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Team Titleist joined 30 of the world's best players at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta this week to take a closer look at the final preparations as the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup reach the finale at the Tour Championship. It has been an exciting race and players are looking to make their final move to take home the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus check. 

In total, 19 players in the 30-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist is also first in hybrids (6 - including 1 new 913 prototype hybrid in play), iron sets (8), and sand, lob and approach wedges (26).

Good luck to all our Titleist loyalists hoping to win the Tour Championship!

Check out the slideshow above for both a closer look at some of the action from earlier in the week.

Golf specific health and fitness is a crucial element in helping top professionals and amateurs of all skill levels achieve their goals out on the course. One of many examples is 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

"In 2010 I noticed that 18 out of the top 20 players in the world had a full-time workout program. And I wasn't doing anything. I'm sitting there thinking, 'these are the best players in the world and they're doing this, and I'm not. So, let's give it a try.' And the results I saw were pretty immediate," Simpson told

"I started hitting it further, I started feeling better, I started having more energy. And then my golf results on the course proved it."

Since its inception in 2003, the Titleist Performance Institute, under the direction of co-founders Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, has grown to be an authority on fitness in the game of golf.

In an effort to shine the spotlight on the idea that a healthy, functional body is a key part of a good golf game, Dr. Rose and Phillips launched the World Golf Fitness Summit – a biennial summit dedicated to bringing together the foremost experts in golf fitness, health and medicine.

The 2012 World Golf Fitness Summit, which takes place Oct. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla., features an impressive roster of speakers including Ben Shear – a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor with a client list that includes Webb Simpson, Luke Donald and Kyle Stanley.

In addition to Shear, the following golf fitness experts will also present at this year's fitness summit: Andrew Fischer (Bubba Watson’s fitness coach), Simon Webb (Aaron Baddely's fitness coach), Randy Myers (Sea Island Golf Learning Center, fitness coach of the 2012 team USA Ryder Cup team), Chris Noss (Rickie Fowler's fitness coach), Mark Blackburn (Heath Slocum), Claude Harmon III, Chuck Cook (Jason Dufner), Henry Brunton (Royal Canadian Golf Association's National Golf Coach), Mike Malaska (2012 PGA Teacher of the Year), Martin Hall (2008 PGA Teacher of the Year) along with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott (Golf Digest #1, #2 ranked Women Teacher in America in 2012).

The 2012 World Golf Fitness Summit is the place to spend time with all these individuals and more experts that continue to further the performance of the world's best players.

The event is open to the public and for more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Steve Stricker, a player respected for his attitude, determination and approach as a champion both on and off the golf course, has been named the 2012 winner of the Payne Stewart Award. The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.  Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999.

"It's very humbling and an honor that I never thought would be possible," said an emotional Stricker who teared up about three words into his press conference. "I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a part of this."

Stricker, who is ranked No. 13 in the current FedEx Cup standings, will participate in the TOUR Championship this week, followed by his third appearance on the United States Ryder Cup team next week.

“This award means a great deal to the players on the PGA TOUR, and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award,” said Stricker. “I take great pride in being recognized for the values that the Payne Stewart Award stands for. I was fortunate enough to spend time with and compete against Payne, and I watched how he handled himself on the course, with his fellow competitors, with the fans and volunteers. I hope that by leading by example, just as Payne did, that our younger players will follow in the traditions of sportsmanship, integrity and charitable efforts that he helped bring to our sport.”

Stricker is dedicated to using the game of golf to give back to his community and those in need, with many of his charitable pursuits centering around children and adults with disabilities, providing them with programs that help improve their lives.

“For years, Steve Stricker has epitomized everything that the Payne Stewart Award represents,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “From his professionalism on the golf course to his compassion for others off of it, it is hard to think of a more fitting recipient.”

Stricker becomes the 15th recipient of the award which has also been presented to fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jay Haas (2004) and Brad Faxon (2005) among others.

It's the final major of the 2012 LPGA season and players are looking to add the title of "Major Champion" to their resumes this week at the RICOH Women's British Open being contested at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

And to help kick-off an exciting week of golf, defending Women's British champ and Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng is here to host our latest Team Titleist Trivia Contest.

We've also got some major prizes up for grabs. Five (5) lucky Team Titleist members will win one (1) of the shirts pictured below along with one dozen Limited Edition Team Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls.These T-shirts are limited edition, tour-issued shirts that were recently given out to Titleist golf ball loyalists on the LPGA tour.

Fun Fact: Yani's win last year at Carnoustie marked the 5th major championship of her career, making her the youngest golfer in history to reach this milestone (she was 22 years, 6 months and 8 days old at the time of her win). Hence, five winners for the sweeps.

Yani has this week's question in the following video...

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: To enter the contestlog in to your Team Titleist account and then add a comment (see below) to this blog post with the correct answer to Yani's question along with your golf ball model of choice (Pro V1 or Pro V1x) and include your shirt size (small, medium, large or XL) by Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.*

Please note: You must be a Team Titleist member to enter. Only one entry per person. This contest  is only open to residents of the United States. (Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?). No purchase necessary.

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Congratulations to our winners:


• Chris K.

• Jessica S.

• Zach K.

• Ryan W.

• Robert F.

To our winners: Please make sure the address in your Team Titleist profile is up to date, as we will be shipping your prize to that address. Thanks!

This week at the U.S. Mid-Amateur being held at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., players have a little extra motivation to take home the trophy. Actually, make that a lot of extra motivation. The player's name that sits atop the leader board at the end of the tournament will receive an invitation to Augusta National to participate in the 2013 Masters.

As the field of 264 golfers was set, 218 players stepped up to the first tee trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than four times all competitors combined.

Titleist also leads the field in iron sets (98), and approach, sand and lob wedges (339).

The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur is the latest highlight in a season where trust and confidence in Titleist golf balls and equipment has been on display at many high-profile amateur championships and the NCAA Division I championships.