ALL OVER THE LEADERBOARD. ALL OVER THE WORLD.Ernie Els and Vijay Singh Lead Four-Win Week for Titleist.
Ernie Els captured his 3rd consecutive Heineken Classic
Fairhaven, MA (February 9, 2004) – Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, two of the game's greatest players competing a world apart this week, had one thing in common, another victory with Titleist.
In Australia, Els edged fellow Titleist ambassador Adam Scott to capture his third consecutive Heineken Classic in record fashion. Playing at historic Royal Melbourne, Els went wire to wire in his victory that included a course-record 12-under par 60 in the opening round and a PGA European Tour record for the lowest 36-hole score following a second round 66. Els won the event with a tournament record-tying 20-under 268 total, one stroke better than Scott who surged from eight shots back entering the final round.
It marks the 49th career win for the globetrotting Els who already won the Sony Open in Hawaii, the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the year, in January. Both he and Scott rely upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist Titanium 983 drivers, Titleist Pro Trajectory fairway metals, Titleist Forged irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters. Titleist golf ball players have won 3 of the first 5 events on the 2004 PGA European Tour. The Heineken Classic was co-sanctioned by the Australasian PGA Tour.
It's now 12 consecutive top-10 finishes for Vijay Singh including this week's win.
At the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Vijay Singh continued his, and Titleist's, torrid pace on the PGA Tour with a three-stroke margin of victory. Singh, who relies upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for his success, fired a final round 3-under par 69 for his first win of the year. He extended his streak of 12 consecutive PGA Tour events in which he has finished in the Top 10 dating back to last year’s NEC Invitational. To put an exclamation point on Singh’s scorching success is the fact that he has finished tied for sixth or better in all but one of those 12 events, and has shot par or better in 45 of his last 48 rounds. The win also marked the 16th career PGA Tour title for Singh and his 38th worldwide.
Singh is the fourth consecutive Titleist golf ball loyalist to enter the 2004 PGA Tour winners' circle, following Jonathan Kaye (FBR Open/Pro V1x), Phil Mickelson (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic/Pro V1) and Ernie Els (Sony Open/Pro V1x). He also topped a leaderboard that featured all Titleist players among the Top 9 finishers.
Below is a list of Titleist players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am:
|VIJAY SINGH||CHAMPION||PRO V1X|
|JEFF MAGGERT||2nd||PRO V1|
|PHIL MICKELSON||3rd||PRO V1|
|K.J. CHOI||T4||PRO V1X|
|ARRON OBERHOLSER||T4||PRO V1X|
|MIKE WEIR||T4||PRO V1|
|MARK HENSBY||T7||PRO V1|
|TOM PERNICE, JR.||T7||PRO V1X|
|KENT JONES||T10||PRO V1|
|COREY PAVIN||T10||PRO V1|
Full-line Titleist staff player Arron Oberholser had a career-best finish at Pebble Beach.
Other Worldwide Tours: Jimmy Walker fired a final round 1-under par 69 to claim his first career Nationwide Tour title with a five stroke victory at the season-opening BellSouth Panama Championship. Walker and fellow Pro V1x players Tom Scherrer and Ryan Armour were the only three competitors to finish under par for the week. On the Southern Africa Tour, Andrew McLardy relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to coast to a three-stroke win at the Nashua Masters. McLardy carded a final-round, 3-under 67 to finish the event at 16-under-par 264. Four more wins this week increase Titleist’s worldwide victory total for golf balls to 11, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 2.
PERSONAL BESTS: Titleist Pro V1 player Mark Hensby fired a final round 2-under-par 70 to move into a 7th-place tie at Pebble Beach, his career-best finish on the PGA Tour. Full-line Titleist staff player Arron Oberholser matched his career-best finish with a T4 at Pebble Beach.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view Titleist’s weekly photo gallery and to see exclusive post-round interviews from the PGA Tour, including AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champion Vijay Singh, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.
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