the Titleist Advanced Fitting Center at Riverside Golf Resort. Bryan and his team worked with each participant to determine bounce recommendations, yardage gapping and the optimal shafts for their new wedges.

During his closing remarks, Johnson, a 9-time PGA Tour winner, gave his thoughts on the afternoon, "What you see is me front and center, but you don't always see the team behind me. Team Johnson is critical to my success. I want to thank Titleist, Bob Vokey, and the Vokey fitters for making this a special event."

Click on the image below for a slideshow of pictures from the event. For more information on Vokey SM4 wedges, please visit Vokey.com.

To find out more information on the Zach Johnson Foundation, visit ZachJohnsonGolf.com.

This past weekend marked a big milestone for the tour launch of the new prototype 913 drivers as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bernd Wiesberger and Ben Kohles recorded the first official wins on the worldwide professional tours with the new 913 drivers in their bag.

Wiesberger tweeted earlier this month after one of his first test session's with his new 913D3 driver, "I don't think I have ever hit a Driver that good. Guys, you can really look forward to the new [Titleist] 913 Driver line!"

Fast forward to this past weekend and he found himself atop the leaderboard on home soil at the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria. This marked the first official win for the new Titleist 913 driver and Wiesberger's second career European Tour victory (and second win of the year).

Wiesberger worked with the Titleist European Support Team to get dialed in with his new driver and landed on the Titleist 913D3 7.5º with an Aldila RIP Alpha 80 shaft and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of A•1.

Back in the United States, Ben Kohles (who finished his amateur career last week) stepped up to the tee in his first professional event with a new 913D3 in the bag and never looked back. Trusting his new 913D3 driver, Kohles finished T-1 for the tournament in driving accuracy and won in fashion by dropping a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.

Kohles driver specs: Titleist 913D3 9.5º with a Graphite Design DI-7x shaft at 44.5" (tipped at 1") and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of D•1. 

"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Kohles, the first player to win an event on the tour in his pro debut. "What more can you ask for in your first pro event than to win? It's still a bit of shock and I'm not sure it's all sunk in yet." 

We are only a few short weeks into the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype 913 drivers and the buzz on tour is continuing to build. Check out the links below for more 913 driver coverage and stay tuned to Team Titleist for the latest updates.

First Look: Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers

Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers Begins

Video: Seeding, Testing and Fitting the New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers

Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers – Day 2

Video: First Impressions of New Prototype 913 Drivers

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