Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney kept one of the PGA Tour's most underrated streaks going Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, reminding golf fans around the world that consistency ultimately pays off.

Watney, 29, made a surgical 72nd-hole birdie on the TPC Blue Monster's treacherous par-4 18th, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 15 feet to punctuate a two-shot victory and keep him and his caddie out of the barbershop for at least another week.

Using a bag full of Titleist equipment – including a new Titleist 910 driver and fairway metal – Watney shot a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 272 and earn the third victory of his PGA Tour career over a field that included all of the top 50 players in the world.

It also marked Watney's fourth-consecutive top-6 stroke-play finish (and fifth-consecutive top 10 finish overall) to start the 2011 season, keeping alive a friendly wager between player and looper.

"(My caddie) was going to go get a haircut in San Diego – it's really silly, but I just said, why don't we not get hair cuts until we finish out of the top-10," Watney explained to the media in his post-victory press conference. "And it's been five tournaments now, over a couple of months. I'm not sure how it's getting so much attention but his hair is looking a little bit nesty."


At Doral, it was mainly Watney's growing confidence that was on display.

He made two par-saving putts from 18- and 25-feet over his final five holes Sunday before closing things out with three perfect swings, highlighting a run of success that hasn't seen him finish worse than T-36 since last July.

Standing on the 18th tee with a one-shot lead, Watney pulled his 910D3 10.5º driver from the bag and drilled his tee shot down the middle of the fairway. He hit his AP2 8-iron over the right corner of the lake to 8 feet, then dropped in the game-winner using his Scotty Cameron Newport Tour Prototype putter.

(Nick gave Team Titleist a complete tour of his Titleist golf bag last week at Doral. Look for that video to be posted soon here on the Tour Blog.)

"The golf tournament wasn't over, and I wanted to give myself a putt," said Watney, who moved to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings.

"I putted the best I've ever putted under pressure today, and I just wanted to give myself a putt, and it worked out."

Titleist golf ball players have now won 10 out of the first 12 events of the 2011 PGA Tour season, including Pro V1x loyalist Michael Bradley's victory at the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday, and 22 total events worldwide.

Watney was one of 37 players at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (18); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (51); and Putters (19).

Of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 10 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Anders Hansen (Pro V1x/T-3), Luke Donald (Pro V1x/T-6), Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x, T-6), Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x, 9th), Jonathan Byrd (Pro V1, T-10), Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x, T-10), Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, T-10) and Martin Laird (Pro V1x, T-10).

For the week, Watney finished among the Top 14 in five different statistical categories, including: Birdies (1st/22); Putts Per Greens in Regulation (2nd/1.571), Greens in Regulation (T-12/68.1 percent), Driving Accuracy (T-12/58.9%) and Driving Distance (14th/297.6 yards). 

He is currently No. 1 on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (68.85), No. 2 in Birdie Average (4.88) and No. 2 in Scrambling (70.79 percent).

Perhaps his most impressive statistic? His final round scoring average: 66.25, which also ranks No. 1 on Tour.

Here's a closer look at Nick's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D3 10.5º, B•2 SFT setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White 83)
Fairway: 910Fd 15.0º, A•1 SFT setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue 93)
Hybrid: 910H 21.0º, A•1 SFT setting (Aldila VooDoo VS9)*
Irons (3-9): AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges
(54º, TVD60º): Vokey Design Spin Milled (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Tour Prototype (350g)

*Nick added a Titleist AP2 3-iron to his bag this week temporarily in place of his New 910F 19.0 fairway metal. There are a few holes at Doral that call for lower, more penetrating 220-plus-yard shots, which Nick feels more comfortable hitting with the 3-iron.

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PGA TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Michael Bradley captured the Puerto Rico Open for the second time in three years, winning in a sudden-death playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Matteson.



Bradley closed with his fourth straight 4-under 68 to match Matteson (who closed in even-par 72) at 16-under 272, then parred the par-5 18th in the playoff for his fourth-career PGA Tour victory.

"I really feel like, you know, the people in Puerto Rico have really opened their arms and hearts to me and have been very supportive of me," said Bradley. "And you can just tell. That means a lot. Not only is this a win for me, but hopefully it's a win for them, too."

Eight of the top 10 finishers on the leaderboard at The Puerto Rico Open relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Hunter Haas (Pro V1x, T-3) and Bobby Gates (Pro V1x, 6th).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 85 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (34); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (115); and Putters (50).

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Toshiba Classic with 49 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 13.  Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (19).

 

Some information from the Titleist Tour Van in the US regarding any equipment changes made by Titleist Pro's before the WGC Cadillac Championshipat Doral:

• Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the WGC-Cadillac Championship with 37 players teeing up Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also first in Iron Sets (18); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (51); and Putters (19).

• Due to the windy conditions this week in Miami, Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney added a Titleist AP2 3-iron to his bag this week temporarily in place of his New 910F 19.0 fairway metal. There are a few holes at Doral that call for lower, more penetrating 220-plus-yard shots, which Nick feels more comfortable hitting with the 3-iron. All of Nick's AP2 irons (3-9) have True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and are 1º weak from standard, as he is a lower launch/spinning player.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott is playing a new set of custom grind 710 MBs with KBS Tour shafts and a Tour-only satin finish. (Adam's irons are bent 1º weak as well.)

Adam also added a Graphite Design DI-8 shaft with a custom black paint scheme to his New Titleist 910 9.5 driver (switching from a Aldila RIP 80X shaft). He is putting with a 49-inch Scotty Cameron Studio Select Stainless Kombi for the second consecutive week.


Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy is putting The Blue Monster's greens with a new Scotty Cameron Triple Black 009 with a sight line. Geoff (pictured, right) has been working with a sight line at home the last couple of weeks, and said that it is helping him better line up his putts.

He has also added a 710 pitching wedge to the bag in place of his Vokey Design 250-08 wedge.

• Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Charley Hoffman, Robert Karlsson, S.Y. Noh and Nick Watney put in their orders for Vokey wedges with fresh grooves in anticipation of the Masters.

That list is certain to grow in the next two to three weeks.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy is debuting a new, longer putter this week: A 34-inch Scotty Cameron Del Mar Buttonback in Tour Black finish. He had a 32 1/2-inch Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback in the bag for over two years. (Team Titleist spoke with Rory about the new putter, and we'll post that video soon.)

Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler "blacked out" his trusty Scotty Cameron GSS Circle T Circa 62 #3 model this week with an all-black finish and black shaft. He's also got an all-black headcover to match.

Look out for more pictures of these new clubs in upcoming blog posts here on Team Titleist.

 

 

Exciting news, Team Titleist: Golf's newest slapstick comedian is back with another knee-slapper. Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane – a three-time PGA Tour winner and the star of recent smash Internet hits "Ben's Workout Routine" and "Ben On Pre Round" – premiered his latest episode Tuesday night on Golf Channel.

It's called "On Slow Play," and you can check it out now in the above video. (Just don't try any of it at your home course.)

For all of Ben's videos, head over to his Web site: www.bencranegolf.com. Enjoy!

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have already recorded 19 victories around the world. Since the introduction of the Pro V1 in 2000, the golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 1,500 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2011.

 

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (8) Hyundai Tournament of Champions Jonathan Byrd Pro V1
  Sony Open in Hawaii Mark Wilson Pro V1x
Farmers Insurance Open Bubba Watson New Pro V1x
Waste Management Phoenix Open Mark Wilson Pro V1x
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am D.A. Points Pro V1x
Northern Trust Open Aaron Baddeley Pro V1x
WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship Luke Donald Pro V1x
Mayakoba Golf Classic Johnson Wagner Pro V1x
 

EUROPEAN (2)  Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Avantha Masters S S P Chowrasia Pro V1x
     

LPGA (1) Honda LPGA Classic Yani Tseng Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (2) Allianz Championship Tom Lehman Pro V1
  Ace Group Classic Bernhard Langer Pro V1
       

NATIONWIDE (1) Panama Claro Championship Matthew Goggin New Pro V1x
       
       

S.AFRICAN (2) Africom Zimbabwe Open Theunis Spangenberg Pro V1x
  Telkom PGA Championship George Coetzee Pro V1x
       

ASIAN 0)    
       

JAPAN (0)      
       

AUSTRALASIAN (3) Victoria Open Paul Sheehan Pro V1x
  Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship James Nitties New Pro V1x
Queensland PGA Championship Gareth Paddison New Pro V1
     

CANADIAN (0)    

A pair of Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players captured momentous PGA Tour victories this week in a showcase of hard work and short-game confidence.

Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald won the prestigious WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, never trailing in any of his six matches at an unseasonably chilly (and sometimes snowy and icy) Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., including his 3-and-2 victory in Sunday's finale.

About 2,500 miles away in Mexico, Titleist Brand Ambassador Johnson Wagner won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in a sudden-death playoff, tapping his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the first playoff hole for his second career PGA Tour title.

Titleist golf ball players have now won eight of the first nine events to begin the 2011 PGA Tour season, including Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Baddeley, who won by two shots at last week's Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.


Also finding the winner's circle this season: Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson (Sony Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open), Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), New Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (Farmers Insurance Open) and Pro V1x loyalist D.A. Points (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).

Donald's victory at the WGC-Match Play will go down as one of the most dominant performances in tournament history, as he became only the second winner to never reach the 18th hole in any of his matches.

Throughout the week, Donald frustrated his opponents with the masterful short game for which he is renowned, trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to get up-and-down on several occasions from unfriendly and frosty terrain. In total, he made 32 birdies.

"I'm very diligent about working on my short game," said Donald. "I know that my game off the tee and some of my iron play, there is room for improvement, you look at my statistics. But I make up for it around the greens, especially the last few years. And I pride myself on being a good – having good fundamentals and working on it."

Donald was one of 36 players in the 64-player bracket that trusted Titleist golf balls, more than all other competitors combined. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (19), Hybrids (17) and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (50).

For the week, Donald played just 89 holes (just under 15 holes per match), a tournament record, and led after 81 of them. Credit that partly to getting off to good starts, as Donald was a combined 9-up and 8-under through Dove Mountain's first three holes.

"It couldn’t have gone any better – not to get to the 18th hole in any match this week and pretty much go through reasonably stress-free," Donald said of his third-career PGA Tour title. "I played solid this week."

 

• Wagner's short game also starred in Mexico, where he eventually triumphed in an all-Pro V1x playoff with New Pro V1x loyalist Spencer Levin.

Wagner and Levin were two of only three players to post four rounds in the 60s, both finishing regulation at 17-under 267. Levin closed with a Sunday's best 6-under 65, while Wagner's final-round bogey-free 67 was highlighted by an up-and-down at the par-4 16th after nearly hitting his drive into the right hazard.

"I laid it up and made an unbelievable up-and-down," said Wagner. "One of the best up-and-downs I've ever made in my life."

Wagner also made a 9-footer on No. 18 in regulation to force overtime, then two-putted from 15 feet for par on the 18th to win the playoff.

For the week, Wagner finished tied for fourth in greens in regulation (79.2 percent) and seventh in putts per greens in regulation (1.689).

"I'm just beside myself excited. I've been working really hard, and it's just nice to see -- it's nice to see stuff pay off when you work hard, and it shows," said Wagner, who finished last season at No. 126 on the money list. "It makes you want to work even harder."

Wagner was one of 88 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16.

Seven of the Top 10 finishers on the leaderboard also relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bobby Gates and Jarrod Lyle, along with Pro V1 loyalists Briny Baird and Brian Gay, all of whom tied for fifth.

Titleist also was first in Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (105); and Putters (52).

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Wilson and Wagner were two of five Titleist golf players to win last week across the worldwide professional tours. In 2011, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 19 total victories, three times more than the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined:



SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador George Coetzee shot a final-round 8-under 64 to win the Telkom PGA Championship for his first Sunshine Tour title in three years.

“I don’t think there are a lot of people who have hit more balls than me over the last two years,” said Coetzee. “But I am very glad it’s finally paid off, because while you’re battling, the question is always whether you’ll get out of the rut.”

Coetzee (Pro V1x) finished with a 27-under 261 total at the Country Club of Johannesburg, two shots ahead of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Neil Schietekat.

Coetzee and Schietekat were two of 107 players in the event that trusted Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 35.



• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: It was an all-Titleist finish at the Queensland PGA Championship as New Pro V1 loyalist Gareth Paddison led a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Titleist golf ball loyalists.

Paddison fired a final round 4-under 66 en route to an 18-under 262 victory total, two shots better than Pro V1 loyalist Kieran Pratt and New Pro V1 loyalist Terry Pilkadaris

New Pro V1 loyalist Peter Wilson finished fourth, while Pro V1 loyalist Mike Hendry placed fifth. 

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Queensland PGA Championship with 99 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Panama Claro Championship with 91 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.

The winner played the New Pro V1x golf ball and posted all four rounds in the 60s for an 11-under par 269 total.

Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (37); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (124); and Putters (59). 

LPGA: Forty-three players at the HSBC Women's Champions trusted Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all competitors combined.


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