Jarrod Lyle Feature Article on Golf.com

Jarrod LyleGolf.com recently featured the amazing journey of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jarrod Lyle, who overcame leukemia as a teenager and who now finds himself all the way back to the PGA Tour. The article gives great insight into Jarrod's battle against the life-threatening disease and how the experience has changed his perspective on golf and life. Click here to view the complete article on Golf.com.

Davis Love IIIA recent article on GolfChannel.com chronicles the 2008 comeback of Titleist Brand Ambassador Davis Love III, which culminated in his 20th PGA TOUR victory and a lifetime exemption on the TOUR at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic. The article credits the extensive practice Davis put in on the range this past season, particularly working on his wedge game after a missed cut in September. Click here to view the complete article on GolfChannel.com.

Luke Donald 2008 US Open

A trio of Titleist players were honored by their peers this week, as each was named 2008 Player of the Year on his US Tour. Two-time major winner Padraig Harrington hoisted the trophy on the PGA Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon de Jonge earned the honor on the Nationwide Tour, and Bernhard Langer picked up that hardware and more on the Champions Tour.


Padraig Harrington, Brendon de Jonge and Bernhard Langer

Irishman Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x) successfully defended his British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July and won the Wannamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship in August. Harrington’s six top 10’s included the major wins as well as a fifth place finish at the Masters in April.

That consistent play on the world’s largest stages surely won Harrington the votes of his fellow US PGA Tour members. It also took him down to the wire in the race for the European Tour Order of Merit, where Harrington was narrowly edged by Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson.

We caught up with Padraig at The Tour Championship where he shared some of his thoughts on his season … check out the video below:

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Zimbabwe native Brendon de Jonge (Pro V1x) was determined to start, and finish, his 2008 Nationwide Tour with a positive attitude. “I made a very, very conscious effort at the beginning of this year to embrace the opportunity I had of playing the Nationwide Tour, playing my way back onto the PGA TOUR. I think it was obviously very important to get into the right frame of mind,” said the Titleist Brand Ambassador in his press conference.

With that approach, de Jonge played with a consistency that impressed his peers enough to name him their Player of the Year. He posted nine top 10 finishes, won the Xerox Classic in August, and finished 2nd on the year end money list. On looking back on his season, Brendon said he was “very thrilled at how consistent it was, how often I put myself in contention. The biggest thing is for me to take that same mindset to the PGA TOUR next year.”

Champions Tour rookie and Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer of Germany hit the ground running and never let up in 2008. He posted 14 top 10 finishes in his 20 starts, won three times, and was the leading money winner. Langer’s performance so impressed his fellow Tour members that they voted him both Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Congratulations to Titleist Brand Ambassador Dudley Hart on being selected by his peers as the 2008 PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year. Hart posted a career year, accumulating $2.2 million in 22 events, including six top 10 finishes.

Dudley Hart While Dudley’s season is quite impressive on its own, his performance is even more remarkable considering he hadn’t completed a PGA Tour event since the Byron Nelson Championship in April, 2007. Hart elected to shut down his 2007 season when his wife was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumor in her lungs. This has been better year all around for the Hart family. As Suzanne’s health flourished, so did Dudley’s golf. Although he played solid throughout the year, including top 10 ten finishes in five different months, he saved the best for last. Dudley was runner-up at the BMW Championship and tied for 10th at the Tour Championship. The past 20 months have forever changed Dudley Hart’s perspective. There is reason to think in 2009 that Hart will pick up right where he left off. In an exclusive interview with Titleist.com, Dudley said: “It is an honor to receive this award, especially because my fellow players deemed me worthy. I do have mixed feelings winning Comeback Player of the Year. I am thrilled, but hope I am never nominated for it again.” Ironically, Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker won it the past two years.

 

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