As the final events play out for the 2013 season on the worldwide professional golf tours, the winning ways continue for players trusting Titleist. Relying on a Pro V1x golf ball and new AP2 irons (714 series) among his full bag of Titleist equipment, Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play to capture the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. The comeback will be long remembered for a stunning hole out by Johnson on the 72nd hole that forced a playoff in which he ultimately prevailed.

 Joining Johnson in this week's winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Marcelo Rozo captured his first career victory on the LatinoAmerica Tour, raising the trophy at the VISA Argentina Open. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 158 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

 To date, 22,010 players have trusted a Titleist golf ball across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,238 and more than all other competitors combined.

Let's review this weekend's action from around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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PGA TOUR (Unofficial): Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

Johnson's dramatic finish came after his approach to the 72nd hole found the hazard fronting the 18th green. Playing his fourth shot from a drop zone 58 yards from the flag, Johnson played a knockdown shot with his Vokey Design Hand Ground, 60-degree, V-Grind lob wedge that skipped, bounced twice, halted inches beyond the pin and then spun back gently into the heart of the cup, capping a 4-under round of 68. The par matched his playing partner, who got up and down from a greenside bunker at the last to send the contest to extra holes. Both players finished with 13-under 275 scoring totals.

 Returning to the 444-yard 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club for the first playoff hole, Johnson struck a perfect drive down the right side of the fairway. Relying upon his new AP2 9-iron, Johnson struck a solid approach that left him a 15-foot birdie putt. His birdie bid burned the left edge of the cup, but the tap-in par was all he needed after his fellow competitor made bogey.

Just prior to attending the Northwester Mutual World Challenge, Johnson visited the Titleist Test Facility in Oceanside, CA.  During testing with the Titleist Club R&D Team, Johnson decided to put new AP2 irons (714 series) in the bag, as well as a new 18-degree 913FD fairway metal.

The new AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons feature progressive designs to produce optimum launch, trajectory and distance for each loft.  Advanced CG height progression, precisely designed into both models, creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control to help players stop the ball on the green, closer to the hole.

While the World Challenge is not recognized as an official event on the PGA TOUR schedule, it does provide world ranking points and the win vaulted Johnson to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.  This marks the first time in his career that Johnson has occupied a spot in the top-10.

"I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky," Johnson would say after the victory. "A little too dramatic for me.”

Though luck was on his side at the last, Zach's play down the stretch seemed to foreshadow the memorable shot. On the par-5 16th, he laid up and nearly holed a sand wedge from 88 yards. The shot led to a tap-in birdie. On the very next hole Johnson flagged his 8-iron tee shot, sinking a four foot birdie putt that gave him a share of the lead as they headed to the wild finish.

WHAT’S IN ZACH JOHNSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, 913FD (15.0°, 18.0°) fairway metals, AP1 (4) and new AP2 (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design Hand Ground (60°, V-Grind) wedge.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: VISA Argentina Open

 Of the 131-player field, 108 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.

In the final event on the 2013 LatinoAmerica Tour calendar, Marcelo Rozo closed with an even-par 72 on Sunday, good for a 10-under-par 278 and a two-shot margin of victory in his first LatinoAmerica Tour win.

Jeff Gove (Pro V1x), a three time winner on the Web.com Tour, finished with a 5-under 67 to take solo second at the event.

Two players tied for 3rd at 7-under 281, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Bronson Burgoon.

WHAT’S IN MARCELO ROZO’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach (52°) and lob (58°) wedges.

 

Across the world of golf, the winning momentum continued for Titleist golf ball players, as two more Titleist golf ball loyalists entered the winners' circle this week, led by Titleist Brand Ambassador Gagnjeet Bhullar, who captured his first Asian Tour victory of the season at the Indonesian Open.

Along with Pro V1x loyalist Fabian Gomez, who captured his maiden LatinoAmerica Tour victory at the Personal Classic, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 157 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

To date, 21,749 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,206 and more than all other competitors combined. Proof yet again that Titleist is the #1 ball in golf.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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ASIAN TOUR: Indonesian Open

Of the 144-player field, 96 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Gagnjeet Bhullar won in wire-to-wire fashion on Sunday, closing the Indonesian Open in style with a bogey-free 3-under 68 in the final round. The win marks the fifth career Asian Tour victory for the Indian.

Bhullar, who shot four rounds in the 60s, posted a 16-under 268 total, good for a three-shot margin of victory.

"In golf anything is possible, that's what I have always believed in,” said Bhullar after the win. “If you have trust in your abilities and will power, you can excel anywhere.”

WHAT’S IN GAGANJEET BHULLAR’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (7.5°), 913FD fairway metal (13.5°, 18.5°), AP2 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.

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ONEASIA TOUR: Emirates Australian Open

Of the 156-player field, 115 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott came within a single shot of capturing a rare Australian triple crown on Sunday, posting a runner-up finish at the Emirates Australian Open. Scott, who earlier this month had captured both the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Masters (in addition to partnering for an Australain win in the World Cup), shot a 1-under 71 in his final round at Royal Sydney GC. He posted a 17-under 271 total, one shot away from forcing a playoff.

Scott, who had set a course record with his opening round 10-under 62, kept the near-miss in perspective. Though admitting to reporters on Sunday that he "was gutted" at not having closed out the Aussie Open, he recognized how successful 2013 has been for him.

"It's been a great year. Obviously I didn't want to finish like that (but) I'll get over this tonight and look forward to a few weeks rest and get ready to go next year".

In addition to his wins down under, Scott captured his first major title at this year's Masters Tournament and added a FedExCup playoff event win at The Barclays. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the Offical World Golf Rankings.

WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Personal Classic

Of the 132-player field, 107 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 8 times the nearest competitor with 13.

It was a 1-2-T3 finish at the Personal Classic in Buenos Aires, where each of the top-6 players relied on a Titleist golf ball for his success.

Pro V1x loyalist Fabian Gomez captured his first LatinoAmerica Tour title on home soil on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 at La Reserva Cardales. The performance gave the Argentine a 19-under 269 total, two shots clear of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Christian Espinoza.

Bronson Burgoon (Pro V1x) and Matias O'Curry (Pro V1) both posted 7-under 65s in the final round for a share of joint 3rd place with Pro V1x loyalists Rafael Echenique (66) and Maximiliano Godoy (69).

 It was a quick flip of the European Tour calendar as the 2013-14 season kicked off this week with the South African Open. And carrying over the excitement from last week’s finale in Dubai that featured Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stensontaking home the DP World Tour Champions title along with the season-long Race to Dubai, Titleist Brand Ambassador Morten Ørum Madsen began the new season in style, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs through the bag in claiming his first career European Tour title.

Madsen’s win highlighted a weekend in which Titleist golf ball players claimed five victories around the globe, including Shanshan Feng’s win at the CME Group Titleholders (Pro V1x/LPGA Tour); Luke Donald’s successful defense of his title at the Dunlop Phoenix (Pro V1x/Japan Tour); Titleist Brand Ambassador Aron Price’s win at the Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open (Pro V1x/Australasian Tour); and Guang Ming Yang’s victory at the China PGA Champions Chongqing Event (Pro V1x/China PGA Tour).

 To date, 21,391 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,252 and more than all other competitors combined.

 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 155 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with 39 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: South African Open Championship

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 109 players in the field of 156, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

The 25-year-old Madsen closed with a five-under par 67 to finish with a 19-under 269 victory total, two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger and Pro V1x loyalist Hennie Otto. Madsen was one of only two players in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s, posting scores of 67-66-69-67.

“I’m just over the moon,” the Dane said after his breakthrough win. “I’m so happy. I mean coming down here, I expected to play well but I didn’t expect to stand here. It’s kind of clichéd to say it hasn’t really sunk in, but it really hasn’t.”

What’s in Madsen’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 913F fairway metal (15°), 913H hybrid (17°), 712U 3-iron, MB irons (3-9) 714 series, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.

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LPGA TOUR: CME Group Titleholders

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 41 players in the field of 69, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7.

It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders where Shanshan Feng closed with a six-under par 66 to claim the richest prize in women's golf.

Feng opened with four birdies in six holes to go from two shots down to the outright lead, and never gave ground the rest of the way.

Pro V1x loyalist Gerina Piller finished solo second to post her best finish on the LPGA Tour.

Feng played the final 31 holes without a bogey. The win was her third of the year.

Fellow Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis became the first American since 1994 to win the Vare Trophy for her 69.484 scoring average, the lowest this year on the LPGA Tour.

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JAPAN TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 37 players in the field of 84, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald fired a final round 5-under par 66 to successfully defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix.

Donald extended his overnight two-stroke lead to a winning margin of six by posting seven birdies and two bogeys en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 111 players in the field of 144, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Titleist Brand Ambassador and New South Welsh native Aron Price (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, 712U utility iron, new CB irons (714 series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) won the NSW Open by four shots over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2, 913FD, 712U, 714MB irons, Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Adam Bland (Pro V1x) and Aaron Townsend (Pro V1).

“I grew up playing in the NSW junior events and I caddied in this event 20 years ago. I have always remembered that so I would rather win the NSW Open then the Queensland or West Australian Open,” Price said following the victory.

Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the event.

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CHINA PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: Chongqing Event

 Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players in the 133-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.

Entering the final round three shots behind the leader, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Guang Ming Yang closed with a 2-under-par 70 to capture the China PGA Champions Tour’s Chongqing event.

Yang finished with a 14-under par 274 victory total, three shots clear of two players, including Pro V1 loyalist Bin Yan.

The win marks the first career title on the China Tour for Yang.

Eight of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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This week marked a special homecoming for Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who returned to his native Australia for the first time since his historic victory at this year’s Masters Tournament. Adam’s return served as a perfect subplot as Australia served host to the first of a trio of tournaments that are considered golfing majors down under. Scott came through with the perfect ending for Act One on Sunday, winning the Australian PGA Championship in commanding fashion and leading a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players on the worldwide professional golf tours.

In addition to Adam’s storybook win,Titleist Brand Ambassador Victor Dubuisson relied on a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist clubs from tee to green as he captured his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.

With additional wins on the PGA Tour and LatinoAmerica Tour, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 148 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 38 and more than all other competitors combined.

In total, 20,725 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,026 and more than all competitors combined.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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AUSTRALIAN/ONEASIA TOURs: Australian PGA Championship

Of the 156-player field, 109 players relied upon Titleist golf balls at the Australian PGA Championship, more than four times the nearest competitor with 25. Titleist golf balls were the choice of the top 13 finishers and 21 of the top 22.

Adam Scott fired a 4-under par 67 to capture the storm-delayed Australian PGA at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast of Queensland. He secured the win with a 14-under par 270 victory total, four strokes clear of fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x), who shot a final round 3-under 68.

Playing together in the final pairing on Sunday, Scott and Fowler marked their balls on the 12th fairway after a severe storm warning suspended play with Scott holding a one-shot lead. When play resumed, Scott’s approach shot from the fairway, a 4-iron from 266 yards, nearly holed out for an albatross and he made the 1-foot eagle putt.

Scott, the first Australian to win The Masters, now becomes the sixth Australian to win each of the Australian major championships in his career (Australian PGA, Australian Open and Australian Masters titles).

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913FD fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter), who is completing the third year of his traineeship at the Kingswood GC in Melbourne, finished a shot behind Fowler for solo third.

WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.

"I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this,” said Scott after the victory. “It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week.''
“This is the one I desperately wanted. It’s the icing on an incredible year. To come home and play in front of my Queensland family meant a lot. This one is for my family, especially my dad (Phil) who is a PGA member.”

Scott moves on to Royal Melbourne next week to defend his Australian Masters title. Then he will represent the Australian team at the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne, and will follow up with the Australian Open at Royal Sydney a week later.

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EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Open

Of the 78-player field, 45 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12.

Victor Dubuisson outlasted several of the world’s top-ranked players who were in close pursuit at the Turkish Airlines Open to earn his maiden European Tour victory.

The 29-year old Dubuisson took a five-shot lead into the final round and began his final round by parring nine consecutive holes. He ended up topping Titleist golf ball loyalist Jamie Donaldson by two shots, but there was plenty of back nine drama.

Donaldson aced the 16th hole following birdies on 11, 13 and 15 to tie Dubuisson at 21-under par with two holes remaining. Playing ahead of Dubuisson, Donaldson birdied the closing hole to post a Sunday-best 9-under par 63 en route to setting the clubhouse target at 22-under 266.

Dubuisson drained a 25-foot putt for birdie on 17 and then added insurance with a birdie on the final hole for the winning margin of 23-under 265.

WHAT’S IN VICTOR DUBUISSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5°), 913Fd fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, new AP2 (714 series) irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (52°) wedges and a Vokey Design prototype lob (58°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.

“I don't know how to describe it,” Dubuisson said after securing the title. “Holing this putt on 17 was like; it was incredible. It was incredible, and the birdie on 18, it's a bonus. But even on the last putt, I was feeling so much stress. After this day, it was the longest day on the course that I've ever had. I'm very proud of what I did.”

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson remains atop the Race to Dubai standings and seeks to become the first player to win both the FedExCup Championship and Race to Dubai in the same season with one tournament remaining on the European Tour schedule.

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PGA TOUR: McGladrey Classic

Of the 132-player field, 83 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. Nine of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.

The champion of the The McGladrey Classic trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to post a final round 4-under 66, good for a 14-under 266 total and a one-shot margin of victory over fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Briny Baird and Tim Clark (913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 4-iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges).

Clark closed with a Sunday-best 8-under par 62 to set the clubhouse lead at 13-under par 267.

The win marks the fourth win for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first five events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Lexus Peru Open

Argentina’s Julian Etulain (Pro V1x) closed with a final-round 2-under 70 to win his first career LatinoAmerica title at the Lexus Peru Open.

The 25-year-old Etulian posted a 13-under 275 total, good for a one shot margin of victory.

Titleist golf ball players have now won 7 events on the 2013 LatinoAmerica schedule, compared to 2 for the nearest competitor.

 



Trusting Pro V1x golf balls on every shot, three more players from across the globe each turned in championship performances and entered the winner’s circle on Sunday.

In South Africa, veteran Tjaart Van Der Walt teed up a Pro V1x golf ball at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and ran away from the field, winning his first Sunshine Tour victory by six shots. On the Korean Tour, overnight leader In-Hoi Hur cruised to a four-shot win at the Herald KYJ Tour Championship. And in South America, Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez prevailed in extra holes to capture the Arturo Calle Colombia Open.

Adding three more victories to the trophy count, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 145 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR: Lion of Africa Cape Town Open


Of the 156-player field, 117 relied upon a Titleist golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26.

Van Der Walt (Pro V1x) posted a 14-under 274 in securing his maiden Sunshine Tour title.

Hennie Otto (Pro V1x) claimed solo 3rd place at 7-under 281, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Trevor Fisher Jr. (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, CB irons (714 series), Vokey Design wedges) and Pro V1x loyalist Doug McGuigan both signed for 5-under par, 283 totals to tie for 5th.

Four of the six players who finished among the top-5 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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KOREAN TOUR: Herald KYJ Tour Championship

Of the 102-player field, 73 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 12.

In-Hoi Hur (Pro V1x) closed with a 1-under par 71 en route to a 12-under 276 victory total, four shots ahead of three players, including Titleist Ambassador Joon-Woo Choi (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913FD fairway metal, 913H hybrids, CB irons (714 series), Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Hyung-Tae Kim (Pro V1x) and Gi-Whan Kim (Pro V1).

Nine of the top ten finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Arturo Calle Colombia Classic

Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (Pro V1x), who birdied 7 of 9 holes in one mid-round stretch, erased a nine-shot deficit he faced at the start of his final round to grab a share of the lead at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, both competitors parred the first hole of sudden death. At the next, the difficult 233-yard par-3 No. 9th at San Andrés Golf Club, the 32-year-old Rodriguez hit the elusive green. With his opponent unable to get up and down from the rough, "Camarón”, as he is known on Tour, calmly two-putted to secure his second LatinoAmerica Tour victory of the season.

The victory vaults Rodriguez to No. 1 on the LatinoAmerica Tour Order of Merit with four events remaining on the 2013 schedule. 'Los Cinco’, the top five players on the Order of Merit at the conclusion of the season, will earn status to play on the 2014 Web.com Tour.

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