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Jonathan Byrd's First Career PGA Tour Victory Marks Titleist's 22nd Win on 2002 PGA Tour.



Fairhaven, MA (October 28, 2002) - Trusting his game to the Titleist Pro V1 Star, rookie Jonathan Byrd became the 17th first-time winner on the 2002 PGA Tour by capturing the Buick Challenge.  Shooting a scorching final round 9-under par 63, Byrd edged fellow Pro V1 loyalists David Toms and Phil Mickelson for another Titleist 1-2-3 finish.  Byrd posted 27 birdies and two eagles over the four rounds.  The victory stretched Titleist's commanding win total on the worldwide professional tours to 128, 70 more than the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.  Byrd's win also marked the 22nd for Titleist on this year's PGA Tour compared to 8 for the nearest competitor.


The result was similar on the PGA European Tour where Steen Tinning relied upon the Pro V1 to win the Telefonica Open de Madrid by one stroke over three players, including Titleist ambassadors Adam Scott and Andrew Coltart.  Tinning fired a final round 67 for his second career victory.  The win was the 21st for Titleist on the 2002 PGA European Tour, three times more than the nearest competitor with 7.


Patrick Moore relied upon the Pro V1 and a full bag of Titleist equipment en route to capturing the Tour Championship.  Moore earned an immediate ''battlefield promotion'' to the PGA Tour for winning three events in the same season.  Moore's $108,000 payday also vaulted him to the top of the final 2002 Tour money list with $381,965, ahead of Pro V1 Star player Arron Oberholser's $319,883.  Moore will play in the PGA Tour's Southern Farm Bureau Classic this week.


TITLEIST TOUR HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 27, 2002 SOLID SHORT GAME: In addition to relying upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, the Buick Challenge champion also trusted his spectacular short game to Vokey Design sand (58) and lob (60) wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Tour Pro Platinum putter.  The champion ranked among the top 10 in fewest bogeys (1st), eagles (2nd), birdies (t2nd), putts per GIR (4th) and putts per round (t9th).  Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters have been the choice of more champions on the 2002 PGA Tour than any other competitor with 18 and 20 wins, respectively.  The 20 Cameron putter victories are twice as many as the nearest competitor with 10.


MOORE TITLEIST ON BUY.COM TOUR: Patrick Moore triumphed at the Tour Championship playing the Pro Titanium 975JVS driver, DCI 762 irons (3-9), Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter.  The 28-event Tour schedule concluded with Titleist topping the victory count in golf ball (19, to 4 for nearest competitor), irons (9, to 5 for nearest competitor) and putters (18, to 5 for nearest competitor).  Titleist also finished with eight victories in the driver category.


MOVIN' ON UP: The top 15 players on the final Tour money list earned playing privileges on the 2003 PGA Tour.  Titleist Pro V1 players Patrick Moore, Arron Oberholser and Doug Barron finished 1-2-3 and were joined by six others who relied upon Titleist for their success this year, including Cliff Kresge (5th), Todd Fischer (7th), Darron Stiles (9th), Jason Buha (11th), Gavin Coles (13th) and Tag Ridings (14th).


TOUR-PROVEN:  When the top 30 PGA Tour money leaders tee it up at this week's Tour Championship, Titleist will be the choice of more players than all other golf balls combined, including four of the top five - Phil Mickelson (2nd), Ernie Els (3rd), David Toms (4th) and Vijay Singh (5th).


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