Leading up to the final majors of 2013, Team Titleist caught up with Jason Dufner on the range at the Travelers Championship and, as always, Jason was kind enough to take some time out for us and share some insight on a variety of topics – including what it would mean to him to become a major champion.

"I feel like I've established myself as a guy who can compete out here and play in the big events. To win one of those events would be a lifelong dream, and a crowning achievement on my career," said Jason.

Fast forward a few weeks and after a historic run at Oak Hill Country Club, Jason’s name will forever be inscribed on the Wanamaker Trophy and it is a dream come true.

Congratulations, Jason!

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For Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner, it was certainly a week to remember at the PGA Championship and it went something like this…

Thursday: Get off to a solid start and put yourself in prime position.

Friday: Set a new course record, join the elite group of players to fire a 63 during a major championship and climb to the top of the leaderboard.

Saturday: Keep the nerves in check and continue the steady play.

Sunday: Put on a display of precision shot making skill, keep the field at bay, hoist the Wanamaker Trophy and add your name to the history books.

Trusting his Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment including a new set of AP2 prototype irons (714 series), Jason went on to post a 10-under par 270 total (68 - 63 - 71 - 68) at historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY to claim his his first career major championship victory.

“For me to be competitive on this type of golf course, I felt like I had to have a great week ball?striking and I was able to do it.  I hit a lot of fairways,” Dufner said after the round. “When I did hit the fairways, I hit a ton of greens, and that was the difference for me.”

Jason started the final round on Sunday one shot off the lead, but he routinely found the center cut of the fairway on a very narrow set up at Oak Hill Country Club and steadied his sights on the pins as he hit one green in regulation after another. Keeping himself in near perfect position throughout the round, he continued to apply pressure to the field as he reclaimed the lead on the eighth hole and never looked back.

“It was a tough test for me,” Dufner said. “My name will always be on this trophy, and nobody can take that away from me, so it's a great accomplishment for me and I'm really excited about it.”

Jason joins Titleist Brand Ambassador and 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott as a first-time major champion during the 2013 PGA Tour season. The win also marks the 90th victory for Titleist golf ball players on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 31 and more than all other competitors combined.

Of the 156-player field, 87 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 24.

Titleist is also the top choice in the iron (41) and sand, lob and approach wedge (142) categories.

What’s in Jason Dufner’s bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 910D2 driver (9.5º),  913F fairway metal (13.5º), 913F.d Low Spin fairway metal (18º), 913H hybrid (19º), AP2 prototype irons  (714 series) (4-PW), Vokey Design SM4 56.14 (bent to 54º) sand wedge and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedge, Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 #6 putter.

Equipment Notes from the PGA Championship…

Leading up to the PGA Championship, Jason continued to work closely with the Titleist Tour Support team to dial in his equipment which included a transition to a new set of AP2 prototype irons (714 series) at the WGC event at Firestone a week earlier. In an interview with Team Titleist at Firestone, he commented on the new and improved sole design and bounce configuration, which resulted in an improved turf interaction.

Jason was one of 15 players in the PGA Championship field who put a set of new prototype irons in play. Titleist Brand Ambassadors Tim Clark (CB) and Marc Leishman (MB) were among the players who put the irons in play for the first time at Oak Hill.

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Web.Com: Andrew Svoboda, relying on his Pro V1x golf ball, fired an 8-under 64 in Sunday’s final round to win the 24th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper and earn his first career title.

Following the round which saw Andrew hit all eighteen greens and ten of the fourteen fairways, Svoboda told reporters, “I knew I had to go low,” he said. “I knew it was going to be at least 20-under.”

Svoboda reached 20-under, and kept going lower: “I knew what was going on,” Andrew said in an interview. “When I got to 20 I thought I wanted to get to 22. When I did that, I just made sure to make pars down the stretch.”

Of the 156-player field, 109 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

The season’s final major is underway at Oak Hill Country Club and the story lines are shaping up as we head into the weekend at the PGA Championship.

Will there be another first time major winner this season? Will we see a player add the Wannamaker Trophy to his existing major championship collection? And will we see another dramatic finish that comes down to the wire?

And as we watch the play unfold, 87 players will be trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball at the PGA Championship. That’s more than three times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the iron (41) and sand, lob and approach wedge (142) categories.

Low numbers are being posted and we're rooting for an exciting culmination to the 2013 Major Championship season on the PGA Tour.

Good luck to all of Team Titleist!

Tips from TPI: Shaping Shots

Thick rough and tree-lined fairways frame Oak Hill’s challenging East Course, and with its classic design, the course will demand precision from all players in this week’s PGA Championship field.

So what is one of the keys to getting around a layout like this? The ability to work the ball and shape your shots.

Team Titleist checked in with Dave Phillips, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), to get a few tips on how we can refine our shot making skills to help all of us add a couple of go-to shots to our bag.

So if you’re looking to dial in your draw, check out the video above. And if you want to add that controlled cut shot to your repertoire, hit play on the video below.

Don’t forget to check out the new MyTPI.com for even more great tips and advice for your game.

Each year on the PGA Tour there are only four opportunities to join the elite ranks of players who share the title of “Major Champion.”

For most players, if not all, the quest for a major championship is what drives them week in and week out. It’s the reason they put in the long hours on the course and on the practice range. A major title also cements your name in the history books.

And as fans, we know that winning a major requires a brilliant performance on a challenging golf course against the world’s best golfers.

So what would it mean to win a major? Well that’s what we asked Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick and Titleist golf ball loyalists Rickie Fowler (Pro V1), Billy Horschel (Pro V1x), Henrik Stenson (Pro V1x) and Michael Thompson (Pro V1x) in the video above. 

We also got a little insight from three-time major champion and Pro V1x loyalist Padraig Harrington… check it out. 

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