Each year, the U.S. Open presents one of the toughest challenges of the PGA Tour season. And as players prepare for the second major test, they know that it’s going to take a combination of precision shot making and determined focus to take home top honors this year at Pinehurst No. 2

Check out the video above and hear what Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam ScottJimmy WalkerJason DufnerWebb SimpsonMatt Jones and Zach Johnson along with Titleist golf ball loyalists Bubba WatsonHunter Mahan, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Rickie Fowler have to say about playing in the U.S. Open.


The first U.S. Open was played in 1895 at Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island and in addition to a legacy of challenging course setups that place a premium on Par, another special constant is that the event is open to any amateur with an up-to-date USGA handicap index of 1.4 or lower… all they need to do is qualify.

And while qualifying isn’t an easy task, the opportunity to tee it up for a chance to face one of the toughest tests of golf and compete side-by-side with the world’s best players is truly unique.

Watch the video above as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson along with Titleist golf ball loyalists Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler (among others) share their thoughts about qualifying for the U.S. Open.


The field is set and the players are ready for the challenge ahead of them at Pinehurst No. 2. And once again, the majority of players in the field will put their trust in a Titleist golf ball - The #1 ball played at the U.S. Open for 66 years... and still counting.

Welcome to U.S. Open week.


Facing a 30-hole marathon of golf on Sunday morning at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane was able to successfully navigate the challenging TPC Southwind layout to cap-off a wire-to-wire victory and claim his fifth career PGA Tour title. 

So let's take a closer look at the Titleist equipment that Ben trusted en route to his win this weekend...

What's in Ben Crane's Bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 913D2 (9.5º) with Mitsubishi Bassara 50 shaft, X-flex, B•2 SureFit Hosel setting
Fairway: 913F.d (18º) with Mitsubishi Diamana White +82 62 shaft, X-flex
Hybrid: 910H (21º) with UST Axiv Core 100 shaft, X-flex
 712U (4-iron) AP2 (714 Series) 5-9 with Aerotech i95 S shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 4 (SM4) (48º) with Aerotech i95 S shaft and Vokey Design Spin Milled 4 (SM4) ( 56º, 60º) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts

Congratulations, Ben!

Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist clubs to capture the 5th PGA Tour title of his career, winning wire-to-wire at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Crane, who shot an opening round of 7-under 63 at TPC Southwind, posted a 10-under-par 270 victory total, one shot clear of Pro V1 loyalist Troy Merritt.

On the European Tour, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Mikael Lundberg holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at the Lyoness Open to top Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger. The pair finished regulation tied at 12-under-par 276 after Lundberg vaulted up the leaderboard with a closing 7-under 65. With the runner-up performance, Wiesberger moved inside the top-60 in the official world golf rankings and earned a spot in this week's U.S. Open.

In Thailand, Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wirathchant closed with a 5-under-par 66 to win the Queen's Cup by one shot over Asian Tour rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Poom Saksansin. Wirathchant posted a 12-under 272 total in claiming his 17th career crown on the Asian Tour.

On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Sluman was part of the team that captured top honors at the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.

In Japan, the winner of the PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup trusted a Pro V1 golf ball en route to victory.

And on the PGA Tour China, Titleist golf ball players claimed the top three spots on the leaderboard as Pro V1x loyalist David McKenzie captured his first career China series title. McKenzie closed with a 3-under-par 69 en route to a 16-under-par 272 total, five shots clear of fellow Australian and Pro V1x loyalist Steve Dartnall. Quincy Quek also trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to finish in solo third, another three shots back, as nine of the 14 players who finished among the top-10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

With six more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 76. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 10,801 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,754 and more than all competitors combined.


TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic 96 19
European Tour Lyoness Open 99 17
LPGA Tour Manulife Financial LPGA Classic 100 14
Champions Tour Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf 50 11
Web.com Tour CleveIand Open 97 25
Japan Tour PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 63 51
Asian Tour Queen's Cup 96 28
Canadian Tour Bayview Place Island Savings Open 90 27
PGA Tour China Lanhai Open 101 20
South African Tour Zambia Sugar Open 99 13
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