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Posted: 19 February 2015
The PGA Tour heads to the classic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA for the Northern Trust Open. Stretching out to over 7,400 yards, and featuring some of the most difficult greens on tour, Riviera proves to be a stern test every year for the best players in the world.
Titleist Golf Ball Loyalist and defending champion Bubba Watson knows what it takes to play well here. Bubba shot back-to-back 64's on the weekend to claim the title, a win that set the stage for the best year of his career.
"To go around this golf course and make no bogies, it's tricky around here with this kind of grass. So to go bogey‑free was pretty special. And then have a win on top of that, it was a big deal. It kind of got me going in the right direction and I had my best year on Tour." said Watson.
2012 Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas believes Riviera's classic layout is the star of the show.
"I think the best part of this course is that it doesn't change much over the years, it's a great design. It's all right in front of you. The par 3's are difficult, and you have to try and take advantage of the par 5's," said Haas.
With a classic setting, a strong field and perfect southern California weather, the Northern Trust Open is sure to be an event worth watching.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 NORTHERN TRUST OPEN
This week at the Northern Trust Open, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 90 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than 6 times the nearest competitor with 14.
Titleist was also the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (131) category.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas has already won once this year on the PGA TOUR, firing four consecutive rounds in the 60s to edge four players by one shot at the Humana Challenge in January. He enters this week with confidence having won the 2012 Northern Trust Open in a three-way playoff, followed by an impressive T-3 finish in 2013. It is clear that Bill considers Riviera CC one of his favorite layouts on Tour.
"I really enjoy this course because anybody in the field can win," said Haas. "It is not necessarily a bombers course, although long hitters have won. But like most every week, the key to winning success is putting. Putting becomes even more important here given the speed and undulation of the greens."
Haas, the 2011 FedEx Cup champion, would know a little bit about putting on the Riviera greens, as he drained a 43-foot birdie putt for his win in 2012 on the second extra hole (10th) of the playoff.
"I remember I putted really well that week, and the players that have the hot putters this week will most likely find themselves in the hunt. The two holes that stand out from that win were the birdie I made on 17 in regulation and then, of course, the putt to win it on the second playoff hole."
"I think the best part of this course is that it doesn't change much over the years. It's all right in front of you. If I had to pick a stretch of holes where players can pick up ground on the field it would would be numbers 12 through 15. If I am even par through that stretch at the end of the week, I would be satisfied."
That stretch includes three of the longest par 4's on the card, including the 479 yard 12th, the 459 yard 13th and the 487 yard 15th.
"You don't have to be real long on this course, but you do have to position your shots to give you the best approach into the greens," said Haas. "It's not tricked-up or unfair and it's a great test of golf."
And the final key to success for Bill Haas this week? Being here for the duration of the tournament. His wife is due to have their second child a week from Friday.
"I certainly showed up here thinking I could compete. Pretty much when I tee it up on Thursday, I'll be focused on the task at hand. The only instruction my wife gave me was not to unpack my suitcase. So I'll keep my phone on and my suitcase packed and ready to go just in case. But I will be playing at 100 percent."
Posted: 17 February 2015
Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt claimed his second career European PGA Tour victory on Sunday, relying on a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs green-to-tee as he closed with his third consecutive 5-under-par 67 at Black Mountain Golf Club to secure a one-shot win at the True Thailand Classic.
Let's take a closer look at the winning setup that the Australian used to outlast the field in Thailand.
WHAT'S IN ANDREW DODT'S BAG
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball Driver: Titleist 915D3 driver (9.5º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI X shaft Fairway: Titleist 915Fd fairway metal (15.0º) w/Fujikura Speeder Motore X shaft Irons: Titleist CB 714 irons (2-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Select
Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt posted a one-shot win at the True Thailand Classic. It marked the third career victory for the 29-year old Dodt, who closed with three consecutive 5-under-par 67’s en route to a 16-under-par 272 victory total. The victory was especially meaningful for Andrew.
"I went home last year, spent 12 months at home, played the Asian Tour again, found myself again, found my game and to be in the winner’s circle again – it’s unbelievable.”
On the Australasian Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Aaron Townsend won the Victorian PGA Championship by one shot in dramatic fashion over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Strange. Townsend holed his bunker shot for birdie on the 72nd hole to close with a 6-under-par 66 en route to a 13-under-par 275 victory total.
"I played great today. I couldn't have asked for a better start (6-under through 10 holes). It's nice to get a win so early in the season. Hopefully I can build on it," said Townsend.
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
In total, 2,336 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 381 and more than all competitors combined.
With three wins this week, Titleist’s victory count in the young 2015 season advances to 17. That's three times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING February 15, 2015
Posted: 16 February 2015
Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. Thus far in the new 2015 season, Titleist golf ball players have already recorded 17 victories around the world, compared to 6 for the nearest competitor. Since its introduction in 2000, the Pro V1 golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 2,200 champions worldwide.
Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2015.