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Posted: March 10, 2014
With four rounds in the 60’s that featured a total of 24 birdies and one eagle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson HadleyTitleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley was in top form this past weekend as he charged up the leaderboard and captured his first career PGA Tour title at the Puerto Rico Open. And to put an exclamation mark on the win, Hadley closed with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes at Trump International GC to win by two shots.
With Hadley’s win, Titleist golf ball players have now earned 27 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2014, more than four times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all other golf balls combined.
In total, 3,589 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 560 and more than all competitors combined.
Let’s review the action from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico in this week’s Team Titleist Tour Recap.
PGA TOUR: Puerto Rico Open
Hadley (Pro V1x) was one of 81 players who relied on a Titleist golf ball at the event, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the field favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (126) and putter (53) categories.
Hadley, who also trusts a full bag of Titleist golf clubs, posted a 21-under, 267 total to claim his first victory. The win comes in just the 13th career PGA Tour appearance for the 26-year-old and it earns him a two-year tour exemption along with spots in the 2014 Players Championship, 2014 PGA Championship and the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
What's in Chesson Hadley's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1x Driver: 913D3 (9.5º) driver with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 72 X shaft Fairways: 910F (13.5º) fairway metal with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 82 X shaft Utility Iron: 712U (3) with Mitsubishi Fubuki AX H500 X shaft Irons: MB irons (4-9) with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts Wedges: New Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) gap (52º), sand (56º) and lob (60º) wedges with Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
Hadley also becomes the first rookie winner since fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic in July.
"It's incredible. It's a dream come true,” Hadley said after the win. “This is what you dream of as a 6-year-old out in the bunker, hitting bunker shots on the range … It hasn't sunk in yet. It'll be nice to sleep on it and wake up in the morning knowing I'm a PGA Tour champion and nobody can ever take that away from me.”
Hadley won twice last year on the Web.com Tour, capturing the Rex Hospital Open in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., and the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.
Hadley’s fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador, Ben Martin closed with a 66 to finish in solo 3rd at 17-under 271.
Equipment Note: Hadley carries three new Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) wedges and credited his victory to his chip-in for birdie on No. 5.
“Probably the shot that won me the tournament was the chip in on 5. I mean I was dead over there and I hit the nastiest little nipper over there, and it snuck in the left door.”
Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) wedges will be available in golf shops beginning March 14th. (More details here).
TITLEIST LEADERBOARD: Hadley’s victory marks the 11th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors have now won 7 events on the PGA TOUR. Along with Hadley's success, other victories by Titleist Brand Ambassadors this season include: Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, SONY Open in Hawaii, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Zach Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and Scott Stallings (Farmers Insurance Open).
A Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball was also played by the winners at the CIMB Classic, McGladrey Classic, OHL Classic at Mayakoba and by Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) at the Northern Trust Open.