YANI TSENG MAKES MAJOR MARK IN VICTORY AT LPGA CHAMPIONSHIPNineteen Year-Old Rookie Tops Maria Hjorth in all-Titleist Pro V1x Playoff
Fairhaven, MA (May 26, 2008) - Yani Tseng made her first professional victory a major one, capturing the McDonald's LPGA Championship on the fourth hole of an all-Pro V1x playoff with Maria Hjorth. The 19-year-old became the first rookie in ten years and the second youngest player in LPGA Tour history to win a major. While the champion may have been in doubt as the pair prepared for the playoff, the golf ball was not. In fact, 110 players in the world-class field relied upon Titleist, more than three times the nearest competitor with 30, and more than all other golf balls combined.
- Tseng, who started the final round four shots behind the leader, closed with a four-under 68 to match Hjorth at 12-under 276 after regulation. Laura Diaz (Pro V1) shot a two-under final round 70 to finish in solo fifth at 10-under 278.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 8, 2008
PGA: Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Stanford St. Jude Championship with 100 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (35), wedge (134) and putter (63) categories.
- Titleist ambassador Tom Pernice, who shot a final round 63 for the tournament's low round, finished at two-under 278, and tied for 8th place with Pro V1x players Scott Verplank and Gavin Coles. Pernice’s Titleist bag includes the Pro V1x golf ball, 907D2 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges and a Scotty Cameron Futura putter.
- The final two playoff participants relied on Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters for their success. Cameron putters have been the winning choice of 14 champions on the 2008 PGA Tour, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 5.
PGA EUROPEAN: Pro V1x loyalist Jeev Milkha Singh posted 18 consecutive pars for a closing 71 and a three-round winning total of 15-under 198 at the weather-shortened Bank Austria Golf Open presented by Telekom Austria. It was Singh's third career European Tour title. He also owns two second-place finishes this year.
Singh topped a leaderboard that included all Titleist golf ball players among the top eight finishers. Fellow Pro V1x player Simon Wakefield was one shot behind Singh, while five players, including Pelle Edberg (Pro V1x), Martin Erlandsson (Pro V1x), Peter Fowler (Pro V1) and Iain Pyman (Pro V1x), shared third, three shots behind the champion.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Bank Austria GolfOpen with 113 players, compared to 18 for the nearest competitor.
ASIAN: Pro V1x player Thaworn Wiratchant fired his second straight three-under 68 for a three-stroke triumph at the Bangkok Airways Open. Wiratchant finished with a winning total of 13-under 271 as he secured a record 10th win on the Asian Tour. Han Lee (Pro V1) posted a final round 64 to claim joint third with three other players, including Chinnarat Phadungsil (Pro V1x). All four finished at nine-under, four strokes behind the winner.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Bangkok Airways Open with 119 players (79%), over 100 more than the nearest competitor with 15. Nine of the 12 players who finished among the Top 9 and ties trusted Titleist for their success.
WORLDWIDE GOLF BALL WINS: With three more golf ball wins across the worldwide professional tours this week, Titleist's 2008 victory total advanced to 74, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20.
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