Team Titleist caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet during the Travelers Championship pro-am on Wednesday and got his reflections on what it takes to succeed at TPC River Highlands. DeLaet, a 2006 Boise State graduate and native of Saskatchewan, Canada, has mounted a solid 2015 campaign that includes two top 10's and three top 25 finishes coming into the week.

"I really enjoy playing here," said DeLaet, who is playing in the Travelers Championship for the sixth consecutive year. "It is probably one of the most fun courses we play on tour all year. Depending on weather conditions the winning score could be anywhere between 10-under and 20-under. You just never know. We got some torrential rain yesterday so the course is playing a little soft right now. If that stays true some guys could go low."

The course will play to 6,841 yards and a par 70.

"The track is not real long by tour standards, but it gives you a lot of different club options of the tee," said DeLaet. "It allows you to use every club in your bag and really makes you think about how you want to play certain holes. Course management will be a key to success because there are a lot of risk-reward opportunities that can help you gain or possibly lose momentum during a round."

Last year's winner, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Kevin Streelman, birdied the final seven holes to win by one shot.

DeLaet specifically pointed out hole Nos. 15-18, describing them "as the most exciting closing stretch we play on tour. Depending on where you stand when you get to No. 15, you have to decide whether to go for the reachable par 4 or not. If you are off line you could get into big trouble with water on the left and sand on the right. If you get it on the green you have a shot at eagle. Water also comes into play on each of the next three shots, including the tee shot on No. 16, and the tee shot and approach shot on No. 17. You need a great tee ball in order to have a shot at birdie on No. 18."

 DeLaet has already started the week off in the right direction by winning the sixth annual 15 ½ Charity Challenge presented by Travelers during Tuesday's practice round.

The 15 ½ hole is a 40-foot wide, 15-foot long floating green shaped in the form of the Travelers red umbrella logo. The green bobs on the surface of the pond bordering the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. As players come off the 15th green, they each take at shot at hitting the tiny target. Graham won top honors this year, recording the closest shot to the pin at two inches.

Travelers will donate $10,000 to the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, a foundation the DeLaets created to improve the health and wellness of children, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all stages.

Congratulations on the great shot, Graham, and good luck this week!

WHAT’S IN GRAHAM DELAET'S BAG
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D4 (8.5º) 
Fairway: Titleist 915Fd (13.5º)
Irons: Titleist CB 714 (3-5) and MB 714 (6-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5, pitching (46º), sand (54º) and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedges

Take a closer look at the closing holes at TPC River Highlands in the gallery below:

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Staring down Chambers Bay’s 18th hole with a share of the lead at the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth knew the moment called for power and precision – specifically, a perfect driver-3-wood combo to reach the 604-yard par-5 in two shots.

The tee shot required pinpoint accuracy to one of the narrowest fairways on the course, a diagonal landing area guarded by severe bunkering. Less than half (49 percent) the field hit the 18th fairway Sunday.

Jordan steadied his focus and developed his plan of attack.

“I knew I needed to fade the ball off the tee,” he said. “The wind was down and a little off the right, which is a perfect opportunity for me to try and play a nice, just soft fade.”

He pulled his 915D2 driver, teed up his Pro V1x, and went to work.

“I struck it right on the middle of the face,” Jordan added. “I said put it in the fairway, give yourself a chance. It got right up there on the upslope, I couldn't have placed it in a better spot.”

After calming his nerves and executing the tee shot he’d envisioned, Jordan was in the fairway with an uphill lie and what he called a “perfect number – 250 yards to the front edge (of the green), 282 hole adjusted.” Still, the 18th green boasted the most severe undulations on the entire course.

Once again, staying in the moment, he worked through the details, the numbers and the options he had for his next shot. The club of choice for this pivotal approach? His 915F 15º 3-wood.

“For my 3-wood that flies typically 265 yards or so," Spieth said. His goal was to "try to land it on about that number."

Jordan visualized his shot and made an aggressive pass at the ball.

“Very, very pure… In midair I was going to be pleased anywhere on the green. And then with the roar I knew it stayed on the top ledge,” Jordan said.

Spieth's Pro V1x came to rest 20-feet from the hole. He two-putted for birdie to cap off a perfectly executed hole of golf and ultimately secure a one-shot victory at the 115th U.S. Open.

Last November at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, Jordan put the 2015 Pro V1x golf ball and his 915D2 driver in play for the first time. He’s played 1,300 stroke-play holes since in 157 under par, breaking par in 57 of 72 rounds and breaking 70 a total of 42 times.

As for Jordan's thoughts on the overall performance of his 915 metals...

"It’s effortless distance. It’s distance without needing to force it through your swing and therefore your swing stays consistent through the bag for 18 holes," said Jordan.

"You’re going to be able to carry that bunker with the same swing you’ve had before and therefore, you’re going to stay more consistent throughout the bag."

We'd say this is certainly a success story and if you have a 915 story that you want to share, we want to hear it!

Post your stories on Team Titleist (http://www.titleist.com/teamtitleist/team-titleist/f/6/t/29587.aspx) or tag your posts with #915stories on Instagram and Twitter.

Some of our favorite stories may be used in a special new project we have in the works.

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The golf ball is the one piece of equipment you use on every shot. This is true whether you’re an amateur looking to shoot lower scores or a professional who relies on their golf ball to climb to the top of the leaderboard.

And when it comes to major tests, Jordan Spieth has put his Pro V1x to work this year en-route to capturing the Masters and the U.S. Open.

We sat down with Jordan earlier in the year to get some feedback on what he looks for in golf ball performance and learn why he trusts the Pro V1x.

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