-PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE. WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT.Tway and Els Follow Scott and Westwood with Victories on PGA, PGA European Tours.
Fairhaven, MA (September 8, 2003) – Performance counts. And week in and week out, more players count on Titleist to perform their best. This week, Bob Tway relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball to earn his eighth career title edging Pro V1 loyalist Brad Faxon in a playoff at the Bell Canadian Open for another 1-2-3 finish for Titleist. Meanwhile, Ernie Els also trusted the Pro V1x to fire a final round 65 in a come-from-behind win at the Omega European Masters for his sixth victory of 2003. Last week, Adam Scott celebrated his first PGA Tour victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship while Lee Westwood made a back nine charge to win the BMW International Open. Different champions, different performances, different venues around the world. In the end, the results were remarkably the same.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 7, 2003
PGA TOUR: Tway topped a list of 8 Titleist players who finished among the Top 10 at the Bell Canadian Open. Titleist players following Tway (Pro V1x) and Faxon (Pro V1) on the leaderboard included Tom Pernice Jr. (3rd-Pro V1x), Player (T4-Pro V1x), Vijay Singh (T6-Pro V1x), Matt Gogel (T8-Pro V1), Loren Roberts (T8-Pro V1) and Mike Weir (10th-Pro V1).
In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Bob Tway also trusted the Titleist Titanium 983K driver in victory. Tway becomes the 15th player to win with a Titleist Titanium 983 on the PGA Tour this year, more than any other competitor. In fact, it was a Titleist Titanium 983K sweep at the Bell Canadian Open as runner-up Brad Faxon and third-place finisher Tom Pernice, Jr. each played one for their driving success. In addition to Tway’s win, Ernie Els and Zach Johnson played Titleist Titanium in victories on the PGA European and Nationwide tours this week.
Tway’s victory with the Pro V1x gives Titleist players 28 wins on the PGA Tour this year, compared to 6 for the nearest competitor. Tway is in his 19th season on the PGA Tour, and at the age of 44, becomes the eighth 40-something to win this year. The eight players have combined for 10 victories, six of whom relied upon Titleist for a total of eight victories. Tway joins the Reno-Tahoe champion, Peter Jacobsen (Greater Hartford Open), three-time winner Kenny Perry (Greater Milwaukee Open, Memorial, Colonial), Vijay Singh (Byron Nelson Classic) and Scott Hoch (Ford Championship) in Titleist’s over-40 winner’s circle.
Tway’s $756,000 winner’s check vaulted him over the $2 million mark for the season. Titleist players account for 11 of the Top 15 on the 2003 Money List.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Ernie Els added the Omega European Masters to his growing list of victories that now total six for the year, the most by a player across the major worldwide professional tours. He started the season with consecutive wins at the Mercedes Championships and Sony Open in Hawaii on the PGA Tour. That effort was followed by victories at the Heineken Classic, Johnnie Walker Classic and Barclays Scottish Open on the PGA European Tour. Els’ win marks the 18th for Titleist on the 2003 PGA European Tour, 10 more than the nearest competitor.
Els has relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment throughout the year. His bag includes a Titleist Titanium 983K (9.5) driver, Pro Trajectory 980F Strong (15.0) 3-wood, Forged 690MB irons (3-P), Forged 690 CH 2-iron, Vokey Design sand (52) and lob (59) wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 putter.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Gil Morgan relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball to earn his first Champions Tour victory of the year, edging out Titleist Pro V1 player Doug Tewell at the Kroger Classic. Morgan's wire-to-wire victory is Titleist's 16th of the Champions Tour season, four times more than the nearest competitor with 4.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Zach Johnson secured his second Nationwide Tour title of the year shooting weekend rounds of 65-65 to win the Envirocare Utah Classic by one stroke over Pro V1 player Bobby Gage. Johnson, who won the Rheem Classic earlier this year, played the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist Titanium 983K driver, Titleist DCI irons and Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges. The win marked Titleist's 18th golf ball victory on the 2003 Nationwide Tour, 9 times more than the nearest competitor with 2.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Todd Hamilton earned his fourth victory of the season and a five-year exemption on the JGTO Tour following his 3 & 2 victory over David Smail at the Japan PGA Matchplay Championship. Like the Canadian Open playoff, a Titleist player was the sure winner as Hamilton relies upon the Pro V1 golf ball, while Smail opts for the Pro V1x. Hamilton, who chipped in for birdie on the 34th hole of the 36-hole final, moved to the top of the Japan Tour's money list following the win.
TITLEIST WORLDWIDE: Five more wins this week increases Titleist’s year-to-date victory total to 114, more than four times the nearest competitor with 28, and more than all other golf balls combined.
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