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It's the first stop of the 2013 PGA Tour season on the continental U.S. and a quick look at the Humana Challenge leaderboard (which is currently dominated by red numbers) shows that players already have their games in shape.

And as the official counts come in,Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Humana Challenge with 106 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the favorite in the iron sets (42), sand, lob and approach wedge (160) and putter (57) categories.

Highlighting the golf ball count, a total of 62 players are relying upon a 2013 Pro V1 (11) or Pro V1x (51) prototype as the tour seeding and performance validation process continues.

Check out the slideshow above to go inside the ropes and see what the players including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, Webb Simpson, Bud Cauley, Kevin Na, and Patrick Cantlay, among others, were up to early in the week.

Good luck to the field!

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Team Titleist EMEA packed up their gear and made the trip to Abu Dhabi Golf Club to catch up with the Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in the field for the 2013 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. This tournament marks the start of the three event Desert Swing on the European Tour, and also sets the pace as the Race To Dubai starts in earnest!

And as the players catch their stride in the year long race, Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with 75 players of the field of 126 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge category with 138, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 70.

A total of 32 Titleist golf ball loyalists relied upon a new 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Matteo Manassero, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Levet, Gregory Bourdy, Michael Hoey and Lee Slattery, as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists including major winners Michael Campbell and Todd Hamilton, along with Joost Luiten, Tom Lewis and Gregory Havret.

Check out the slideshow above to take in some of the action from earlier in the week and thanks to Team Titleist EMEA for all of the great images!

There is still dew on the fairways of 2013, but Titleist golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen is in mid-season form. Oosthuizen relied on his new 2013 Pro V1x prototype for a come-from-behind victory at the Volvo Golf Champions in his native South Africa on Sunday. Louis began his final round five shots back, but closed with a joint best of the day 6-under 66, to edge the overnight leader by one stroke.

In the land where palm trees sway, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark trusted his new 2013 Pro V1 prototype to a final round 9-under 63 and second place finish at the Sony Open in Oahu, Hawaii.

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EUROPEAN: Playing in just his second official event with the new 2013 Pro V1x prototype, Titleist golf ball loyalist Louis Oosthuizen captured the Volvo Golf Champions. He posted a 16-under par 272 victory total which included six birdies in the first 11 holes Sunday.

“After being five down, to make it up after 12 holes, I was really chuffed about that. I just played really well all day.”

The win marked Oosthuizen’s sixth career European Tour title and elevates him to the fourth spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Oosthuizen has had seven top-ten finishes in his last eight starts.

He becomes the fifth player to win with a new 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball since the seeding process began last fall, joining Luke Donald (Pro V1x/Dunlop Phoenix), Adam Scott (Pro V1/Australian Masters), Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1/Japan Series JT Cup) and Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x/107 Visa Open de Argentina) in the new prototype victory circle.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the winners-only event, with 17 of the 33 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than twice the nearest competitor with seven. Oosthuizen’s win is the first for Titleist on the 2013 worldwide professional tours.

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PGA: The 2013 PGA TOUR’s first full-field event is in the books from Honolulu where 144 players teed it up at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls with 103 players relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.

A total of 62 Titleist golf ball loyalists relied upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (12) or Pro V1x (50) prototypes, including runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark (New Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB irons, 712U 4-iron, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges) and third place finisher Scott Langley (New Pro V1x), who was playing in his first event as a PGA TOUR rookie. Langley tied for third with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Charles Howell III, as three of the top four finishers relied upon Titleist for their success. Titleist was also the field favorite in sand, lob and approach wedges with 135 and putters with 57.

In addition to the new golf ball, Clark put a new Titleist 913F fairway metal (15.0) and 712U prototype 4-iron in play this week for the first time. The last time TT saw Tim Clark was in Las Vegas in November, where he first put his New Pro V1 in play.

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Aloha, Team Titleist! We're coming to you straight from the range at the Plantation Course at Kapalua as the 2013 PGA Tour Season kicks into gear with the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The field is stacked and the players are ready to get back to work. Here are some early notes as we look forward to the start of the season...

Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker is seeking to defend his 2012 Tournament of Champions title after firing four consecutive rounds in the 60's en route to a three shot win and 23-under par 269 victory total. Stricker leads a group 20 Titleist golf ball loyalists, including nine Brand Ambassadors who will be competing in the winners-only event. He was one of 23 players to win a combined 29 times on the 2012 PGA Tour with a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with four.

The Plantation Course at Kapalua is a par 73, measuring 7,452 yards. At 68.963, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions featured the lowest final round scoring average of 2012.

Jason Dufner and Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler will be the first on the tee to start the 2013 PGA Tour season Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The duo is set to tee off in the season opener at 10:35 a.m. local time.

Dufner, who secured his first two career wins in 2012 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, is in a virtual tie for 8th place in the Official World Golf Rankings with Masters champion Bubba Watson. They are the highest world ranked players participating this week.

Dufner also enters the tournament owning the longest active consecutive cut streak at 21. That will be extended to 22 as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a no-cut event.

Fowler earned his first career PGA TOUR title and a trip to Kapalua after winning the Wells Fargo Championship in a three-way playoff.

Joining Dufner, Fowler, Watson and Stricker on the Titleist tee sheet this week are Brand Ambassadors Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship), Scott Piercy (RBC Canadian Open), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic), as well as golf ball loyalists Jonas Blixt(Frys.com Open), J.J. Henry (Reno-Tahoe Open), John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic), Hunter Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play, Shell Houston Open), Ryan Moore (Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Ian Poulter (HSBC Tournament of Champions), Ted Potter, Jr. (The Greenbrier Classic), Johnson Wagner (SONY Open in Hawaii) and Mark Wilson (Humana Challenge).

A total of 3,773 players teed up a Titleist on the 2012 PGA Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 602.

In addition to its winning golf ball (29) success, Titleist players also combined to lead the 2012 PGA TOUR in victories across every major equipment category for the second consecutive year, including drivers (17), fairway metals (17), hybrids (8), irons (18), wedges (23) and putters (17).

Having confidence in your golf ball and knowing it is going to perform as expected when the pressure is on, is key to success.

Just ask Angela Stanford.

"This year in Singapore we had to play the 18th hole multiple times in our playoff. And for me in the past it has always been a tough tee shot," said Stanford.

"Every time we went back there I knew the exact shot I wanted to hit and that gave me momentum... I knew I was going to hit the fairway. And I knew I was going to give myself an opportunity into the green."

It took three trips to the 18th but at the end of the day, Stanford's confidence in her Pro V1 helped her emerge as the champion.

Watch the video above and check out some other Team Titleist Shots of the Year by visiting the links below...

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Louis Oosthuizen Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Zach Johnson Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Rickie Fowler Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Jason Dufner Edition

Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Scott Stallings Edition

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