TITLEIST AMBASSADOR DAVIS LOVE III CAPTURES CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK CLASSICLifetime Exemption on PGA TOUR with 20th Career Victory
Fairhaven, MA (November 10, 2008) - Long-time Titleist Brand Ambassador Davis Love III put an exclamation point on the 2008 PGA Tour season with a thrilling one shot victory at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. Love saved his best for last, closing with consecutive, season-low 64s to capture his 20th career win, a mark that earned him a rare lifetime exemption on the PGA Tour. Love trusts Titleist for his tee-to-green success, including the Pro V1x golf ball and the new 909D3 driver among his 14 Titleist clubs.
Davis Love III
What’s in Davis Love’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 909D3 driver (8.5), 906F fairway metals (13, 18), 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design pitching (50), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter.
- Love finished at 25-under 263, which included getting up-and-down from 106 yards on the 71st hole and a par save from the greenside bunker on the final hole.
- Scott Verplank (Pro V1) and Steve Marino (Pro V1x) tied for third place at 20-under 268. Of the nine players who finished tied for seventh place or better at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, seven trusted Titleist for their success.
- Titleist golf ball players accumulated 29 wins during the 2008 PGA TOUR season, compared to 11 for the nearest competitor.
- Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Children's Miracle Network Classic with 81 players, compared to 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in the irons (33), wedge (124) and putter (51) categories.
- Love is the fifth player to win on the 2008 PGA TOUR with a new 909 driver, following Chez Reavie (Canadian Open), Parker McLachlin (Reno-Tahoe), Zach Johnson (Valero Texas Open) and Marc Turnesa (Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) into the winners’ circle. The new 909 drivers began shipping to golf shops this month following a seeding process with PGA TOUR players that began in mid-June.
Statistically, Love averaged 290 yards per drive, was tied for 5th in Greens in Regulation (83.3%) and 7th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.650).
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 9, 2008
LPGA TOUR: ; Ji-Yai Shin (Pro V1x) fired three consecutive rounds in the 60s to capture the Mizuno Classic in Japan for her second victory of the year. Shin, the top-ranked player on the Korea LPGA, finished at 15-under 201. The 20-year-old also became the youngest winner of the Mizuno Classic, which dates back to 1976 as an official event. Earlier this year, Shin won the Women's British Open. She was the first non-LPGA Tour member to win a major championship since the 1987 U.S. Women's Open.
The win was the 15th for Titleist players on the 2008 LPGA Tour, more than any other competitor. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Mizuno Classic with 43 players, compared to 13 for the nearest competitor.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: The Top 25 on the final Nationwide Tour Money List following last weekend’s Nationwide Tour Championship earned their 2009 PGA Tour cards. Nineteen are Titleist golf ball loyalists, including nine who are full-line Titleist Brand Ambassadors, relying upon Titleist equipment from tee-to-green through the bag.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors and their positions on the final money list include: Brendon de Jonge (2nd), Jarrod Lyle (4th), Colt Knost (6th), Darron Stiles (7th), Greg Chalmers (8th), Aron Price (18th), Marc Leishman (T19), Bryce Molder (23rd) and Matt Weibring (24th). The ten additional golf ball loyalists who rely upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success include: Jeff Klauk (3rd), Bill Lunde (5th), Scott Piercy (9th), Greg Owen (10th), Peter Tomasulo (11th), Rick Price (12th), David Mathis (14th), D.A. Points (16th), Arjun Atwal (17th) and Spencer Levin (22nd).
Titleist was the overwhelming most played golf ball at the Nationwide Tour Championship with 47 players, or 80 percent of the field. That’s more than 11 times the nearest competitor with four players. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (23), wedge (59) and putter (24) categories.
JAPAN: SK Ho (Pro V1x) became the first winner of The Championship by Lexus after carding a final round 1-under 70 for a five-stroke victory at the inaugural event. The Korean led the tournament from the second round on, finishing at 15-under 269. Titleist was the most played golf ball at event with 40 players, compared to 17 for the nearest competitor.
SOUTH AFRICA: TC Charamba celebrated his second career victory by edging out two players, including fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Nic Henning, in a four-hole playoff at the MTC Nambia PGA Championship. Charamba, who fired a final round 66 to force the playoff at 14-under, birdied the fourth extra hole to claim the title. Titleist Brand Ambassador Henk Alberts was among two players one-shot back. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 83 players, compared to 21 for the nearest competitor.
AUSTRALASIAN: It was a Titleist 1-2-3 finish at the Celebrations NSW PGA Championship as Tim Wood (Pro V1x) earned his maiden Von Nida Tour title, finishing with a winning score of 16-under. He was one shot clear of last week's winner and Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Long (Pro V1x) and Peter Senior (Pro V1). Seven of the top 10 finishers made Titleist their ball of choice. This week's field included 110 Titleist golf ball loyalists (76%), including 7 of the top 10 finishers.
KOREAN: HoSung Choi (Pro V1, 907D2 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 585.H utility metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges) won the SBS Hana Tour Championship following an all-Titleist Brand Ambassador playoff with 21-year old DaeHyun Kim (Pro V1, 907D1 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid metal, 695MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback putter). Kim fired a final round 66 to erase Choi's four shot overnight lead. Choi secured the title with a birdie on the second extra hole. Eight of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Titleist was the most played golf ball at the SBS Hana Tour Championship with 30 players (75%), compared to three for the nearest competitor.
WORLDWIDE WINS: Five Titleist golf ball players won across the worldwide professional tours this week, advancing Titleist’s year-to-date win count to 164, more than five times the nearest competitor with 31.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive round-by-round interviews with Titleist players from every PGA TOUR event, including Davis Love III following his win at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at: http://www.titleist.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1
Contact: Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211)
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