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.

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 V1 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 U.S. Open, that's what they're doing," Geoff said.

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 next week's 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.

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, to date in 2012, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 75 victories around the world, compared to 10 for the nearest competitor. Since the introduction of the Pro V1 in 2000, the golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 1,700 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2012.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (16) Hyundai Tournament of Champions Steve Stricker Pro V1x
  Sony Open in Hawaii Johnson Wagner Pro V1x
  Humana Challenge Mark Wilson Pro V1x
  Waste Management Phoenix Open Kyle Stanley Pro V1x
  Northern Trust Open Bill Haas Pro V1x
  WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
  Mayakoba Classic John Huh Pro V1
  Honda Classic Rory McIlroy Pro V1x
  Transitions Championship Luke Donald Pro V1x
  Shell Houston Open Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
  THE MASTERS Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  Valero Texas Open Ben Curtis Pro V1x
  Zurich Classic of New Orleans Jason Dufner Pro V1
  Wells Fargo Championship Rickie Fowler Pro V1x
  HP Byron Nelson Championship Jason Dufner Pro V1
  Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Zach Johnson Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (13)  Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Robert Rock Pro V1x
  Commercialbank Qatar Masters Paul Lawrie Pro V1x
  Omega Dubai Desert Classic Rafael Cabrera-Bello Pro V1x
  Avantha Masters Jbe' Kruger Pro V1x
  Open de Andalucia Julien Quesne Pro V1x
  Trophée Hassan II Michael Hoey Pro V1x
  Maybank Malaysian Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Ballantine's Championship Bernd Wiesberger Pro V1x
  Madeira Islands Open Ricardo Santos Pro V1x
  Volvo World Match Play Championship Nicolas Colsaerts Pro V1x
  BMW PGA Championship Luke Donald Pro V1x
  Nordea Masters Lee Westwood Pro V1x
       

LPGA (9) Honda LPGA Thailand Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  HSBC Women's Champions Angela Stanford Pro V1
  RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  Kia Classic Yani Tseng Pro V1x
  Kraft Nabisco Championship Sun Young Yoo Pro V1
  Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  Sybase Match Play Championship Azahara Munoz Pro V1
  ShopRite LPGA Classic Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  Wegman's LPGA Championship Shanshan Feng Pro V1x
       

CHAMPIONS (7) Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Dan Forsman Pro V1x
  Allianz Championship Corey Pavin Pro V1
  ACE Group Classic Kenny Perry Pro V1x
  Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay Michael Allen Pro V1x
  Senior PGA Championship Roger Chapman Pro V1
  Principal Charity Classic Jay Haas Pro V1
  Regions Tradition Tom Lehman Pro V1
       

NATIONWIDE (6) Panama Claro Championship Edward Loar Pro V1x
  Chile Classic Paul Haley II Pro V1x
  Soboba Classic Andres Gonzales Pro V1x
  TPC Stonebrae Championship Alex Aragon Pro V1x
  The Rex Hospital Open James Hahn Pro V1x
  Mexico Open Lee Williams Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN( 7) Data Dimension Pro-Am Oliver Bekker Pro V1x
  Telkom PGA Championship Keith Horne Pro V1x
  Platinum Classic Jake Roos Pro V1x
  Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open Chris Swanepoel Pro V1x
  Investec Royal Swazi Open Christiaan Basson Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf - Simola Event Ryan Cairns Pro V1x
  Lombard Insurance Classic Jake Roos Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (6) Zaykabar Myanmar Open Kieran Pratt Pro V1x
  ISPS Philippine Open Mardan Mamat Pro V1x
  Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic David Lipsky Pro V1x
  Panasonic Indonesia Open Digvijay Singh Pro V1x
  ISPS Handa Singapore Open Scott Hend Pro V1x
  CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters Lee Westwood Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (1) Indonesia Open Nick Cullen Pro V1x
       
       

JAPAN (5) Tsuruya Open Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
  The Crowns I. J. Jang Pro V1x
  JPGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup Toru Taniguchi Pro V1x
  Totoumi Hamamatsu Open Jay Choi Pro V1x
  Diamond Cup Golf 2012 Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
       

AUSTRALASIAN (3) Victorian Open Scott Arnold Pro V1
  Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship Garreth Paddison Pro V1
  New Zealand Pro-Am Championship Mike Hendry Pro V1x
       

KOREAN (1) The 7th Meritz Solmoro Open Jin Ho Choi Pro V1x
       

CANADIAN (1) Times Colonist Island Savings Open Andrew Roque Pro V1x
       

CHINA (0)      
       

Wins on the European Tour, the Champions Tour and the LPGA Tour for Lee Westwood, Tom Lehman and Shanshan Feng respectively showcased another multiple win week for Titleist golf ball loyalists around the globe this weekend.

Pro V1x loyalist Westwood blasted through the field at the Nordea Masters on Thursday (the second day of the tournament) with a blistering 8-under round of 64 and didn't relinquish his hold on the lead, running out winner by five shots on Saturday evening with a 19-under total of 269.


With four rounds in the 60's, it was Westwood's imperious iron-play, and the ability to trust in the performance of his Pro V1x golf ball that swept him away from the chasing pack at the Bro Hoff Slott course near Stockholm, Sweden.

The 39-year old from Worksop recorded his first ever European Tour win at this event in 1996 and captured the title again in 2000. This win marked Lee's 22nd European Tour victory and is a good vein of form to take to the US Open this week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.


“It feels really special winning here another time – I’ve won it in three decades now which just shows how old we’re getting!" laughed Westwood.

Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Nordea Masters with 100 players, more than four times the nearest competitor.

It was a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist at the second senior major of the season, where Tom Lehman (Pro V1) withstood day-long rain and relentless challenges from fellow Pro V1 loyalists Bernhard Langer and Taiwan's Chien Soon Lu to win his second straight Regions Tradition. Lehman shot a final round 4-under 68 en route to a 14-under 274 victory total. The win also marks Lehman's sixth Champions Tour victory. 



Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 53 players (70%) in the 76-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 9.  Titleist was also the field favourite in the irons (19) and wedge (57) categories.

Elsewhere, Pro V1x loyalist Shanshan Feng became the first-ever player from mainland China to win an LPGA event, and she did it on a major stage.  The 22-year-old Feng entered the final round of the Wegman's LPGA Championship three strokes off the lead, but climbed her way up the leaderboard, finishing with five birdies, no bogeys and a tournament-low round of 5-under 67.



The round was highlighted by a key birdie on the 17th hole that helped clinch a two-stroke margin of victory over four players, including fellow Pro V1x player Stacy Lewis.  

Titleist was the top golf ball choice of 100 players (67%) in the 150-player field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.

The five-win weekend was completed by Pro V1x loyalist Lee Williams, who captured the Mexico Open for his first ever Nationwide Tour win, and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Andrew Roque, whose final round 9-under 61 secured the Times Colonist Island Savings Open on the Canadian Tour.

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