WEIR AND TITLEIST AT THE MASTERS. A PERFECT FIT.WEIR AND TITLEIST AT THE MASTERS. A PERFECT FIT.
Fairhaven, MA (April 14, 2003) - While millions watched in anticipation as the final round drama of The Masters unfolded, Mike Weir made history with a nearly flawless performance to capture his first major championship and third come-from-behind victory of the season. Trusting the New Titleist Pro V1 golf ball and a fearless putting stroke, Weir's 4-under par 68 secured a position in a playoff, which he won on the first extra hole.
"I made a number of putts that were just difficult,” said Weir in an exclusive post-tournament interview with www.titleist.com. “You're never going to have a straight putt at Augusta, really. You're always playing a little break. And that's what really won me the tournament. That's what I'll remember most about this week and this event - the way I putted.”
Weir topped the leaderboard at the year's first major that was packed with Titleist players who made up nine of the 12 golfers who finished among the top 10 and ties:
PLAYER FINISH GOLF BALL
MIKE WEIR CHAMPION TITLEIST PRO V1
Len Mattiace 2nd Other
PHIL MICKELSON 3rd TITLEIST PRO V1x
Jim Furyk 4th Other
JEFF MAGGERT 5th TITLEIST PRO V1
ERNIE ELS T6th TITLEIST PRO V1x
VIJAY SINGH T6th TITLEIST PRO V1x
MARK O’MEARA T8th TITLEIST PRO V1x
JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL T8th TITLEIST PRO V1
DAVID TOMS T8th TITLEIST PRO V1
SCOTT VERPLANK T8th TITLEIST PRO V1
Jonathan Byrd T8th Other
Titleist Winners’ Circle
The Titleist winners’ circle continues to grow as Weir becomes the 11th champion through the first 15 events on the 2003 PGA Tour to choose Titleist for his success – more than all other golf balls combined. He becomes the second three-time winner this year, also winning the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Nissan Open en route to earning the “King of (West Coast) Swing” crown. Other Titleist winners this year include Titleist ambassadors Ernie Els (Mercedes Championships, Sony Open) and Davis Love III (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The PLAYERS Championship), as well as Vijay Singh (Phoenix Open), Frank Lickliter (Chrysler Classic of Tucson), Scott Hoch (Ford Championship at Doral) and Ben Crane (BellSouth Classic). Weir’s victory also marks the 36th worldwide for Titleist this year, three times more than the nearest competitor with 12.
Weir in the World is Mike?
With the victory, Weir improved to No. 5 in the World Rankings, placing among several fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists who occupy positions 2 through 8. Weir follows World No. 2 Ernie Els (Pro V1x), No. 3 Phil Mickelson (Pro V1x) and No. 4 Davis Love III (Pro V1x), and is ahead of No. 6 Vijay Singh (Pro V1x), No. 7 David Toms (New Pro V1) and No. 8 Retief Goosen (Pro V1x). In addition, Weir secured the richest single winner’s check of his career - $1.080 million – and vaulted to the top of the 2003 PGA Tour Money List with over $3 million in official earnings already this year. Twelve of the top 15 players on the 2003 PGA Tour Money List trust the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls for their success.
Titleist Tops 2003 Equipment Leaderboard
In addition to relying upon the Pro V1 golf ball for his success, the Masters' champion also trusted his short game at the challenging Augusta National layout to Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport putter. Titleist continues to be the overwhelming tee-to-green choice of more champions across every equipment category on the 2003 PGA Tour through the first 15 events: Golf Balls (11), Drivers (6), Fairway Metals (9), Irons (6), Wedges (11), Putters (14) and Gloves (7).
PGA Tour Players Find Short Game Success with Vokey Design Wedges
For the fourth consecutive event and the 11th out of the last 12 tournaments on the 2003 PGA Tour, Titleist Vokey Design Wedges have been in the bags of the champions. That is nearly four times the nearest competitor with three. Among the most played wedges on the PGA Tour and wherever competitive golf is contested, the Vokey line is designed for serious golfers seeking classic-shaped wedges with a wide selection of profile, loft, and bounce choices. The new Vokey Black Nickel finish, along with the attractive Oil Can and classic Chrome models provide the serious golfer with an unmatched selection of performance and appearance options.
Cameron Putters Continue to Roll
For the third straight year, the winner of the green jacket relied upon a Cameron putter, this time in dramatic playoff fashion. Cameron putters reeled off 13 consecutive victories to start the 2003 PGA Tour campaign and now have been played to win 14 of the first 15 events. The Masters champion relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport model to earn his third victory of the year. Below is the list of PGA Tour champions and Cameron model they played in victory:
2003 PGA TOUR EVENT CHAMPION SCOTTY CAMERON BY TITLEIST PUTTER
Mercedes Championships Ernie Els Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2
Sony Open in Hawaii Ernie Els Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2
Phoenix Open Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Mid Sur
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Davis Love III Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport Beach
Buick Invitational Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2
Nissan Open Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport
WGC-Accenture Match Play Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2
Chrysler Classic of Tucson Frank Lickliter Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ford Championship at Doral Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura
Honda Classic Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport Beach
Bay Hill Invitational Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2
The PLAYERS Championship Davis Love III Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport Beach
The MASTERS Champion Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport
For more information on Titleist’s leadership success, equipment specifications, or to listen to Mike Weir’s post-tournament interview in its entirety, please visit us online at www.titleist.com. Please direct any questions or requests to Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211) at email@example.com.
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