TITLEIST BRAND AMBASSADOR ROBERT KARLSSON WINS 2008 ORDER OF MERITTitleist Golf Ball Loyalist Pablo Larrazabal Named European Tour Rookie of the Year
Fairhaven, MA (November 6, 2008) – Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson claimed his first Order of Merit title as the 2008 European Tour’s leading money winner at the conclusion of the season-ending Volvo Masters on Sunday. Today, he struck the opening tee shot to open the 2009 European Tour schedule at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. The Race to Dubai will conclude next November when the top 60 players compete in the richest tournament in golf - the Dubai World Championship.
“It is really exciting to start something new like this and it is a great honor to be the person given the chance to kick off this thrilling period in the European Tour’s history,” said Karlsson. “I felt very privileged to be the first Swedish player to win the Harry Vardon Trophy and now to be given the chance to defend it in the inaugural Race to Dubai is another important milestone in my career.”
Trusting the Pro V1x golf ball and a complete bag of Titleist equipment for his tee-to-green success, Robert posted two wins and finished among the Top 20 in 17 of the 24 events in which he played in 2008, including all four major championships. He was selected to the European Ryder Cup Team for the second consecutive time and is currently sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Karlsson edged two-time major winner Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood, respectively, in the final Order of Merit standings, making it a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball loyalists. Two other full-line Titleist Brand Ambassadors, Ross Fisher (6th) and Martin Kaymer (8th), finished in the top 10 on the Order of Merit. Volvo Masters winner and Pro V1 player Soren Kjeldsen finished 10th.
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, who relies on the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, capped a magnificent maiden season on the European Tour by winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. The 25-year old succeeds Kaymer, who was last year’s winner. Larrazabal claimed his first European Tour title in his first full season on Tour with a victory at the French Open. He earned his place in that tournament through the 36-hole pre-qualifying event the previous week. Larrazabal finished in 18th on the Order of Merit.
In addition to the Pro V1x, Larrazabal also plays the new Titleist 909D3 driver, the Titleist 906F2 3-wood, 735CM irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Select putter. “It’s an amazing honor to be named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, because there are so many great young players on Tour today,” said Larrazabal. “You only have to look at last year’s winner, Martin Kaymer, to see how successful you can go on to be after winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. Martin is a great example to me because he has had an unbelievable second season, and that is what I have to aim to do in 2009.”
Contact: Joe Gomes, Director of Communications, Acushnet Company
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