PERFORMANCE. LIKE YOU DREAM ABOUT.Hamilton, Stupples Capture First Career Victories on PGA, LPGA Tours.
2004 Honda Classic Champion
Fairhaven, MA (March 15, 2004) - For 17 years, Todd Hamilton dreamed of competing on the PGA Tour. His perseverance was rewarded at the Honda Classic when he captured his first career PGA Tour title. Trusting his performance to the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, Hamilton finished birdie-birdie to top Titleist ambassador Davis Love III by one stroke. "This is a dream come true," said Hamilton, a 38-year old PGA Tour rookie who played on the Japan Golf Tour for the past 12 years and is coming off a four-win season in the Far East. He shot a final round 2-over 74 and finished at 12-under 274. Brian Bateman (Pro V1x) gave Titleist players a 1-2-3 sweep by placing solo third for his first-career top 10 finish on the PGA TOUR.
Titleist players accounted for 9 of the 12 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties. Kevin Na (Pro V1x), the youngest player on the PGA TOUR at 20 years old, tied for fourth with Fredrik Jacobson (Pro V1x) and Woody Austin (Pro V1x). Brad Faxon (Pro V1) finished 8th, while Chad Campbell (Pro V1x) and Tommy Armour III (Pro V1x) were among four players who tied for 9th.
Hamilton's win marks the 7th for Titleist players through the first 11 PGA Tour events of the season, compared to 1 for the nearest competitor. He led a five-tour worldwide sweep by Titleist players this week. Additional wins by Gil Morgan (Champions Tour), Karen Stupples (LPGA), Joakim Haeggman (PGA European Tour) and Michael Kirk (Sunshine Tour), increased Titleist's 2004 victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 24, four times more than the nearest competitor with 6.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 14, 2004
PGA TOUR: Hamilton becomes the second first-time winner of 2004, joining Titleist Pro V1x player Heath Slocum (Chrysler Classic of Tucson). He is the first rookie to win since Titleist brand ambassador Adam Scott was victorious at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship. Prior to this year, Hamilton had never played in more than three events on the PGA TOUR, with his previous best finish being a T29 at the 2003 PGA Championship. He is not a stranger to the winners’ circle however. The win at the Honda Classic is his 12th career international professional victory, which includes six wins on the Japan Golf Tour and five titles on the Asian Tour.
LPGA Welch's/Fry's Champion
LPGA TOUR: “This is something that, as a golfer, you dream of happening,” said Karen Stupples, following her first career victory at the season-opening LPGA Welch’s/Fry’s Championship. “But for me, I was never sure I could do it.” Stupples’ record performance included a scorching 7-under par 63 final round to win by five shots. A Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist, she broke the record for the lowest 72-hole raw score in LPGA history with a 22-under par 258 (63-66-66-63) by one stroke.
Jung Yeon Lee, another Titleist Pro V1x player, matched the 18-hole tournament record with a 60 in the opening round andfinished in a tied for second place.
SBC Classic Champion
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist players posted another 1-2-3 finish on the Champions Tour as Gil Morgan (Pro V1x) fired a 14-under par 202 to capture his third SBC Classic, this time by two strokes over Larry Nelson (Pro V1x) and three strokes over Titleist brand ambassador Peter Jacobsen (Pro V1). Jacobsen was making his first career performance on the Champions Tour. It marked the 23rd career victory for Morgan who has won at least one event in each of his nine years on the Champions Tour. Morgan fired a final round 3-under 69 to extend his par or better streak to 15 consecutive rounds in 2004. The win was Morgan’s fifth consecutive top 10 finish through the first five events of the season.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Joakim Haeggman fired a final-round 7-under 65 to win the Qatar Masters in come-from-behind fashion. It marked the third career victory on the PGA European Tour for Haeggman who relied upon a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball for his success. Haeggman started the final round two shots behind the leaders.
SOUTHERN AFRICA TOUR: Michael Kirk (Pro V1x) claimed a three-stroke victory at the Sunshine Tour’s Stanbic Zambia Open, firing a final round bogey-free 5-under par 68 on the par-73 course. It was the first professional victory for Kirk who finished at 18-under 274.
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