Titleist golf ball loyalist Ken Duke captured his first-career PGA Tour title with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Travelers Championship. Trusting the Drop-and-Stop performance of the Pro V1 golf ball, Duke confidently fired his final approach shot inside 3 feet and converted the putt for his maiden victory.

Duke was one of 104 Titleist players in the field of 156, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. He also topped a leader board that was covered with the names of Titleist golf ball loyalists, including 10 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter) finished a stroke out of the playoff in third, while Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) finished fourth, two shots behind the winner.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson posted bookend 5-under par 65s on Thursday and Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth place, three shots out of the playoff. Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x) and Rickie Fowler (Pro V1) were the only two players who posted better scores than Simpson on Sunday. Cabrera closed with a 7-under 63 to finish T-9, while Fowler fired a final round 6-under 64 to finish T-13.

The best round of the week went to Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo 5 putter), who shot a 9-under par 61 on Thursday. Hoffman eventually finished T-7 for his fifth top-10 finish of the year. 

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NOTES FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS

WEB.COM TOUR:  Rex Hospital Open

- Of the 156-player field, 108 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.

- With a performance fit for a Hollywood script, Raleigh native and Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley fired a final round 7-under 64 to cap off a storybook winning effort in front of his family and friends. 

- Hadley waited out a lengthy rain delay before chasing down the 54-hole leader to win by two and earn his first-career title.  He was five strokes behind the leader entering Sunday’s closing round.

- On Sunday, he played the final 10 holes in 7 under, including a birdie his final hole to secure the outright lead at 19 under.

- Hadley fired four rounds in the 60s, including an opening round 8-under 63. 

- What’s in the Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 driver (9.5), 910F fairway metal (13.5), 712U utility iron (3), MB irons (4-P),  Vokey Design SM4 TVD gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.

- It was an emotional win for Hadley, who was born at Rex Hospital nearly 26 years ago.

- Said Hadley:  “Honestly I can’t believe I won this. This is the greatest thing that has happened in my golfing career. It’s a dream come true.”

- Hadley advanced from No. 88 to No. 3 on the Web.com Tour money list in the span of five weeks, posting four top-10s in his last five starts: T-3/BMW Charity Pro-Am, T-6/Mexico Open, 2nd/Mid-Atlantic Championship, MC/Air Capital Classic, Winner/Rex Hospital Open.

- Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 10 times on the Web.com Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor (3).

JAPAN TOUR:  Japan Golf Tour Championship

- Satoshi Kodaira, a 23-year old "Young Gun" from Japan, earned his first-career JGTO title by one shot over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors and Pro V1x loyalists S.K. Ho of Korea and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.

- The win earns Kodaira a five-year exemption on the Japan Golf Tour, as well as an invitation to the WGC-bstone Invitational in August.

- What’s in Satoshi Kodaira’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 910D3 driver (9.5), 909H hybrid (17.0), 913Hd hybrid (20.0), MB irons (4-9), Vokey Design pitching (48), gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.


Team Titleist is heading to our nation's capital this week to bring you all of the action from the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club.  

And as we get ready to head out to the range tomorrow morning, we'll be joining our Tour Reps and a few Golf Club R&D team members to capture the beginning of the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype Titleist MB, CB, AP2 and AP1 irons (714 Series).  

The Titleist tour department has built prototype sets for Titleist Brand Ambassadors to test and put in play as part of our development process. All Titleist golf clubs go through this critical step to validate their performance before being launched to market. 

Click on the image above for a first look at the new family of prototype Titleist irons (714 series) and make sure you stay tuned to Team Titleist as we'll continue to share more news as the tour seeding and performance validation process continues across the worldwide professional tours.


This weekend two players stepped into the winners circle for the first time, each relying on the unbeatable performance of a Titleist golf ball.

On the European Tour, it was a top-10 sweep for Titleist golf ball players at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, where Pro V1x loyalist Simon Thornton defeated Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt on the first hole of a playoff to capture his first career victory. And at the Air Capital Classic, Pro V1x loyalist Scott Parel charged home with a final round 7-under-par 64, breaking through for his first Web.com Tour title in 161 starts.


With two more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 69 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all other competitors combined.

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

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EUROPEAN: Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Simon Thornton

The 36-year-old Thornton holed several clutch putts in his final round, none more demanding than the testy 10-footer he faced on the final hole of regulation. Thornton converted the putt to tie Van der Walt at 5-under 279 and force a playoff. On the first extra hole, with Van der Walt bunkered short right, Thornton calmly lagged a 25-footer from the fringe that burned the left side of the cup. When Van der Walt was unable to get up and down for par, Thornton tapped in for his first European Tour title.

It was an emotional Father's Day win, one that Thornton would dedicate to his late father.

“It’s so big for me,” Thornton said. “On father’s day too, he passed away three years ago and it still hurts, but they are happy tears today. This is dedicated to him."

Thornton rose steadily through the Irish professional ranks, and then through the European Challenge Tour en route to his first victory.

“Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me,” Thornton said. “I’ll go home this week now and celebrate, take a week off, and then play in the Irish Open.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Seve Benson turned in the best performance of his European Tour career, finishing alone in 3rd after a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday left him one shot out of the playoff. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Dinwiddie (Pro V1) finished at 2-under 282, good for solo 4th.

Of the remaining players who secured top-10 positions on the leaderboard, every one trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. They included: Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Lloyd (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalsit Pellie Edberg (T-5/ 1-under 283), Pro V1x loyalists Augustin Domingo, Jeppe Huldahl and Victor Riu (T-7/ Even 284) and Jamie Elson (Pro V1x), Daniel Gaunt (Pro V1x), Max Glauert (Pro V1), Brooks Koepka (Pro V1x), who all tied for 10th at 1-over 285.

Of the 156 players who competed at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, 122 trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 17, and more than all other competitors combined.

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WEB.COM: Air Capital Classic
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Scott Parel

In Wichita, Kansas, Parel's sizzling final round 64 was highlighted by a birdie-eagle-bidie stretch on holes 13-15. His 18-under 266 total at Crestview CC gave him a 3-stroke margin of victory over nearest rival Alex Aragon (Pro V1x), who closed with a 6-under 65. Pro V1x loyalist Alex Prugh finished two shots further back, good for 3rd place.

Parel, who worked as a computer programmer for ten years before pursuing his dream in professional golf, now has his sights set on the Web.com Tour's top-25. At the conclusion of the Cox Classic event in late August, the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list will earn PGA Tour cards. With the win, Parel now moves from 153rd to number 14.

“Obviously I’m playing well now,” he said. “My goal now is to climb up there as high as I can and a win is a good start toward it.”

At 48 years, 1 month, and 2 days, Parel becomes the oldest winner of the event well as the fourth oldest winner of a Web.com Tour event.

At the Air Capital Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 107 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all other competitors combined.

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PGA: United States Open Championship

For the 65th consecutive year, Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the U.S. Open. Of the 156-player field, 64% (97) relied upon Titleist golf balls, over four times the nearest competitor with 23.

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ASIAN: Queen's Cup

At the 2013 Queen's Cup, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 82 players in the field of 142, more than all other competitors combined.

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SOUTH AFRICAN: Polokwane Classic

At the 2013 Polokwane Classic, Titleist was the most played golf ball with 88 players in the field of 142, more three times the nearest competitor with 25 and morethan all other competitors combined.

 

What does it take to win the U.S. Open?

Each year a new script is written and each host course typically makes it mark among the history books as the twist and turns unfold.

Last year at the Olympic Club, it came down to a clutch par save on the 72nd hole for Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, as he secured the victory and added the title of U.S. Open Champion to his resume.

So what was the winning recipe for Webb?

“In the U.S. Open, more importantly than anything, is the mental side of it. You’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to let things come to you,” said Webb.

Hear what else Webb had to say in the video above as he prepares to defend his title at Merion and see a special moment that we captured earlier in the year that features some pretty exclusive Pro V1x golf balls.

Video: Welcome to U.S. Open Week

Challenging rough, tough pin placements, narrow fairways and a lot of pressure.

Welcome to U.S. Open Week.

As many of the world’s best players make their way to Ardmore, Penn., a true test awaits them at Merion Golf Club. And while a U.S. Open presents one of the toughest challenges and demands precision shot making, it is the type of competition that also drives players to be at their very best.

As we get ready for the drama to unfold, Team Titleist caught up with a number of Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists to get their take on what it means to compete and what it takes to win.

Check out the video above to see what players like defending U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, reigning Masters Champion Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matteo Mannassero, and Tim Clark (among others) had to say as they look to rise to the challenge.

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