TAKE FIVE.Davis Love III Trusts Titleist Tee-to-Green to Capture Fifth Career MCI Heritage Classic. Titleist Pro V1 Sweeps Worldwide Professional Tours with 5-Win Week.
Fairhaven, MA (April 21, 2003) – Saving his best for last, Davis Love III relied upon every club in his bag full of Titleist equipment for a thrilling come-from-behind playoff victory at the MCI Heritage. Love’s dramatic chip-in on the 72nd hole forced a playoff with fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Woody Austin. On the fourth playoff hole, Love hit the pin with a six-iron and converted a three-foot birdie putt for his third title of the year. For Love, it marked his 17th career PGA Tour victory and fifth career Heritage crown (1987, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2003). For Titleist, it was one of five worldwide wins this week, including the PGA European (Pro V1), Champions (Pro V1), LPGA (Pro V1x) and Nationwide (Pro V1) tours, increasing Titleist's year-to-date win count to 41 - more than three times the nearest competitor with 12, and more than all other golf balls combined.
Davis Love III became the third player to capture three titles through the first 16 events on the 2003 PGA TOUR, winning once each in the months of February (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), March (The PLAYERS Championship) and now April (MCI Heritage). New Titleist Pro V1 player Mike Weir (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Open and Masters Tournament) is among the other two three-time winners this year.
In addition to relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball for his success, all 14 of Love’s clubs were Titleist branded, increasing Titleist’s overwhelming tee-to-green victory advantage across every equipment category on the 2003 PGA Tour. Through the year’s first 16 events, Titleist has been the choice of more champions in the golf ball (12), driver (7), fairway metal (10), iron (7), wedge (12), putter (15) and glove (7) categories.
So what is in Love’s bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. All 14 of Love’s clubs were Titleist branded: Titleist Titanium 983E driver (7.5), Titleist PT fairway (13.0), Titleist Forged 680 irons (2-9), Vokey Design pitching wedge (50), DL Forged sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Beach putter.
Love topped a leaderboard that included four Titleist players among the six golfers who finished in the top five and ties. Following Love (Pro V1x) and Austin (Pro V1x) were David Gossett (Pro V1x) and Chris Riley (Pro V1) who tied for third with two other players.
The playoff at the MCI Heritage was the fifth of the 2003 season. All five champions chose Titleist as their golf ball choice in victory. In addition to Love’s achievement, the four others include: Ernie Els (Sony Open in Hawaii/Pro V1x), Mike Weir (Nissan Open, The Masters/Pro V1), and Scott Hoch (Ford Championship at Doral/Pro V1x).
Love’s $810,000 winner’s check improves his 2003 PGA TOUR earnings to $3,685,645 and moves him to the No. 1 position on the money list. He has already won more money this year than he has ever won in a single season during his illustrious career. Love isn’t the only Titleist player cashing in in 2003. Seven of the top 10 players, 12 of the top 15, and 15 of the top 20 on the Official Money List also play Titleist.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Fredrik Jacobson secured his 2nd PGA European Tour title of his career and of the season by making eagle on the 71st hole to capture the Algarve Open de Portugal. Jacobson's victory is Titleist's 7th on the 2003 PGA European Tour. Jacobson had just returned to action after a wrist injury set him back nearly 11 weeks ago. His previous victory came at the Hong Kong Open, the second event of the season. Jacobson and Titleist ambassador Ernie Els are the only two players to win twice on the 2003 PGA European Tour.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: At the Emerald Coast Classic, Bob Gilder (Pro V1) fired a final round 7-under par 63 to win his first event of the 2003 season by four shots over runners-up Larry Nelson (Pro V1x), Leonard Thompson (Pro V1x) and Vicente Fernandez (Pro V1). Titleist players swept the top 11 places with Tom Purtzer (Pro V1x) and Dana Quigley (Pro V1) tied for 5th, Graham Marsh (Pro V1x) and Bobby Wadkins (Pro V1) tied for 7th, Gil Morgan (Pro V1x) finishing 9th, and Bobby Walzel (Pro V1x) and Mike Smith (Pro V1x) tied for 10th. Gilder’s 17-under par 193 total shattered the previous tournament record by four strokes. He becomes the seventh different Titleist player to win on the 2003 Champions Tour through the first eight events of the season. Nearly 70 percent of the field trusted Titleist, with 56 of the 81 players in the field relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls.
LPGA TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x player Candie Kung captured her first career LPGA Tour title at the Takefuji Classic by a two stroke margin of victory. A second year player, Kung becomes the third LPGA champion through the first six events of the year to place her trust in Titleist golf balls.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Ted Purdy won his first Nationwide event at The First Tee Arkansas Classic defeating Titleist Pro V1 player Chris Tidland on the third hole of sudden death. Purdy's victory marks the 4th straight for Titleist golf balls on the 2003 Nationwide Tour.
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