This week the best women amateur golfers in the world have assembled in Oregon to compete in the most prestigious tournament in women's amateur golf, the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Portland Golf Club hosts the event for the first time, adding a fifth marquee championship to its resume. Established in 1914, the club served as the host site for the 1946 PGA Championship, 1947 Ryder Cup ,1982 U.S. Senior Open and 1999 U.S. Senior Amateur.

 As this elite amateur field of 156 players eye top honors this year, 135 players are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success. That’s fifteen times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than six times all competitors combined.

Titleist Vokey Design wedges were the top choice in the sand, lob and approach wedge (209) category and Titleist Scotty Cameron putters topped the putter (53) category.

FUN FACT: The Cox Cup is the oldest survivor among trophies for USGA championships. It was first presented in 1896 by Robert Cox, a member of Britain's Parliament and is the only USGA trophy donated by a person from another country. The original silver cup is kept in the USGA Museum and Library, while a replica is awarded each year to the U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

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The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship is just one of several marquee national amateur events where the top competitive amateur players in the world put their trust in Titleist. Throughout 2015, Titleist has proven to be the golf ball of choice at the following prestigious events:


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Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson is halfway to the career grand slam following his dramatic playoff win at the Open Championship last month. He will be gunning for the third leg this week at Whistling Straits – host of the 97th PGA Championship.

And in case you don’t remember, the last time the PGA Championship was played here - in 2010 - Zach tied for third place at 10-under par, one shot out of a playoff. He also participated the first time it was contested here in 2004 and he will be calling upon the past experiences to help him around the layout.

"I'm going to cling to the positives of five years ago and I know what those are. Bottom line is, mentally I know I can play here. I know this golf course, kind of what it demands, and I think there are aspects of it that really suit my golf game. Embracing that, knowing there's a little bit of confidence is great, but the execution now comes on my shoulders and hopefully it happens this week."

Some other keys to success at Whistling Straits according to Johnson… finding fairways and hitting greens in regulation.

 “The key here is hitting fairways, which I did in 2010, and I hit a lot of greens in regulation,” said Johnson. “The ball was also rolling out a little bit last time, which is always good for me, but it is pretty soft out there right now. And the rough is penal."

So how did Zach and his team get ready for the final major of the year? 

"We don't necessarily go back and look at old tapes. The only thing we're looking at is the technique and fundamentals of my golf swing, and it doesn't matter what week it is,” said Johnson.

“We're always going to try to pick it apart and look and see where it's at. I feel like I'm a better player than I was five years ago. I feel like my technique and fundamentals are probably a bit more polished."

Johnson has the opportunity to be among a select group of golfers who have won the final two majors of the year. On Thursday and Friday he will be grouped with the winners of the last four majors including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth, who has already won the Masters and U.S. Open this year. The galleries are expected to be huge.

"To me it's just a great opportunity, that's all. I guess any week is, any major is a great opportunity,” added Johnson. “I'm excited about Thursday and Friday. I get to play with two good friends. I am sure the crowds will be large, but I embrace that. To me, the more the merrier.”

Good luck this week, Zach! 


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The waiting is over and the first tee shots have been launched at the 97th PGA Championship. Yesterday, as the players wrapped up their final day of preparations, Team Titleist toured the course and the practice tee at Whistling Straits to capture some more of the action from inside the ropes.

Check out the slideshow above and join us along the shore of Lake Michigan to see how Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Steve Stricker and Jason Dufner (to name a few) geared up for their bids to hoist the Wannamker Trophy.


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