As golfers, we've come to expect the unexpected from the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Sure, gather the best 64 players in the world and seed them in a bracket and watch February Madness ensue.

But, SNOW? Delaying the start of a golf tournament? The above photo from Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter captures the story earlier this week.

Still, Team Titleist found a way to get a few lenses around The Golf Club at Dove Mountain before hot chocolate became the beverage of choice.

And as the snow melts off the fairways and greens at Dove Mountain, the majority of players trust that performance is the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship with 34 of the players in the field of 64 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than three times the nearest competitor with 10, and more than all competitors combined. 

Poulter is one of 21 who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (5) or Pro V1x (16) golf ball this week.

Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge category (49).

Click on the image above to open the slideshow and go on the range and inside the ropes with Team Titleist to check out the photographs of what players like Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-BelloSteve Stricker and Tim Clark have been up to this week.

From all corners of the earth, players who rely on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success proved again Sunday why Titleist is the #1 ball in golf.

On the PGA Tour, hometown favorite and Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick trusted his New 2013 Pro V1x to his first career victory on the PGA Tour in a playoff victory at the Northern Trust Open. The LPGA began their season this week and Pro V1 loyalist Jiyai Shin trusted her New 2013 Pro V1 to a come-from-behind victory at the ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open. On the European Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt trusted the performance of his New 2013 Pro V1x to win the Africa Open by two shots. For the second time in three seasons, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Bernard Langer captured the Ace Group Classic on the Champions Tour. And on the Australasian Tour it was Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Kennedy joining the group in the winner's circle with his Pro V1x.

Join Team Titleist as we wrap up the weekend...

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PGA: Northern Trust Open

Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick

Defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas began Sunday's round of the Northern Trust Open with a three stroke lead over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Webb Simpson and John Merrick. But Sunday proved a special break-through day for Merrick.

John birdied the par-4 10th and par-5 11th hole Sunday at Riviera to take sole possession of the lead at 12-under. Merrick then withstood the charge from the most talented field to compete on tour thus far in 2013, to qualify for the tournament-deciding playoff. In his seventh season on tour, Merrick continued his strong performance by making a pair of pars to triumph and to capture his first career PGA Tour victory and jump to 4th in the FEDEX Cup standings. What makes the victory even more sweet is the fact that Merrick grew up in nearby Long Beach, CA, played collegiate golf 6 miles down the road at UCLA, and has dreamed of winning a professional tournament at Riviera since he was a boy.

"To win a tournament in front of family and friends and in your hometown with people shouting out 'Bruins' and 'Long Beach' to win a tournament in front of them, on the PGA TOUR with this field and all the past champions and this golf course, this is one of my favorite golf courses?? it's my favorite course, actually. I can't even describe it.  It's a dream come true."

What's in John Merrick's Bag?

Ball: New 2013 Pro V1x
Driver: 913 D2 (8.5)
Fairway Metals: 913F (13.5), 913H (19)
Irons:
MB 3-PW (712)
Wedges:
Vokey Design SM4 54 & 60
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Newport Tour

Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field with 92 players in the field of 144, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 19.  Titleist was also first in wedges (135) and putters (53).

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EUROPEAN: Africa Open

Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Africa Open with 115 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

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LPGA: ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open

Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Ji-Yai Shin

Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open with 105 players in the field of 157, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 10. Eighty-six players transitioned into the New 2013 Pro V1 (51) or Pro V1x (35) at the first event of the year.

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CHAMPIONS: ACE Group Classic

Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Bernard Langer

Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 59 golf ball players in the field of 81 at the ACE Group Classic, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 9.  Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (65) and putter (65) categories.

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AUSTRALASIAN: Queensland PGA Championship

Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Kennedy

What's in Brad Kennedy's Bag?

Ball: New 2013 Pro V1x
Driver: 913 D3
Fairway Metals: 913F, 910H
Irons: AP2 (712)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2

Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category among the field of 132, with 104 players (79%) relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x model, compared to 19 players for the nearest competitor.

Tour validation continues for the New 2013 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x, as Titleist golf balls were relied on by more than 300 players on the three professional tours competing worldwide this weekend.

At the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, three of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (New 2013 Pro V1) and Titleist golf ball loyalist James Hahn (Pro V1x). On the Champions Tour, the winner trusted the New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition and won his first-ever event at the Allianz Championship in Florida. Finally on the European Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassadors George Coetzee (New 2013 Pro V1x) tied for third place at the Joburg Open in South Africa, marking his fourth consecutive top-10 finish.

Let’s get to the Team Titleist weekend wrap-up…

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PGA TOUR: 2013 AT&T NATIONAL PRO-AM

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (102), sand, lob and approach wedge (128) and putters (56) among the field of 156 at the AT&T National Pro-Am. In fact, Titleist golf balls were played by more than four times the nearest competitor with 23. A total of 60 players at the event relied upon the New 2013 Pro V1 (9) or New 2013 Pro V1x (51) that began shipping to golf shops worldwide in January.

Three of the top five finishers at the event relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (New 2013 Pro V1) and Titleist golf ball loyalist James Hahn (Pro V1x).

The T3 finish at Pebble Beach was the best of the year for Walker, who closed with a bogey-free 66 on Sunday. He has now played in and made the cut at all five full-field events this year, including a previous best finish of T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open. He is scheduled to play again in next week’s Northern Trust Open where he finished T4 a year ago, two strokes out of a three-way playoff which was won by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: 2013 ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP

Winner: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (59) in the field of 81, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 8.

Tied for second place, two shots back, was Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. and Bernhard Langer (Pro V1), as Titleist golf ball loyalists occupied the first five positions on the leaderboard.

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EUROPEAN TOUR: 2013 JOBURG OPEN

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (145), irons (71) and (323) among the field of 210 at the Joburg Open in South Africa. In fact, Titleist golf balls were played by more than six times the nearest competitor with 24.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors George Coetzee (New 2013 Pro V1x) and Ricardo Santos (New 2013 Pro V1x) tied for third place with Titleist golf ball loyalist Felipe Aguilar (New 2013 Pro V1x). It marked the second straight third place finish for Aguilar, while Santos matched the winner’s closing 64 for best final round of the day.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls continue to collect victories around the world as the champion of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earned his second European Tour title, propelled by a switch to the new 2013 Pro V1x earlier in the week. And on domestic soil, seven of the top 10 finishers at the Waste Management Phoenix Open relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy who fired a final round best 10-under 61 to move into solo third place.

Let’s get to the Team Titleist weekend wrap-up…

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EUROPEAN TOUR: 2013 OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Winner: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist

The victory was the fourth consecutive for players trusting Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls on the 2013 European Tour.  He joins Chris Wood (Qatar Masters), Jamie Donaldson (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship) and Louis Oosthuizen (Volvo Golf Champions) in Titleist’s 2013 European Tour Winners’ Circle. 

Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with 82 players in the field of 132 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 19, and more than all competitors combined. A total of 39 players at the event relied upon the New 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x.

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PGA TOUR: 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

As he charged up the leaderboard Sunday, Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy made six birdies on the back nine at TPC Scottsdale. Statistically, Piercy trusted his Pro V1x to hit every single (100%) green in regulation and 71% of the fairways on Sunday.

What's in Scott Piercy’s Bag?

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 7.5º
Fairway: Titleist 913F 13.5º
Irons: Titleist AP2 (4) and 690 (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 49º, 53º, 57º,60º
Putter: 
Scotty Cameron Select GoLo

Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Waste Management Open with 87 players in the field of 132 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly 5 times the nearest competitor with 18, and more than all competitors combined. A total of 56 players at the event relied upon the New 2013 Pro V1 (11) or Pro V1x (45) that began shipping to golf shops worldwide last week.

Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (134) and putter (48) categories.

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Grab your sunscreen and a bottle of water, this week the tour is between the cacti in Arizona at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Open.

What makes this tournament Super? Ideal scoring conditions and great weather to start. And a 16th hole inside a stadium packed with one of the loudest galleries of the year.

For these reasons, many of the best players in the world like Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason Dufner and Bill Haas make sure they are in the field for this one.

And for a majority of players in the field, performance is the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Waste Management Open with 87 players in the field of 132 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly 5 times the nearest competitor with 18, and more than all competitors combined.

This includes a total of 56 players who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (11) or Pro V1x (45) golf ball – which made their public debut last Thursday at the PGA Show. Check out this post for more details.

Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (134) and putter (48) categories.

Check out the slideshow above to go on the range and inside the ropes with Team Titleist to check out what the players like Titleist Brand Ambassadors Tim Clark, Dong-Hwan Lee, Mark Leishman, Charley Hoffman, and Ben Crane among others, were up to before things got down to business on Thursday.