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TITLEIST WINS THE WORLD OVER WITH SIX MORE GOLF BALL VICTORIES

Ryan Palmer, Soren Kjeldsen, Candie Kung and Andy Bean Trust Pro V1 for Their Success.

Fairhaven, MA (November 3, 2008) - On golf's most competitive stages, when every shot counts, consistency and confidence in your golf ball are paramount.  Titleist's momentum continued this week as the winning golf ball choice across six worldwide professional tours.  Ryan Palmer and Candie Kung returned to the winners’ circle on the PGA and LPGA Tours, respectively, each winning by one shot.  On the European Tour, Soren Kjeldsen went wire-to-wire, while Andy Bean won by nine shots at the Champions Tour finale.  All four players relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball for their success.  Additional victories in South Africa and Australia advanced Titleist's 2008 win count to 159, more than five times the nearest competitor with 31.

TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 2, 2008

PGA TOUR: Ryan Palmer sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to break a six-way tie of Titleist golf ball players and win the Ginn sur Mer Classic.  Palmer, who entered the tournament at No. 143 on the official money list with two tournaments remaining, finished at 7-under 281 en route to his second career crown.  He earned a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR with the victory.

The five players who tied for second included Titleist Brand Ambassadors Michael Letzig (Pro V1x, 905S driver, 670 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter), George McNeill (Pro V1, 909D3 driver, 906F2 fairway metals, 695MB irons, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) and Nicholas Thompson (Pro V1x, 909D Comp driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching and gap wedges, Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron putter), and Ken Duke (Pro V1) and Vaughn Taylor (Pro V1).

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Ginn sur Mer Classic with 85 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20.  Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (35), wedges (131) and putters (52).  Titleist was second in drivers (38) and fairway metals (49).  The win was the 28th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 PGA TOUR, more than twice the nearest competitor with 11.  In addition to playing the Pro V1 golf ball, the champion also relied upon AP2 irons and a Vokey Design pitching wedge (47).

PGA EUROPEAN:  Denmark's Søren Kjeldsen (Pro V1) completed a wire-to-wire victory in the last-ever Volvo Masters following a final round 71 that gave him an 8-under par 276 total.  Kjeldsen, who opened with a 6-under 65, finished two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Kaymer (Pro V1, 909F2 3-wood, 585H utility metal, ZM irons, Vokey Design wedges) and Anthony Wall (Pro V1x).

Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson became the first Swede to win the European Order of Merit.  He is the fifth different player to win the Order of Merit in as many years.  "In the last three and a half years I have taken myself to a new level and this is fantastic."  Karlsson finished among the Top 20 in 17 of the 23 events he played this season, including two wins.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the season-ending, limited-field event with 34 players, compared to 7 for the nearest competitor.  For the season on the 2008 PGA European Tour, Titleist players accounted for 24 wins, four times the nearest competitor with 6.

LPGA TOUR: It was a Pro V1 1-2 finish at the Hana Bank KOLON Championship where Candie Kung closed with a 3-under 69 to top Katherine Hull by one shot.  Kung holed a shot with a lob wedge for eagle on the ninth that vaulted her into first place en route to a 6-under par 210 total.  The victory was the fourth of her LPGA Tour career and her first since 2003.  Hull, who set a course record with a first round 6-under 66, posted her seventh top 10 finish of the season.  Four players tied for third, another shot back, including Hee-Won Han (Pro V1), Jeong Jang (Pro V1) and Jee Young Lee (Pro V1x), as five of the top six finishers trusted Titleist for their success.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the limited-field event with 49 players (71%), compared to 13 for the nearest competitor.  The win was the 14th for Titleist players on the 2008 LPGA Tour, more than any other competitor.

CHAMPIONS TOUR:  Andy Bean (Pro V1) breezed through 32 holes of play Sunday to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, pulling away for a nine-stroke victory over his closest rival, Gene Jones (Pro V1x).  After finishing the last 14 holes of the rain-delayed third round, Bean made six birdies on the first nine holes of a final-round 66, lapping the elite 29-man field with a 20-under 268 total.  It was the second victory of the season and the third of Bean’s Champions Tour career.  He also enjoyed 11 career wins on the PGA Tour.

Titleist Brand ambassador Jay Haas (Pro V1, 905R driver, 904F fairway metals, 909H utility metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Laguna 2.5 putter) also had reason to celebrate, as he claimed a $1 million annuity by winning the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points competition.  Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) won the tour’s overall scoring title and the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour money leader.  He was the only player to earn more than $2 million during the 2008 season.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with 20 players (69%), compared to 3 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (17) category.  The win was the 23rd for Titleist golf ball players on the 2008 Champions Tour, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 4.

SOUTH AFRICA: Thomas Aiken (Pro V1x) fired a final round 8-under 64 to claim an impressive five-shot victory at the Platinum Classic.  Aiken's final round comprised of four birdies and two eagles en route to his seventh career title.  Titleist Brand Ambassador Desvonde Botes (Pro V1) and Pro V1x players Nic Henning and Keith Horne tied for third as Titleist golf players accounted for each of the top four positions on the leaderboard.  Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 50 players in the 72-player field, compared to 19 for the nearest competitor.

AUSTRALASIAN: Michael Long (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 906F2 3-wood, ZB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) captured the Oceanique Western Australia PGA, finishing three shots clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Griffin (Pro V1x).  Griffin was playing in his first professional event since turning pro straight after the world team's amateur event two weeks ago.  It was a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players as Peter Wilson finished in solo third.  Six of the top 10 finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.  The overwhelming ball of choice among all players, 80 percent of the field (93 players) trusted Titleist, compared to 8 for the nearest competitor.

TITLEIST TOUR BLOG:  For notes from the worldwide professional tours, visit: http://titleistblog.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://www.titleist.com/leaderboard/default.asp

Contact:  Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211)

 

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