It's back to work for the PGA Tour this week at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., and the Travelers Championship.

Many of the PGA Tour's stars have come to New England this week, including Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson, who earned his first PGA Tour victory here last year. (He's won two more times since, at this season's Farmers Insurance Open and Zurich Classic of New Orleans).

Also in the field this week: Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson, a winner earlier this week at the best-ball CVS Caremark Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club.

Team Titleist is on the ground at TPC River Highlands this week as well, checking in with all our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball players. Launch the slideshow below to see pictures from Tuesday's practice round, and check back later in the week for more updates from the Travelers Championship.

If you happen to be going to TPC River Highlands today (Wednesday), click here for your chance to win a prize from Team Titleist.

 



Titleist Brand Ambassdor and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy
wasn't the only player to run away with a big trophy Sunday.

Pro V1 loyalist Matthew Zions (pictured above) won the European Tour's Saint-Omer Open by seven shots, contributing to a perfect 4-for-4 Sunday sweep for Titleist golf ball players across the worldwide professional tours.

 Last week, Titleist golf ball players won all seven events contested around the globe.

Seventy-seven players have now trusted Titleist golf balls to worldwide victories in 2011, seven times the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined.

A total of 9,384 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,452 and more than all other golf balls combined.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Matthew Zions closed with a 2-under 69 at the Saint-Omer Open to earn his first European Tour title.

Zions finished the four rounds at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club at 8-under 276 (68-72-67-69), seven shots ahead of three players including Titleist Pro V1x loyalists Peter Gustafsson and Craig Lee.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 117 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18. Titleist also was first in iron sets (49); and sand, lob and approach wedges (194).

“It feels like I’m dreaming," said Zions. "The last four holes I was wondering when I could start thinking about winning, and when would be too soon that it tempted fate. I had a lump in my throat a couple of times. ... It was nice to feel those butterflies this morning and feel the adrenaline as I was coming down the stretch. That’s why we play."

Zions led the field in greens in regulation (76.4 percent) and averaged 1.79 putts per green in regulation.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Mathew Goggin became the first two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this season, holding off Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Thompson for a one-shot victory at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in Kansas.



Goggin rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in from 7 feet for birdie on No. 18 at at Crestview Country Club to post a final-round 2-under 69 and 18-under 266 total.

 Thompson, winner of last week's Rex Hospital Open, also birdied two of his last three holes to shot a Sunday 69. He finished at 17-under 267.

"Since I have two kids, it really is special to win on Father's Day, but really any day is good to win a golf tournament," said Goggin," also a winner at the season-opening Panama CLARO Championship.


Goggin was one of 114 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (44);  sand, lob and approach wedges (139); and putters (68).

ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Chawalit Plaphol captured the Queen's Cup for his first title in five years, closing with a 3-under 68 for an 11-under 273 total and two-shot victory.

Below is a closer look at the Titleist equipment used by Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy in his record-breaking U.S. Open victory at Congressional, from his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to his Scotty Cameron GSS prototype putter.

(The only piece of metal not made by Titleist in these pictures, of course, is the U.S. Open trophy.)

Rory marks his Titleist Pro V1x with a black dot over the number. He marks his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges and his Scotty Cameron putter with the same thing you always see on the back of his Titleist cap: His nickname, "Rors."

"My mum actually called me Rory because she thought it couldn't have a nickname or it couldn't be shortened, and then my dad came up with 'Rors,' " he told PGATour.com. "So she was very happy about that."

Below are the details of Rory's TItleist equipment as well as some pictures inside his bag, including the new Circle T U.S.A. headcover that loyal Scotty Cameron players were given last week. Enjoy!

Ball
: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º, C•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Fujikura Rombax 7V05)

3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º (Fujikura Pro95)

5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Fujikura Pro95)

Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (Project X Steel)

Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•10º (bent to 46º), SM54•10º, 60Lº (Project X Steel)

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype (chromatic bronze finish)





 

In winning the 111th United States Open Championship, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy registered one of golf's all-time dominating performances, trusting a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to a historic eight-shot victory and his first major championship.

Over the four rounds at Congressional Country Club, McIlroy set or tied 12 tournament records, posting rounds of 65-66-68-69 to finish at 16 under (268), a red number that U.S. Open scoreboards had yet to display for over 110 years before Sunday.

(For the record, they'd never shown 13 under, 14 under or 15 under, either. He got to 17 under at one point, too.)

At 22 years, 1 month and 5 days, McIlroy also became the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones won the 1923 U.S. Open at 21 years, 3 months and 28 days.

His new scoring records are just days (even hours) old:

• Fastest to double-digits under par (26 holes);
• Largest 36-hole lead (T-6);
• Low first-36 holes (131);
• Most strokes under par for 36 holes (-11);
• Low first-54 holes (199);
• Most strokes under par for 54 holes (-14);
• Low 72-hole total (268); and
• Most strokes under par for 72 holes (-16).

It was indeed a spectacle, a four-day highlight reel that mesmerized golfers anywhere and everywhere.

He concluded the show by tapping in his Pro V1x ball from 2 feet for par on Congressional's 18th green and raising his right fist in the air. Seconds later, McIlroy walked into the outstetched arms of his father, Gerry, saying simply, "Happy Father's Day."

 "The whole week was special. I could not have asked for anything more," said McIlroy, who has now led after seven of the eight major championship rounds of 2011.

For the week, McIlroy hit 62 of 72 of greens in regulation (86 percent), using his Titleist MB irons and Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges to author a legendary tale of precision (and tap-in birdies).

He averaged 1.65 putts per green, putting with a Scotty Cameron Newport GSS Prototype in a chromatic bronze finish that may as well have been gold.

McIlroy rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for 19 birdies, one eagle and 48 pars.

He made just two bogeys and one double-bogey in 72 holes.

"When you're swinging well and you're that comfortable, everything just seems quite rhythmical, even the way you walk and just your whole thought process, everything just seems to go quite well," he said. "I didn't really have a swing thought this week. I was just seeing the target and hitting it. It was just one of those weeks where everything was on and it worked out the right way."

McIlroy was one of 96 players in the field at Congressional Country Club that relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined. It marked the 63rd-consecutive year that Titleist was the #1 golf ball at the U.S. Open.

Here's a closer look at Rory McIlroy's Titleist equipment:



Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º, C•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Fujikura Rombax 7V05)

3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º (Fujikura Pro95)

5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Fujikura Pro95)

Irons: Titleist MB 3-9 (Project X Steel)

Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•10º (bent to 46º), SM54•10º, 60Lº (Project X Steel)

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype

For the 63rd-consecutive year, Titleist is the #1 golf ball at the United States Open Championship.

 At this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, 96 players are trusting Titleist golf balls for their success, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

It's the longest success story in golf, dating back to the 1949 U.S. Open at Medinah Country Club.

Titleist is also first this week in iron sets (44); sand, lob and approach wedges (132); and putters (51).

So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 73 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined.

For more coverage from the U.S. Open, check out the links below:

Video: Inside the Ropes at Congressional with TPI's Dave Phillips
Slideshow: On the Range at the U.S. Open (Part 1)
Slideshow: On the Range at the U.S. Open (Part 2)
Slideshow: On the Range at the U.S. Open (Part 3)

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