STRONG TO THE FINISH.Victories by Campbell and Purtzer Grow Titleist's Worldwide Win Total to 26.
2004 Bay Hill Invitational Champion
Fairhaven, MA (March 22, 2004) – Chad Campbell became a household name on the 2003 PGA Tour when he was in the final pairing at the PGA Championship. He capped off his stellar campaign when he captured the season-ending Tour Championship. Just nine events removed from his first career crown, Campbell earned his second title with a Sunday charge that the Bay Hill Invitational had
n't seen in 20 years. Trailing by four strokes entering the final round, he fired a 6-under par 66 to win by six shots. Campbell, who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball for his success, topped a leaderboard that included 4 Titleist players among the top 5 finishers, including Adam Scott (Pro V1x) and Scott Verplank (Pro V1) who tied for third, and Jerry Kelly (Pro V1) who was a solo fifth.
Campbell becomes the eighth different Titleist player to enter the 2004 winner's circle on the PGA Tour. He joins Todd Hamilton (Pro V1/Honda Classic), Heath Slocum (Pro V1x/Chrysler Classic of Tucson), Mike Weir (Pro V1/Nissan Open), Vijay Singh (Pro V1x/AT&T Pebble Beach), Jonathan Kaye (Pro V1x/FBR Open), Phil Mickelson (Pro V1/Bob Hope) and Ernie Els (Pro V1x/Sony Open).
Titleist Pro V1x success continued on the Champions Tour where Tom Purtzer collected his second career win with a one-stroke victory at the Toshiba Senior Classic. Purtzer tied a Champions Tour record by firing an 11-under 60 in the first round. He closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 15-under 198. Purtzer became the seventh different winner on the 2004 Champions Tour, the last three whom rely on Titleist, including Gil Morgan (SBC Classic/Pro V1x) and Ed Fiori (MasterCard Classic/Pro V1x).
Morgan ran his streak of par or better rounds to start the season to 18 straight with a 71-68-66-205 performance. His 12th place finish at the Toshiba Senior Classic snapped his consecutive Top 10 streak at five.
2004 Toshiba Senior Classic Champion
TITLEIST TOUR HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 21, 2004
A total of 328 players teed up a Titleist across the PGA, PGA European, LPGA and Champions Tours this week, more than three times the nearest competitor with 98, and more than all other golf balls combined.
Campbell’s come-from-behind victory was the largest at Bay Hill since 1984 when the winner rallied from six strokes back of the third-round leader and won in a playoff. His win also was just the second come-from-behind victory on TOUR this season. Ernie Els (Pro V1x) overcame a 1-stroke deficit to Harrison Frazar (Pro V1x) on the final day of the Sony Open in Hawaii and topped Frazar in a playoff.
The win marked Campbell’s third consecutive top-10, following T9s at the WGC-Accenture Match Play and The Honda Classic. With a 66-68-70-66 performance at Bay Hill, Campbell extended his PGA TOUR-leading streak of consecutive rounds or better to 12. Campbell’s six-stroke victory is largest of the season and largest on TOUR since Tommy Armour's (Pro V1x) seven-stroke win at the 2003 Valero Texas Open.
The key to the Bay Hill Invitational champion’s victory this week? Putting perhaps. The Bay Hill winner, trusting a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Mid-Slant putter, finished first in putting with an average of 25.75 putts per round. He also led the field with the fewest bogeys (four) and tied for most birdies with 22. It is the Tour-leading fifth event in which the winner has wielded a Cameron putter.
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