PERRY, ELS AND PRO V1 PREP FOR BRITISH OPEN WITH WEEKEND WINSFour-Win Week for Pro V1 Increases Titleist's 2003 Wordwide Win Total to 80
Fairhaven, MA (July 15, 2003) – As many of the world’s top players prepare for the year’s third major, Kenny Perry and Ernie Els enter the Open Championship with the unmatched momentum of owning the latest victories on the U.S. PGA and PGA European Tours. Adding to their multiple wins this season, Perry rallied with birdies on three of the last four holes to earn a one-stroke victory at the Greater Milwaukee Open while Els captured the Scottish Open in wire-to-wire fashion, each trusting the New Titleist Pro V1x for their success. With additional victories on the Nationwide and Canadian Tours, Titleist has been the choice of 80 champions across the worldwide professional tours this season, 55 more wins than the nearest competitor’s 25.
PGA TOUR: The GMO victory marked Perry’s third in his last four starts, including the Colonial and the Memorial. His only non-win during that stretch was an impressive third place finish at the U.S. Open. The GMO win was the seventh of Perry’s career, and the 20th for Titleist through the first 28 events this year, four times more than the nearest competitor with 5.
Firing four consecutive rounds in the 60’s en route to his 12-under par 268, Perry topped a leaderboard at the GMO that included six Titleist players who finished among the Top 5 and ties. He was followed by Heath Slocum (T2-Pro V1x), Brett Quigley (4th-Pro V1x), Chris Smith (T5-Pro V1x), Billy Mayfair (T5-Pro V1x) and Brenden Pappas (T5-Pro V1x).
Perry becomes the fourth player to win three times or more on the 2003 PGA Tour, joining fellow Titleist loyalists Mike Weir (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Open, The Masters/New Pro V1) and Davis Love III (AT&T Pebble Beach, The Players Championship, Heritage/New Pro V1x). Additional multiple winners include: Ernie Els (Mercedes Championships, Sony Open in Hawaii/New Pro V1x), Vijay Singh (Phoenix Open, Byron Nelson Classic/New Pro V1x) and David Toms (Wachovia Championship, FedEx St. Jude Classic/New Pro V1x).
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Ernie Els began the day with a five shot lead and closed the day with a five shot margin of victory in his wire-to-wire win at the Scottish Open. The victory marks Els’ fifth of the year, including his third on 2003 PGA European Tour (Heineken Classic, Johnnie Walker Classic). His win marks the 13th for Titleist this year on the PGA European Tour, more than all other balls combined.
In addition to his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball choice, Els also relies upon a full bag of Titleist golf clubs for his success, including the Titleist Titanium 983K driver, 980F Strong 3-wood, Forged 690.MB irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 putter.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x player Joe Ogilvie joined Perry and Els in the multiple-winners’ circle this week. Ogilvie, who captured the season-opening Jacob’s Creek Open in Australia earlier this year, fired a final round 1-under par to win the Reese's Cup Classic by three strokes. Ogilvie’s win is Titleist's 11th on the 2003 Nationwide Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor.
The Reese’s Cup Classic champion also trusts his short game success to Titleist, relying upon Vokey Design wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype putter.
CANADIAN PGA TOUR: For the fifth time through the first six events this season, Titleist has been the champion’s golf ball of choice on the Canadian PGA Tour. Jon Mills' even par-final round held off all pursuers en route to a three-stroke margin of victory at the MTS Classic.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view an exclusive post-tournament interview with Greater Milwaukee Open winner Kenny Perry, as well as runner-up Heath Slocum, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com. Please direct any other questions or requests to Joe Gomes, Director of Communications at 508.979.3211 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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