The Power of LoveDavis Love III Captures Prestigious Players Championship Trusting Titleist from Tee-to-Green
Fairhaven, MA (March 31, 2003) - Calling it "the best round of golf I've ever played," Davis Love III weathered wind and rain at TPC Sawgrass to capture his second Players Championship and his 16th career PGA Tour title. Love's spectacular performance included a record-tying final round 8-under-par 64 that featured six birdies and an eagle en route to a six-stroke victory.
It marked the second win of the year for Love who relies upon the new Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success. He becomes the ninth player through the first 13 events on the 2003 PGA Tour to choose Titleist golf balls in victory - three times more than the nearest competitor and more than twice as many as all other balls combined. In addition to Love's winning performance with the Pro V1x, Titleist was the choice of 7 of the top 10 finishers at TPC, including Jay Haas (New Pro V1) who tied for second place with another Pro V1x player.
Love's equipment includes the new Titleist Titanium 983E driver (7.5), PT fairway metal (13.0), Forged 680 irons (2-9), Vokey Design pitching wedge (50) and DL Forged sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport Beach putter. Love finished among the top 10 at TPC in several key statistical categories including Birdies (1st - 22), Driving Distance (2nd - 293.4 yards), Putts Per GIR (3rd - 1.647), Putts Per Round (T5th - 27.3) and GIR (10th - 70.8%).
Through the first 13 events on the 2003 PGA Tour, one thing is overwhelmingly consistent and clear, Titleist is the tee-to-green choice of more champions than any other competitor across every major equipment category. From golf balls (9), to drivers (5) and fairway metals (8), to irons (5), wedges (9), putters (13) and gloves (6), Titleist tops the equipment leaderboard in PGA Tour victories year-to-date.
Titleist is also the choice of Patricia Meunier-Lebouc who played the new Titleist Pro V1 to capture her first LPGA major championship at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The one-stroke victory was the second of Meunier-Lebouc's LPGA Tour career and the second for Titleist through the first three events this season.
Brett Wetterich captured the Nationwide Tour's Louisiana Open by three strokes over fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Ken Duke. Wetterich finished with a tournament record-tying 24-under par 264, which included a 10-under par 62 first round performance. It was his first career win on the Nationwide Tour.
WORLDWIDE WINS: Three more victories this week increase Titleist's year-to-date victory total on the worldwide professional tours to 33, more than three times the nearest competitor with 10, and more than all other balls combined.
CAMERON PUTTERS CONTINUE ROLL: Love's victory improved the winning streak of Scotty Cameron putters to 13 straight on the 2003 PGA Tour. The streak expands to 16 consecutive when counting victories at the last three events of 2002. Love, who relies upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport Beach model, did not three-putt a green en route to his victory at The Players Championship ... While Cameron loyalists continue to win week in and week out on the PGA Tour, the winner of this week's Nationwide Tour event relied upon a Cameron Studio Design No. 2 model en route to a record-tying 24-under par performance. The win is the second through the first three Nationwide Tour events of the season for Cameron players.
MOVIN' ON UP: Following his victory, Davis Love III moved to No. 3 in the Official World Rankings, sandwiched between fellow Titleist ambassadors Ernie Els (No. 2) and Phil Mickelson (No. 4). In fact, 8 of the top 10 players in the World Rankings rely upon Titleist golf balls for their success. In addition to Els (Pro V1x), Love (Pro V1x) and Mickelson (Pro V1x), No. 5 David Toms (New Pro V1), No. 6 Vijay Singh (Pro V1x), No. 7 Retief Goosen (Pro V1x), No. 8 Player (Pro V1x) and No. 9 Mike Weir (New Pro V1) all choose Titleist.
AGAIN AND AGAIN: Love, who also won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earlier this year, becomes the fourth player to capture multiple events on the 2003 PGA TOUR. He joins fellow Titleist ambassador Ernie Els (Mercedes Championships, Sony Open) and New Pro V1 loyalist Mike Weir (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Open) as two-time visitors to this year's winners' circle. Vijay Singh (Phoenix Open - Pro V1x), Frank Lickliter (Chrysler Classic of Tucson - New Pro V1) and Scott Hoch (Ford Championship at Doral - Pro V1x) have also relied upon Titleist in victory on the PGA Tour this year.
STREAKING BIRDIES: Love recorded five consecutive birdies twice during The Players Championship, first on holes 2 through 6 on Friday, followed by holes 8 through 12 on Sunday. He was one birdie shy of the tournament record of six held by five players, most recently accomplished in 1996.
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