#1 Victory with #1 Ball in Golf.Chad Campbell Captures First Career Victory at TOUR Championship with Titleist Pro V1x.
Fairhaven, MA (November 10, 2003) - The Champions Golf Club in Houston proved to be a fitting venue for the season-ending TOUR Championship, where a week of firsts culminated in a three-stroke victory for Texan Chad Campbell. Trusting the superior performance of the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Campbell fired a career-best, and course and tournament 18-hole record-setting 10-under par 61 in the third round en route to becoming the first player to make the TOUR Championship his first PGA Tour title. His round of 61 included nine birdies, one eagle and one bogey, while his 16-under par 268 total was one stroke shy of tying the tournament record set by Phil Mickelson in 2000. Campbell topped a leaderboard that featured nine Titleist players among the top 10 finishers and ties:
Campbell's victory marks the 34th for Titleist on the 2003 PGA Tour, nearly five times more than the nearest competitor with 7. In combination with Arjun Atwal's win this week on the Asian PGA Tour, Titleist players have recorded 141 wins across the worldwide professional tours this year, more than all other golf balls combined:
HAVING A BALL: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice among the TOUR Championship field that consisted of the top 31 money leaders on the 2003 PGA Tour. With 23 players, over 74 percent of the field trusted their games to Titleist, compared to 3 players for the nearest competitor.
LUCKY 7: Campbell becomes the seventh first-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2003 and Titleist is the golf ball choice of all seven champions. Campbell (Pro V1x) joins Ben Crane (BellSouth/Pro V1x), Steve Flesch (HP Classic/Pro V1), Jonathan Kaye (Buick Classic/Pro V1x) and Titleist ambassador Adam Scott (Deutsche Bank Championship/Pro V1x), as well as major champions Ben Curtis (British Open/Pro V1x) and Shaun Micheel (PGA Championship/Pro V1) in the first-time winners' circle.
NO HANGING CHADS IN HOUSTON: Chad Campbell left no doubt about his ability following his outstanding and consistent performance this week and this year on the PGA Tour. Some quick facts:
$INGH WINS MONEY TITLE: Vijay Singh, who relies upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for his success, captured the 2003 PGA Tour money title with $7,573,907, the second-highest total in the history of the TOUR. With a T5 finish at the TOUR Championship, he also recorded his PGA Tour-leading 18th top-10 finish in 27 events. The 18 top-10s are the most in a season since Tom Kite posted top-10s in 21 of 26 events in 1981.
ZACH JOHNSON NAMED NATIONWIDE P.O.Y.: Zach Johnson, who began the season with only conditional status, was named the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year on Sunday in a vote of his peers on that Tour. Johnson won twice this year, the Rheem Classic and Envirocare Utah Classic, and finished No. 1 on the money list with a Tour-record $494,882. Eleven of the last 13 winners of the award are current members of the PGA TOUR, including 2001 recipient and this week's TOUR Championship victor, Chad Campbell. Like Campbell, Johnson relies upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, and carries the Titleist Titanium 983K driver (8.5), Titleist DCI 990 irons (3-9) and Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges.
MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Arjun Atwal became the first player to surpass the million-dollar mark in career earnings on the Asian PGA Tour when he fired a closing round of one-under par to win the Hero Honda Masters. Atwal relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to finish at 7-under 281, one stroke better than three competitors. The victory virtually seals the Asian Order of Merit for Atwal who won the Carlsberg Malaysian Open earlier this year.
LIGHTS, ACTION, CAMERON!: For the 29th time this year, a Scotty Cameron by Titleist was played by the champion of a PGA Tour event. At the TOUR Championship, the winner relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Mid Slant model and finished T2 in putting average (1.724) and T6 in putts per round (29.5). Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter momentum began right from the start of the PGA Tour season with the first 13 champions entering the winners' circle with a Cameron model. The momentum continued with major victories at the Masters and British Open, culminating with this week's TOUR Championship title.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive post-tournament interviews from the TOUR Championship with first-time winner Chad Campbell, as well as 2003 PGA Tour money winner Vijay Singh, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.
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