Continuing our series of insights from Titleist ambassadors on preparing for The Open Championship, Team Titleist caught up with Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson at last week's John Deere Classic.

Both have the short games and shot-making skills to contend for the Claret Jug at Lytham. Steve, a 3-time Deere Champion, and Zach, who is riding the momentum from his victory at this year's Deere, took some time to share their thoughts on preparing for The Open.

Hear what they have to say in the above video.

Video: Preparing for the Open

Howling winds, driving rain, thick rough and deep bunkers - just some of the challenges that The Open Championship presents to players lucky enough to qualify to play in the oldest Major in golf.

But do the players prepare any differently for The Open Championship than any other regular season tournament? Do they spend hours perfecting the "stinger" drive? Do they practice putting from 70, 80 or 90 yards?

Team Titleist asked Titleist brand ambassadors George Coetzee, Jbe Kruger, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Michael Hoey, as well as Pro V1x loyalist Anders Hansen, just how they would be preparing for the 141st Open Championship.

To see what they had to say, just click on the video above.


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 96 victories around the world, compared to 12 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)


PGA TOUR (20) 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
  The Travelers Championship Marc Leishman Pro V1x
  Greenbrier Classic Ted Potter, Jr. Pro V1x
  John Deere Classic Zach Johnson Pro V1x

EUROPEAN (16)  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
  Saint-Omer Open Darren Fichardt Pro V1x
  The Irish Open Jamie Donaldson Pro V1
  Alstom Open de France Marcel Siem Pro V1x

LPGA (11) 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
  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
  Manulife Financial LPGA Brittany Lang Pro V1x

CHAMPIONS (10) 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
  Principal Charity Classic Jay Haas Pro V1
  Regions Tradition Tom Lehman Pro V1
  Montreal Championship Mark Calcavecchia Pro V1x
  Constellation Senior Players Championship Joe Daley Pro V1
  U.S. SENIOR OPEN Roger Chapman Pro V1

WEB.COM (8) 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
  United Leasing Championship Peter Tomasullo Pro V1x
  Utah Championship Doug LaBelle II Pro V1x

SOUTH AFRICAN( 8) 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
  Indio Zambia Bank Zambia Open Justin Harding Pro V1x

ASIAN (8) 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
  Queen's Cup Thaworn Wiratchant Pro V1x
  Volvik Hildesheim Open LEE In Woo Pro V1x

ONEASIA (1) Indonesia Open Nick Cullen Pro V1x

JAPAN (7) 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
  Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open Brad Kennedy Pro V1x
  Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup Kyoong-Hoon Lee Pro V1x

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 (3) Times Colonist Island Savings Open Andrew Roque Pro V1x
  Syncrude Boreal Open Corey Renfrew Pro V1x
  Canadian Tour Players Cup Chris Kilmer Pro V1x

CHINA (0)      

The Open Championship always seems to evoke some of the strongest memories in golf and we've all stood over a chip during our weekend round imagining that we have to put it close to the pin to win The Open.

Posing some of the sternest tests in golf, courses on The Open roster can put players through the mill if weather combines with narrow fairways, long rough and deep bunkers.

And if the weather in the UK over the past few weeks is anything to go by, then this looks like it will be the case at Royal Lytham and St Annes for the 141st Open Championship!

Over the past couple of weeks, Team Titleist caught up with some of the Titleist brand ambassadors and Titleist ball loyalists playing in this year's Open to get their thoughts on the event.

In this first video Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Anders Hansen, George Coetzee and Michael Hoey talk about what The Open Championship means to them. To view, simply click the video above.

It was a 1-2-3-4 weekend for Titleist brand ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in more than one way around the world's professional tours.

Zach Johnson - John Deere Classic winner 2012

First up, Titleist brand ambassadors and Titleist ball loyalists filled the top-4 places at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Illinois.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2/AP1 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges) won what he describes as his "fifth major," capturing the John Deere Classic on the second hole of a sudden death playoff with Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Troy Matteson.  

Zach and his caddie consult on a yardage

Johnson hit a remarkable shot to win the event, firing a six-iron out of the left-hand fairway bunker to one foot of the cup.  The tap-in birdie gave the native of Iowa and local fan favorite his second PGA Tour title of the season. He won at Colonial in May.

Matteson made a 60-foot eagle putt at the par-5 17th to tie Johnson at 20-under and both players made par at the finishing hole to force the playoff.  Johnson carded a final round 6-under par 65, while Matteson closed with a 2-under par 69.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy (Pro V1x, 910D2, 690MB/AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) finished alone in third at 18-under, and Pro V1 loyalist John Senden was another shot back in fourth place.

Piercy celebrates chipping in his Pro V1x on the ninth

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the John Deere Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 106, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18.

Adding to the four-win-weekend was Pro V1 loyalist Roger Chapman, as he captured his second major championship of the year, closing with a 4-under 66 to win the U.S. Senior Open in Lake Orion, Michigan.

The 2012 US Senior Open Champion - Pro V1 loyalist Roger Chapman

Chapman finished the event at 10-under par 270, two shots clear of four players, including Pro V1 loyalists Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman  and Corey Pavin, as four of the top finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Chapman sends his Pro V1 towards the hole

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 113 of the 156-player field, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14.

Elsewhere on the Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Doug LaBelle II closed with a 3-under par 68 for a come-from-behind win at the Utah Championship, his second title on the Tour. LaBelle's previous Tour victory came at the 2006 Price Cutter Charity Championship.

Doug LaBelle splashes out on his way to victory in Utah

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 108 of the 156-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20.

The 1-2-3-4 weekend was rounded out by Pro V1x loyalist Chris Killmer as he secured victory on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff at The Players Cup on the Canadian Tour after closing with a final round 2-under par 69.

Finally, on the European Tour, the Scottish Open marked the second week of the seeding and tour validation process of the new prototype Titleist 913 driver, where 20 players put it in the bag, up from 14 a week earlier. 

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 94 of the 156-player field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.

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