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Posted: March 22, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland
gutted out a one-shot victory Sunday at the Transitions Championship at
Innisbrook's Copperhead Course for his first career PGA Tour title,
showcasing his recent diligence in improving his all-around game.Woodland
closed out the tournament with his third 4-under 67 of the week,
rolling in his Pro V1 golf ball from 10 feet for par on the par-4 18th
to secure the one shot victory and lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist
Titleist golf ball players have now won 11 of the first 13 events of
the 2011 PGA Tour season – and 24 total events across the worldwide
professional tours.In total, 93 players in the Transitions
Championship field trusted Titleist golf balls – including eight of the
top 10 players on the leaderboard – more than three times the nearest
competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.Woodland, 26, finished with a 15-under 269 total (67-68-67-67), one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (67-67-67-69). Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings finished alone in third (66-70-66-70-272).The
result should not have come as a surprise. Woodland entered the event
already with three top-6 finishes in 2011, including a runner-up finish
at the Bob Hope Classic. He also tied for fifth at the Waste Management
Phoenix Open and tied for sixth at last week's Honda Classic."We're
just at the tip of the iceberg right now. I'm not anywhere near where I
want to be. I've just got to keep building on it, just keep moving in
the right direction," said Woodland, who played Division II basketball
for a year before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf.
"These are signs that we're doing the right things."After
suffering a torn labium in his shoulder during his rookie season on the
PGA Tour in August of 2009, the long-hitting Woodland sat down with his
coach Randy Smith to map out a road back to rehabilitation and success.
"We attacked my stats, short game needed to improve, driving the golf
ball needed to improve, and that's what we've worked on for the last
year and a half. We started seeing results this year once I got
healthy...," said Woodland, who finished tied for 11th last December at
PGA Tour Q-School to earn his card for this season. "I mean, we sat down
right when I got hurt, and obviously that could be a big setback, but
we turned it into a positive."
Yesterday was only further proof, as Woodland was able to control a
roller-coaster back nine (four birdies, four bogeys, one par) with focus
and putting stroke down the stretch.On No. 17, Woodland hit his
Titleist MB 5-iron from 220 yards to 15 feet then sank the birdie putt.
"The putt really never left. It was always in," he said.
He rolled in a 10-footer for par on No. 18, becoming the seventh
player to win on the PGA Tour this season with a Scotty Cameron putter."I
didn't putt very well at the Bob Hope when I lost, and that's kind of
what's held me back," he said. "I've had three top sixes coming into
this week but didn't putt well on Sunday. Up to that point I putted well
but not under the pressure, and today that's what won the tournament."Woodland
has also spent time working on his flatstick with Titleist Brand
Ambassador Brad Faxon, one of golf's all-time greatest putters.
"The more I got out of Brad was mental stuff, preparation," Woodland
said. "You know, he was talking about my stroke was a little slow, and
maybe that's why I was coming up short at the Bob Hope. I kept coming up
short right. He gave me a drill. He talked to Randy Smith about it.
Randy gave me a drill to work on it. …. The last couple weeks we've
really focused on the speed of the putter, and it's really taken off."
For the week, Woodland tied for first in Total Birdies (22) and tied for second in Putts Per Round (27.0).
Hear more about what Gary had to say about his victory in the Titleist Tour Report below:
Here's a closer look at Gary's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: 910D3 7.5º, B•2 SFT setting (Aldila RIP 90)Fairway: 909F3 15.0º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96)Irons (3-9): MB (Project X Steel)Utility Iron (2): 503•I (Project X Steel)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•10, 254•12 (Project X Steel)Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled 260•08 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100)Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Prototype