BACK TO BACK. BETTER THAN EVER.Weekley and Watson Defend Titles with Titleist.
Fairhaven, MA (April 21, 2008) - A remarkable pair of title defenses by Boo Weekley and Tom Watson capped another winning weekend for Titleist golf ball loyalists across the worldwide professional tours. Trusting the Pro V1x, Weekley successfully defended his Verizon Heritage crown, while Watson relied on the Pro V1 to repeat at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. With additional victories on the PGA European and Canadian PGA tours, Titleist’s 2008 worldwide victory count advances to 46, more than all competitors combined. Further proof that no other golf ball gives you a better chance to win. Again and again.
PGA TOUR: Weekley captured his second career PGA Tour title by defending his Verizon Heritage crown at Harbour Town Golf Links. Weekley shot an even-par 71 for a three-shot victory over two players, including fellow Pro V1x player Aaron Baddeley. A year ago, Weekley needed miraculous chips on the 71st and 72nd holes to win by a stroke. This year, Weekley maintained the three-shot lead he took into the final round, finishing at 15-under 269.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Verizon Heritage with 82 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. In addition, Titleist was first in wedges (116) and putters (45), and second in drivers (30) and iron sets (31).
Weekley’s victory was the 10th by a Titleist golf ball player on the 2008 PGA TOUR, twice the nearest competitor.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Watson successfully defended his Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, closing with a 1-under 70 for a one-shot victory over Titleist ambassador Jay Haas (Pro V1) and Scott Hoch (Pro V1x), as Titleist players posted a 1-2-3 sweep on the leaderboard. Watson, who started the final round three shots behind the overnight leader, finished at 9-under 204 for his 50th title on the Champions and PGA Tours. The victory was Watson's first on the Champions Tour this year and 11th overall. The win was the 8th by a Titleist golf ball player through the first nine events on the 2008 Champions Tour.
Haas fired a final round 7-under 64 for the low round of the day. In addition to the Pro V1 golf ball, he trusts Titleist from tee-to-green with a 905R driver, 904F fairway metals, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand and Spin Milled lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron Studio Design putter.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am with 53 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 11. In addition, Titleist was also the top choice in wedges (43).
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Ireland’s Damien McGrane relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball to claim his first PGA European Tour title with a convincing nine shot victory at the Volvo China Open in Beijing. Following the calm of the first three days, a downpour battered the players on the final day. McGrane, who led by three strokes entering the final round, remained in complete control, closing with a one-over 73 to finish with a 10-under 278 total. On a day when 20 players started the day under par, only four finished in red figures. McGrane became the seventh first-time winner this season.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Volvo China Open with 109 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 22. The victory was the 10th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 PGA European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.
The champion also led the field in putting, needing just 96 putts over the 72 holes trusting his Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport model putter.
LPGA TOUR: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Ginn Open with 104 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 32. Runner-up Yani Tseng (Pro V1x, 905R driver, 735.CM irons, Vokey Design sand and Spin Milled lob wedge) posted her highest career finish as a rookie, finishing at 16-under par, three strokes behind the champion.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic with 103 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was the field favorite in irons sets (45), wedges (138) and putters (63).
CANADIAN TOUR: It was an all-Titleist playoff at the Stockton Sports Commission Classic where John Ellis (Pro V1) won a thrilling duel with Tommy Barber (Pro V1x). Ellis made a birdie on the final hole of regulation to send the pair into a playoff that Ellis won with another birdie on the first extra hole. Both players finished at 16-under par 272. It is the second consecutive event in which the outcome was determined by a playoff.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive round-by-round interviews with Titleist players from every PGA TOUR event, including Verizon Heritage champion Boo Weekley, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at: http://titleist.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1
TITLEIST TOUR BLOG: Find out what's going on inside the ropes at every PGA TOUR event and on tours across the world, and ask questions of our Titleist Tour Leadership staff by visiting the Titleist Tour Blog at: http://www.titleisttourblog.com/
TITLEIST GOLF CLUB LEADERBOARD: To learn about Titleist's golf club success on the PGA Tour, the PGA Professional National Championship and at major amateur events throughout the year, visit the Titleist Golf Club leaderboard at: http://titleist.com/leaderboard/default.asp
Contact: Joe Gomes, Director of Communications, Acushnet Company (508.979.3211)
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