Video: Welcome to U.S. Open Week

Challenging rough, tough pin placements, narrow fairways and a lot of pressure.

Welcome to U.S. Open Week.

As many of the world’s best players make their way to Ardmore, Pennsylvania, a true test awaits them at Merion Golf Club. And while a U.S. Open presents one of the toughest challenges and demands precision shot making, it is the type of competition that also drives players to be at their very best.

As we get ready for the drama to unfold, Team Titleist caught up with a number of Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists to get their take on what it means to compete and what it takes to win.

Check out the video above to see what players like defending U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, reigning Masters Champion Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matteo Mannassero, and Tim Clark (among others) had to say as they look to rise to the challenge.

Trusting a Titleist golf ball on every shot, three more players from across the globe achieved championship performances and entered the winner’s circle on Sunday.

In his first start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English posted four rounds in the sixties on his way to a 12-under par 268 to capture his first career PGA Tour victory. Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten began Sunday’s championship round at the Lyoness Open with a three shot lead, and consistent play resulted in a 17-under par 271 and his second career victory on the European Tour. On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost completed a 16-under par 272 to win the Regions Tradition and seize his first major on the senior circuit.

Adding three more victories to the trophy count, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 67 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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PGA: FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English

English, a Georgia native who played high school golf in Tennessee, posted a 6-under par 66 on Thursday and followed that up with a 8-under par 64 to hold the lead Friday. The heat and the wind increased throughout the weekend, and scoring conditions became more difficult, but English prevailed with back-to-back rounds of 1-under par 69. And he capped off his final round by trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to two birdies in the final three holes to seal the victory.

"It's quite an unbelievable feeling," said English following his win.

"The main thing that I am looking forward to is playing the Masters next year. Growing up in Georgia, I mean that was the main tournament that I always watched and went to when I was a kid. The invitation to the Masters is going to be very special and special for my family."

The win marks the first career PGA TOUR victory for English, who also has four top 10 finishes this season. Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings posted a final round 2-under par 68 to finish in a tie for second.

Of the 156-player field, 100 relied upon a Titleist golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17.

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EUROPEAN: Lyoneess Open

Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten

Luiten began his week Thursday with four straight birdies and never looked back as he went on to card 24 total birdies for the tournament. With the hot start and an opening round of 7-under par 65, Luiten remained confident through weather delays and achieved the win.

''It's a great feeling. It's been a great week,'' said Luiten in an interview. "I made a birdie on the 16th, and it's always nice to finish with par and par.''

Joining him in the Top 5, Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel and Pro V1x loyalist Wen-Chong Lian matched scores of 14-under par 274 to tie for a share of third place.

Of the 151-player field, 112 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 23.

What’s in Joost Luiten’s Bag?: Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 (7.5) driver, 913Fd (13.5) fairway metal, AP2 2 iron, CB irons (3-P), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges.

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CHAMPIONS: Regions Tradition

Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost

Also a winner at the Toshiba Classic earlier this year, Frost was able to notch his fifth career win and first major title on the Champions Tour with his victory at the Regions Tradition. This latest win moves Frost to the top of the season long Schwab Cup standings.

Of the 81-player field, 62 relied upon Titleist, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 6.

Welcome to the 2013 Lyoness Open

Click on the image above to view slideshow.

The Titleist Tour Support Team is in Austria this week, as the European Tour returns to Diamond Country Club for the Lyoness Open. A number of prominent players have made the trip oversees to prepare for next week's U.S. Open Championship, but a talented host has also arrived here in Atzenbrugg. Leading the field is Titleist Brand Ambassador and defending Lyoness champion Bernd Wiesberger, who is hoping for a repeat performance on his native soil.

Diamond CC has been deluged with heavy rains this week, which should make the thick rough here an even greater challenge. Players who can drive it well and hit fairways will enjoy a distinct advantage on the par-72, 7,386-yard layout.

At the time of this writing, Pro V1 loyalist Joost Luiten holds the tournament lead. Joost shot 65-68 in the first two rounds, good for an 11-under-par total and a one shot lead over two players, including Pro V1x loyalist Paul Waring.

At this week's Lyoness Open, 112 players in the field of 151 are relying on a Titleist golf ball, more than 4 times the nearest competitor and more than all other competitors combined.

Click the photo above to view some images that we captured earlier this week from inside the ropes.

Some golfers spend a lifetime on the course and never achieve a hole-in-one. And then there are a lucky few who have multiple aces. But not many of us can say we know someone who has two aces in one round - until now.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt began his second round of last week's Nordea Masters with a par on the tenth. He walked to the eleventh, stood on the tee, and stared down the pin 175 yards away. A birdie would have been a nice jumpstart to his round. Instead, the 27-year-old Australian holed out for an ace. Dodt birdied the twelfth and added two more birdies to his outward nine to post 4-under par 32.

Any player would be happy with a run like this during a round, but what happened next can only be described as unimaginable. 

Following a birdie on the sixth hole (his 15th on the round), Dodt found himself on the seventh tee, playing 208 yards. For the second time in the round, Dodt's Pro V1x golf ball found the bottom of the cup for another ace! He would birdie the final hole of his second round, posting a 7-under 65.

Congratulations Andrew, you and your Titleist Pro V1x golf ball proved that performance defies the odds.

Team Titleist Bag Tag

Earlier this year our friends across the pond created some Team Titleist bag tags.  We thought this was a really cool idea, so we got to work on making it happen for the UK.

And now we're happy to say that if you're looking to show your Team Titleist pride on the golf course.....we've got you covered.

All you need to do is fully complete your Team Titleist profile, so we have your full contact details and we'll send you an official Team Titleist bag tag for you to proudly display on your bag. We'll start sending them out within the next month.

We only have limited quantities, so don't hesitate!

No purchase necessary. One (1) bag tag per member while supplies last. Open to U.K and Ireland residents only

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