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Posted: June 12, 2012
How do you win the U.S. Open?
Get up-and-down from inside 100 yards (almost every time), according to Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champ. (For Geoff's full answer, watch the above video.)
"Three, four, five times a day at worst you're going to have an up and down from 20 or 30 or 40 (yards) for par," he told Team Titleist recently. "I got almost all of those up and down for a whole week…"
In 2006, Geoff closed out the final round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot with perhaps the best two pars of his life.
On the par-4 17th, he holed his Pro V1x golf ball from 30 yards from a nasty bit of rough. On 18, he got up-and-down from in front of the green (after a tough break), pitching his Pro V1 to 6 feet and making the putt.
"I think anybody who wins the Open, that's what they're doing," Geoff said.
Team Titleist is on the ground at the 112th U.S. Open Championship and long-time Titleist Staff Professional Dennis Miller was the center of attention for most of yesterday morning. The Director of Golf at the Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio, Dennis became an online sensation when his remarkable winning 20-foot putt in a sudden death playoff during June 4th qualifying was caught on tape. Just when it looked like his Pro V1 golf ball would stop short of the cup, it dropped in after approximately five seconds and after Miller looked away.
What makes the story even more interesting, is that Miller was debating whether or not to even go to the event because he was the third alternate. He never played a practice round and had never even played the course before the 36-hole qualifier. He decided to go because it was a good opportunity to play historic Scioto Country Club, in suburban Columbus, Ohio. In fact, he went to a Cleveland Indians game on Sunday, the night before the tournament. He had entered U.S. Open qualifying 11 times prior with his best finish being four shots out.
"There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support from my community, my family, my friends," said Miller. "I received over a thousand text messages and emails, and I'm trying to get back to everybody. If I haven't, I apologize. But it's been a whirlwind since last Monday. But, you know, the community really embraced me. They stepped up. Some of my sponsors and things of that nature. It's been fantastic. Quite a journey so far."
"You could not script this story," said the 42-year old Miller. "If I birdied one of the final holes in regulation, I'm probably the same story as many of the other great stories ... Mill Creek Metro golf professional, made it to the U.S. Open. But to do it with the cameras rolling, the ball hanging on the lip. I can't tell you how excited my family is."
Reality set in for Miller on Tuesday, the morning after the excitement.
"I still have a job to do back in Mill Creek," he said. "And we actually had a Chamber of Commerce golf outing the next day. We had 300 golfers out there and I worked about 14 hours that day. That was my preparation up to this week. It's been a whirlwind. We're trying to enjoy it."
In case you missed, you can check out the putt that landed Dennis in San Francisco below:
The USGA offers 13 sectional qualifying sites for the U.S. Open – 11 in the U.S. and two overseas in Japan and England. Approximately 750 golfers compete at the sectional qualifying level for about half of the 156 available spots in the U.S. Open.
Sectional qualifying is a demanding 36-hole, one-day marathon, with only a handful of available spots at each site. Qualifying spots are determined by the field's numbers and strength. The USGA established two "tour" sites in Columbus, Ohio, and Memphis, Tenn., for members of the PGA Tour who either have just competed at The Memorial (Columbus) or are preparing to play the FedEx St. Jude Classic (Memphis).
Dennis Miller joins the following sectional qualifiers, each of whom trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball to play their way into the field at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship.
Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit, NJ - June 4, 2012
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, OH - June 4, 2012
Lake Merced Golf Club/TPC at Harding Park, Daly City, CA - June 4, 2012
Scioto Country Club/OSU Scarlet Course, Columbus, OH - June 4, 2012
Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, MD - June 4, 2012
Lakeside Country Club, Houston, TX - June 4, 2012
Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry Course), Lecanto, FL - June 4, 2012
The River Club, Suwanee, GA - June 4, 2012
Germantown Country Club, Memphis, TN - June 4, 2012
Village Links of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, IL - June 4, 2012
Posted: June 11, 2012
It's been 14 years since the U.S. Open was last contested at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
That was 1998, before Luke Donald, Adam Scott or Geoff Ogilvy first played in a PGA Tour event. Before Rickie Fowler and Kyle Stanley had even teed it up in the American Junior Golf Association.
In other words, not many players in the field are used to racing around this Olympic track, especially not under U.S. Open conditions.
Which means it's time to hit the books. Team Titleist recently caught up with Luke, Adam, Geoff, Rickie and Kyle to talk about their U.S. Open prep and forming a game plan for the year's second major.
Check it out in the above video.
To kick off U.S. Open week, Team Titleist hosted a live chat Monday afternoon with Mike Gibson, Manager of Titleist Golf Ball Fitting.
Mike spent over an hour answering questions about the Titleist golf ball family and how to find the best golf ball for your game.
You can view a replay of the chat by clicking the play button in the box below.
On the most significant Sunday of her young career, 22-year-old Shanshan Feng trusted a Titleist Pro V1x to near-perfection.
In a historic display of confidence and precision, Feng closed out the Wegman's LPGA Championship with a bogey-free 5-under 67 to come from behind and win her first LPGA title and major championship.
Feng's breakthrough performance highlighted a five-win week for Titleist players around the world, including Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood's 22nd European Tour title.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 75 wins across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 10 and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 9,098 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,492 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Feng's Sunday at the Wegman's LPGA was simply stunning. Her 67 was not only the best round of the day, but also the tournament, resulting in a 6-under 282 total.
She hit 16 greens in regulation and missed only three fairways, avoiding Locust Hill Country Club's costly, gnarly rough, on her way to five birdies spread throughout the round.
The final birdie came on 17, where Feng rolled her Pro V1x in from 7 feet to help clinch the two-shot victory over a host of major champions.
"I would say first of all I'm really, really, happy that I won the tournament. I still can't believe it. I think after this week it's going to give me a lot more confidence. I believe I can win again in the future," said Feng, the first player from mainland China to win on the LPGA. Earlier this year, she became the first Chinese player to win on the Ladies European Tour.
"Hopefully it's going to help golf in China because I want to be (tennis star) Li Na for golf in China. I want to be like a model that the other juniors can follow my steps and get on the LPGA."
Feng was one of 100 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s (68-64-68-68) as he cruised to his third-career victory at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.
Westwood's 19-under 269 victory total at Bro Hof Slott GC was the result of total confidence and control, his final round highlighted by a 7-footer for eagle at No. 12 and a 5-foot birdie putt at the 15th.
“I played really well this week – you don’t win tournaments by five shots without playing well,” said Westwood.
"I hit some really solid shots. It didn’t look like I was hitting it close on the last three holes but I can tell you those last three holes I hit it exactly where I wanted to every time."
Westwood recorded his first European Tour victory in this event in 1996 and won again in 2000.
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist players finished in each of the top three positions at the season's second senior major, as Tom Lehman withstood day-long rain and challenges from fellow Pro V1 loyalists and co-runners-up Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu to win his second straight Regions Tradition.
"Today was a real test of perseverance, just trying to move the ball forward. Don't try to bite off too much, don't get too aggressive," said Lehman. "Just play shots I know I can hit."
Lehman shot a final round 4-under 68 for a 14-under 274 total and two-shot victory at Shoal Creek, becoming the fourth player to win the Regions Tradition multiple times. The win also marks Lehman's sixth Champions Tour victory.
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 53 players in the 76-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist also led in iron sets (19); and sand, lob and approach wedges (57).
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Lee Williams (Pro V1x) won the Mexico Open for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Paul Haley II (Pro V1).
Williams finished at 14-under 274 at El Bosque, while Haley, who won the Chile Classic in March, shot a final round 4-under 68.
A total of 108 players in the field trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also first in iron sets (51); sand, lob and approach wedges (175); and putters (57).
• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Andrew Roque fired a final round 9-under 61 to rally and win the Times Colonist Island Savings Open.
Roque, the first-round leader and Canadian Tour Q School medalist, finished at 14-under-par 266 to win by three strokes at Uplands Golf Club.
The 23-year-old made the turn in 2-under for the day, and then caught fire down the stretch, birdieing his final seven holes of the day.
• PGA TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick (Pro V1x) shot a final round 1-under 69 to match his best PGA Tour finish with a runner-up performance at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He finished one shot behind the champion and was followed by four players who tied for third, including Nick O'Hern (Pro V1 ), Chad Campbell (Pro V1x) and Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x).
Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 103 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also the No. 1 choice in sand, lob and approach wedges (124); and putters (65).