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Fairhaven, MA (July 21, 2008) - Securing his status as one of golf's great champions, Padraig Harrington successfully defended his Open Championship title with sterling play under challenging conditions at Royal Birkdale. In memorable closing fashion, Harrington became the first European in more than a century to win golf's oldest major championship in consecutive years. Both Harrington and runner-up Ian Poulter relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball for their success. In fact, the overwhelming majority of players trusted Titleist, the #1 ball at The Open Championship since records have been kept.

  • On a day when only four other players shot sub-par rounds, Padraig Harrington fired a 1-under 69 in the final round of The Open Championship for a 3-over 283 total and a four-shot win over Ian Poulter.
  • Nine players tied for seventh place, including Titleist brand ambassadors Ben Curtis, Steve Stricker and Robert Karlsson. See what’s in their bags below:
  • Ben Curtis: Pro V1x, 907D2 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 585.H utility metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.
  • Steve Stricker: Pro V1, 905T driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 585.H utility metal, 755 irons, Vokey Design wedges.
  • Robert Karlsson: Pro V1x, 905R driver, 906F2 fairway metal, ZM irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter.
  • Titleist was the most played golf ball at The Open Championship with 95 players, compared to 24 for the nearest competitor.
  • Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (35), wedge (131) and putter (49) categories, and second in drivers (30), four of which were new 909 models.
WORLDWIDE GOLF BALL WINS: Harrington was one of five players to win this week playing Titleist golf balls across the worldwide professional tours, advancing the year-to-date win count for the #1 ball in golf to 97, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 24, and more than all other golf balls combined.

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