Going into the final round of the U.S. Open, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson knew Olympic was going to continue to challenge the field.

“This place is so demanding, and so all I was really concerned about was keeping the ball in front of me and making pars.”

Trusting his Pro V1x and bag full of Titleist equipment, that is just what Webb did en route to a final round score of 2-under, 68 - capping off a stellar weekend of back-to-back 68’s and a winning score of 1-over, 281 (72 – 73 – 68 – 68).

 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 79 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, nearly eight times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined.

Simpson's U.S. Open Championship victory makes it 2-of-2 for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists at the 2012 majors, as he follows Bubba Watson's winning performance at the Masters in April.  Simpson's win also marks the 17th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2012 PGA Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 3. 

Winning a major championship is never easy and Simpson started the final day four shots off the lead. After two early bogeys on holes two and five, he found himself six shots back.

“I was 2?over through 5, but I didn't think anything of it because I knew I had 7 coming up and a few other birdie holes in the back,” he said.  “I definitely thought about winning and wanted to win, but I was just trying to keep my mind focused on the hole that I was playing and just somehow make pars.”

After his second (and final) bogey of the day on the fifth hole, Simpson kicked it into high gear and rattled off four birdies through a five-hole stretch including three birdies in a row starting at the difficult 489 yard sixth hole.

 “We weren't trying to hit it close.  We were trying to hit it left of the hole,” said Simpson. “But it ended up about five feet and made birdie.  That hole all I wanted to do was make par.  The birdie was an added bonus...”

Carrying that momentum, Simpson started the trip back to clubhouse with a birdie at 10 and then went on to par the final eight holes. Highlighting the clutch performance down the stretch was a key up-and-down on the closing hole that proved to be the difference in the tournament.  From a dicey lie, Webb trusted his 58º Vokey Design wedge and rolled his Pro V1x to just outside four feet.

One putt later, he was in the clubhouse as the leader of the 2012 U.S. Open. Roughly 45-minutes later, as the last putt fell, Simpson’s clubhouse lead was still standing and he was crowned the 2012 U.S. Open champion.

This marks Simpson’s first major title and his third PGA Tour career victory. He finished one shot clear of two players, including Pro V1 loyalist Michael Thompson, who shot a Sunday-best three-under par 67.  Thompson also shot the lowest round of the tournament with a four-under 66 on Thursday. 

Five players tied for 4th place another shot back, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason Dufner and John Peterson, and golf ball loyalists Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x) and David Toms (Pro V1).  Six of the eight players who finished among the top four and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Of the five Australians who made the cut, golf ball loyalist John Senden (Pro V1x) finished tied 10 position- his best result in a major since the 2007 PGA Championship. Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter) finished in tie 15th place and sectional qualifier Alistair Presnell (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges), playing in his first major championship ended the week inside the top 30 (T29) after being amongst the leaders for the first two days of the championship.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in U.S. Open field of 156 where 103 players trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (146); and putters (54).

What’s in Webb Simpson’s bag?

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 909D3 10.5º (Proforce AXIVCore Tour Black 69)
3-wood: 910F 13.5º (Proforce VTS)
5-wood: 910F 17º (Proforce VTS)
Hybrid: 910H 21º (Tour AD DI-105 Hybrid)
Irons: Titleist 680 MB 4 – P (Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C TVD 53.5º and 58º (Dynamic Gold)

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• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt withstood windy conditions at the Saint-Omer Open to claim his third career European Tour title. 

Fichardt started the final round with a five-shot lead and his 5-under 279 victory total was three shots clear of runner-up Gary Lockerbie (Pro V1x), and four better than Simon Wakefield (Pro V1x).  The three Pro V1x golf ball loyalists were the only players to finish under par for the tournament.

Fichardt's previous two victories came at the 2001 Sao Paulo Brazil Open and the 2003 Qatar Masters.

A total of 125 players in the field played Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 12.  Titleist also led the field in iron sets (45) and wedges (206). 

Fichardt's win is the 14th for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2012 European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with 4.

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• SUNSHINE TOUR:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Harding carded a final round 5-under 68 to capture the Indo Zambia Bank Zambia Open.  Harding's victory total of 12-under, 280 was two shots clear of Titleist golf ball loyalist Divan van der Heever (Pro V1x). 

Two players tied for 3rd place a further shot back, including Des Terblanche (Pro V1x), as three of the top four finishers relied on the #1 ball in golf for their success.

What’s in Justin Harding’s Bag?:

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D3
3-wood: 910F
Irons: CB (3 - P)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 50º, 54º and 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo

A total of 100 players in the field of 144 teed up a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 34.

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• ASIAN TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand captured the Queen's Cup in his home country to secure his record tying 13th career crown on the Asian Tour. 

The 45-year-old Wiratchant won the event in style with an eagle on the par 5 final hole to close with a final round 3-under par 68.  His 7-under par 277 victory total was three shots better than 2011 Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan (Pro V1x) and Rahman Siddikur (Pro V1x).

A total of 90 players in the field of 144 trusted Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 26.  Each of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.  Titleist was also first in iron sets (36) and wedges (109).

The sun and wind of Tuesday turned into fog and drizzle Wednesday morning at The Olympic Club, where Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann was practicing on the range. The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a successful three years at Oklahoma State University and played on the 2009 Walker Cup team, took an eventful route to this year's U.S. Open.

Last week, Hoffmann secured a spot in the Sectional Qualifying Round in Columbus, Ohio, as an alternate. After arriving in town on Sunday night, however, there was a mix-up about whether he was actually in the field. The confusion was straightened out quickly, but as Morgan said, “It was scary, although I can laugh about it now.”

He made the most of his opportunity by shooting a 69 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course and a 72 at Scioto Country Club. That performance earned him a spot in a four-way playoff for the last three qualifying positions. Morgan became the first player to survive the playoff with a birdie on the second extra hole to secure his spot in the field at Olympic. The playoff was the same one in which Titleist Staff Professional Dennis Miller earned the final position when his 20-foot birdie putt dropped into the hole after sitting on the lip for several seconds. The video has exploded on the internet.

Morgan played his final practice round Wednesday morning with former OSU teammate and Pro V1x loyalist Rickie Fowler and OSU alum and Titleist golf ball loyalist Bo Van Pelt.

 The Olympic Club is no stranger to Morgan, who played in the 2007 U.S. Amateur as a 17-year old, missing match play but shooting a one-over 71 on the Lake Course, which will host the U.S. Open. "I feel like I know it pretty well," he said.

What's in Morgan Hoffmann's Bag?:
 
Golf ball: 
Titleist Pro V1x.

Driver: 
Titleist 910D3 8.5º.

Irons:
 Titleist MB (4-9).

Pitching Wedge:
Titleist CB.

Wedges:
 Vokey Design SM4 gap (52º), sand (58º) and lob (64º).

Putter:
 Scotty Cameron Newport SS.


 Welcome to U.S. Open week and a special edition of the Team Titleist Trivia contest, and the prizes are major as well. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Titleist Player's cap signed by Geoff Ogilvy as well as a dozen Pro V1 golf balls.

Both the Grand Prize and Three (3) runner-ups will receive a Limited Edition Team Titleist Charcoal Vintage T-Shirt (pictured) and Titleist Ball Cube (pictured below).

Without further ado, here's this week's two-part question... Good luck!

What year, and at which golf course, did Australian Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy Win the US Open?


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 the question by Monday, June 18, at 12:00 p.m. AEST.*

Note: You must be a Team Titleist ANZ member to enter. Only one entry per person. We will randomly draw the winners from all approved entries. (The grand prize will be awarded to the first approved entry randomly drawn.)

(Sorry Australian and New Zealand Team Titleist members only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes Australia and New Zealand only?)

 

One of the keys to winning the U.S. Open? Staying out of the rough, typically the most talked about thick stuff of the season.

Alas, it's a safe bet that every player in this week's field will wander a bit from Olympic Club's fairways and greens. 

In the above video, we asked Titleist Brand Ambassadors Rory McIlroy and Kyle Stanley exactly what they're thinking as they stand over a rough-and-tough U.S. Open lie and how important it is to make the right decision with their next shot.


As reigning U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy makes his final preparations in advance of his title defense, we're excited to bring Team Titleist a first look at a new limited edition masterpiece created by Scotty Cameron.

Capturing the nuance of the putter Rory trusted to win the 2011 U.S. Open, Scotty unveils his Inspired by Rory McIlroy Newport — a handcrafted, custom shape made to Rory’s precise specs. Limited to 989 pieces, this putter embodies the spirit of Rory’s Tour model with a few new twists.

Scotty gave this Inspired by creation the same Honey Dipped golden finish, enhanced Jet Black Bombs in the back cavity and Tour-proven deep milled face as Rory’s gamer. Engraved with his distinctive RORS personalization on the face toe, this putter also features Rory’s autograph and lucky clovers on the sole.

You may not ever own the World Number One ranking, but you now can hold history in your hands with the 2012 Scotty Cameron Inspired by Rory McIIroy Newport SSS. Dream Big.

Product Details

• Newport SSS based on Rory’s gamer

• Precision milled 303 Studio Stainless Steel 345g head

• Deep milled face

• Rolled topline with slightly squared bumpers

• Honey Dipped golden finish

• Jet Black and Kelly Green paintfill

• Dancing Cameron No Cord black grip

• 7 Point Crown shaft band

• Black Industrial Lucky Clover leather headcover


Specifications

• Loft 4°

• Lie 71°

• Length 34”

• Offset One shaft

Release Details

• 989 pieces worldwide (Based on Rory’s birthday 5/4/89)

• Ships June 2012

Visit http://www.scottycameron.com/putters/puttermodel.aspx?id=418 for more images and information.

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