At or near the top of the leaderboard since Friday, Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney teed off in his final round at The Barclays two shots behind the overnight leader. Late Sunday, Watney drained a 10-foot birdie at the last to punctuate a 2-under 69 and come-from-behind 3-shot victory at The Barclays to vault him to the top spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

“Winning a tournament is hard, but winning out here and against this field was very, very difficult. I'm kind of still on a high right now. I'm still kind of ready to play the next hole,” said Watney.

Watney, who averaged 299.3 yards off the tee with his Pro V1x golf ball and new prototype Titleist 913 driver, also finished among the top 15 in three tee-to-green statistical categories. He tied for 2nd in Greens in Regulation (75), 11th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.722) and T15 in Driving Accuracy (69.6%).

Watney described his emotions following the dramatic victory, “Still pretty amped up, and I'm so excited for everything that comes with this. But mostly I'm just proud that I was able to pull it off.”

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 118 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nine times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Watney becomes the second player to win on the PGA Tour with a new prototype 913 driver, following fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy’s record breaking win at the PGA Championship.

What's In Nick Watney's Bag?:
Ball:
Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 
913 prototype driver 10.5º (Diamana White 83) B•2 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal:
Titleist 910F 15º (Diamana Blue 93) A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 19º Motore Speeder VC 8.2 A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Irons:
Titleist AP2 3-PW (Dynamic Gold)
Wedge:
Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold)
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype

Only the top 100 players advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship for the second of four Playoffs events. The biggest move belonged to Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 913F prototype fairway metal, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach, sand and lob wedges), who started the week at No. 106 and was right on the bubble going into the final round. DeLaet closed with two birdies for a Sunday-best 65, moving up 62 spots to No. 44.  He finished in a four way tie for 5th place that included Titleist Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Barclays marked the debut of the new Titleist 913 fairway and hybrid prototypes on tour. The new metals follow the tour introduction of the prototype 913 drivers that have been in play across the worldwide professional tours since June. Titleist had a total of 56 combined fairways (36) and hybrids (20) in play at The Barclays, including 11 new prototype 913 fairways and four prototype 913 hybrids.

The list of players putting the new prototype 913 fairways and hybrids in play at The Barclays included: Greg Chalmers; Ben Crane; Ben Curtis ; Brian Davis; Brendan deJonge; Graham DeLaett; Martin Flores; Chris Kirk; Rory McIlroy; and Jimmy Walker.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in The Barclays field of 123 in the golf ball category with 83, more than six times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (36), wedge (144) and putter (45) categories. A total of 34 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including 21 new prototype 913 drivers.

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EUROPEAN: There was a little added pressure this week at the Johnnie Walker Championship as it was also the final event for European players to earn a coveted spot on the European Ryder Cup team. Not leaving anything to chance, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Paul Lawrie secured his spot on the team with a solid performance and a four-stroke vicotry over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Brett Rumford.

The win marked Lawrie's second win of the 2012 European Tour season and his 8th career win on the European Tour.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 156 in the golf ball category with 100, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.

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CHAMPIONS: Pro V1x loyalist Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic for his third career Champions Tour title, topping fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Mark O'Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.  Blake and O'Meara both birdied the same hole in regulation for matching final round 4-under 68s that left them tied at 10-under 206.  Willie Wood (Pro V1x), coming off his first Tour victory last week, posted a final round 70 to finish a stroke out of the playoff.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 81 in the golf ball category with 58, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8.  The top six finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge category with 65 in play.

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WEB.com: Titleist Brand Ambassador Darron Stiles fired a final round 4-under 67 en route to an 18-under par 266 to capture the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot.  He finished one shot clear of Pro V1x loyalists Scott Gardiner, D.J. Brigman and Nicholas Thompson. Fun fact: Darron Stiles won this same event 10 years ago.

What's In Darron Stiles' Bag?
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: 
910D3 7.5º (Aldila VooDoo VS7)
Fairway Metals:
Titleist 910F 13.5º
Hybrid:
910H 17º
Irons:
Titleist CB
Wedge:
Vokey Design SM4 56º, 61º (True Temper Dynamic Gold with Sensicore)
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Select Newport Fastback

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the News Sentinel Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 105, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (40), wedge (149) and putter (64) categories.  A total of 32 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including 26 who chose the new prototype 913 drivers.

The win is the 12th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2012 Web.com Tour, six times the nearest competitor with 2.

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LPGA: The winner of the event trusted a Titleist Pro V1 for a record-setting victory. She became the youngest winner ever on the LPGA tour and is the first amateur to win an LPGA event since 1969. Titleist was also the top choice of more players in the field of 144 in the golf ball category with 100, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12.

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CANADIAN TOUR: Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category with 102 players trusting Pro V1 and Pro V1x, more than four times the nearest competitor 22.

This week as the first leg of the 2012 PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup kicks off, Titleist Brand Ambassador and newly crowned winner of the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy, will be adding new prototype Titleist 913 fairway metals to his bag. After working closely with the Titleist Tour Support team earlier in the week at The Barclays, McIlroy headed to the 10th tee on Thursday  (he started on the back side) ready to put the new clubs through their paces.

"Rory's had such good success with the 913 driver that he was very excited to see the 913 fairways," said  Chris Tuten, Director of Titleist Tour Promotions.

The switch for McIlroy is significant considering he has played the Titleist 906F 3 and 5 metals for the majority of his professional career.  He recently replaced his 18* 906F2 5-metal at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with a Titleist 910F 17* model.  He played the 910F again one week later when he captured his second career major in a record-breaking victory at the PGA Championship.

The Barclays marked the debut of the new prototype Titleist 913 fairways and hybrids on tour.  The new metals follow the tour introduction of the prototype 913 drivers that have been in play across the worldwide professional tours since June.  Titleist had a total of 56 combined fairways (36) and hybrids (20) in play at The Barclays, including 11 prototype 913 fairway metals and four prototype 913 hybrids.

The list of players putting new prototype 913 fairways and hybrids in play at The Barclays includes Titleist Brand Ambassadors Greg Chalmers, Ben Crane, Ben Curtis, Brian Davis, Brendon deJonge, Graham DeLaet, Martin Flores, Chris Kirk and Jimmy Walker.

Check out the video above to hear more about Rory's fitting and stay tuned to Team Titleist for more updates as the tour seeding and performance validation process continues for the entire family of prototype 913 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids.

This week at The Barclays, the PGA Tour begins the 2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs on The Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. 

In total, 83 players in the field are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (36), sand, lob and approach wedges (118) and putters (45).

With 2,5000 FedEx Cup Playoff points going to the winner, the pressure is on as players look to finish the weekend inside the top 100 to earn a spot in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

Check out the slideshow above for a closer look at some of the action from earlier in the week.

After holing a putt on the final hole to force a playoff, Willie Wood trusted a Pro V1x to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open to lead a four-win week for Titleist players around the world.

With Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen already in the clubhouse at 13-under, Wood rolled in a lengthy birdie putt at the last to card a final round 68 to send the duo to a playoff. In the all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff, Wood made par on the extra hole to capture his first career Champion's Tour victory.

"That may have been the biggest putt I've ever made on the 72nd hole," said Wood who last won the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic for his lone PGA Tour victory.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 112 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon and three other Titleist golf ball loyalists - Tom Lehman (Pro V1), Kenny Perry (Pro V1x) and Joey Sindelar (Pro V1x) - tied for 3rd place, just one shot out of the playoff.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 81 in the golf ball category with 58, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8.  The top six finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge category with 65 in play.

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WEB.COM: 

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Shawn Stefani secured his first career Web.com Tour title with a two-shot win at the Midwest Classic.  Stefani closed with a 7-under 64 en route to a 17-under 267 victory total.  The win vaults Stefani from 54th to 12th on the Web.com Tour money list. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.

"The win hasn't really sunk in yet, but this is something you dream about as a kid," Stefani said. "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  When the year started I had a couple of goals. One was to win a tournament and the other was to finish in the top 25 and earn my PGA Tour card."

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Midwest Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 108, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 16.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (49), wedge (173) and putter (61) categories.  A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 26 who chose the new 913D3 (20) and 913D2 (6) prototype models.

The win is the 11th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2012 Web.com Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2.

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JAPAN: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Toshinori Muto birdied the final hole to go wire-to-wire en route to a one shot win at the Kansai Open Golf Championship.  It marked the fifth career JGTO victory for Muto, who closed with a two-under par 69 for an 18-under 266 victory total.  Muto becomes the first player on the Japan Tour this season to lead an event start to finish. 

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field in the golf ball category with 53.  Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 8 of the first 11 events on the 2012 JGTO Tour.

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CANADIAN:  Pro V1 loyalist Alan McLean made a clutch birdie down the stretch to secure his first Canadian Tour victory on Sunday at the Jamieson WFCU Windsor Roseland Charity Classic.

Playing in his 132nd Canadian Tour start, the 42-year old McLean closed with a 4-under 66 to post a 10-under 270 total, good for 2-shot margin of victory.

"It's a relief to win. I enjoy winning and I don't think I've done enough of it in my career," said McLean. "Hopefully I can use this as a platform to build upon."

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PGA:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark fired a final-round 67 at the Wyndham Championship to finish at 16-under 264, good for a runner-up finish and his best performance of the season after returning from wrist surgery that cut short his 2011 campaign.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley shot 2-under 68 to finish a further shot back, alone in 3rd.  Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker matched his best performance of the year, sharing 4th place with two players including Pro V1x loyalist Chad Campbell.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Wyndham Championship field of 156 in the golf ball category with 108, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (38), wedge (144) and putter (61) categories.  A total of 36 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 21 new 913D3 (16) and 913D2 (5) prototype models.

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U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Titleist was the favorite equipment brand among the field of 312 at the U.S. Amateur Championship, with more players relying upon the #1 ball in golf by an overwhelming margin of 258 to 27 for the nearest competitor.  Titleist was also the top choice in drivers (98), fairway metals (112), hybrids (88), iron sets (116), approach, sand and lob wedges (387) and putters (128).

For a full recap of player trust in Titleist equipment at major amateur championship events in 2012, CLICK HERE.

As the sun rises Monday morning on Long Island, N.Y., it will bring with it a series of firsts - the first event of the 2012 PGA Tour Playoffs at The Barclays, the first time The Barclays will be contested over the challenging Black Course at Bethpage State Park, and for Titleist Brand Ambassadors who have played their way into the playoffs it will be a first look at the new prototype Titleist 913 fairways and hybrids on the PGA Tour.

And we're excited to be bringing you a quick look of what the players will be testing at The Barclays.

Team Titleist is en route to Bethpage Black and we'll be checking in throughout the week with inside-the-ropes updates as players work with the Titleist Golf Club R&D team and Tour Reps to get their SureFit Tour settings dialed-in.

As with the 913 prototype driver launch at the AT&T National in June, this marks the official introduction of the new fairways and hybrids on the PGA Tour and kicks off the tour seeding and performance validation process that all Titleist clubs go through prior to being released in the market.

Quick Fact: 913 is the series designation for the new family of metals. Titleist continues to release metals under the 900 number designation with the “9” standing for metals and the “13” indicating the new model year, 2013.

As the tour seeding and performance validation process continues in the coming weeks across the worldwide professional tours, we'll continue to share more news and product details here on Team Titleist.

Stay tuned!

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