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Vijay Rallies to Capture HP Classic of New Orleans for Second Consecutive Monday Victory.

Vijay Singh Wins
Shell Houston Open

Fairhaven, MA (May 3, 2004) – Mother Nature wreaked havoc across the worldwide professional tours this week, forcing Monday finishes on the PGA and PGA European Tours and delays at several other events. She could not stop the continued momentum of Titleist’s golf ball success in 2004, however, as the Pro V1 or Pro V1x was the choice of five different champions this week.

PGA TOUR: Vijay Singh posted one of the most memorable comebacks in PGA Tour history, firing a final round 9-under par 63 to capture the HP Classic of New Orleans by one stroke over Titleist ambassador Phil Mickelson and overnight leader Joe Ogilvie. Singh was 7-under over the final nine holes, including a birdie on the 72nd when he converted what proved to be the tournament-winning 27-foot putt.

The HP Classic and last week’s Shell Houston Open marked the first time in PGA Tour history that consecutive Monday finishes were necessary due to inclement weather - and Singh captured both events. Singh, who also won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, becomes the first three-time winner on the 2004 PGA Tour. It marked the 18th career victory on the PGA Tour for Singh and his seventh top 10 finish this year.

Mickelson was playing in his first event since his victory at the Masters last month, while Ogilvie was seeking his first PGA Tour title. Singh and Ogilvie rely upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. Mickelson chooses the Pro V1. Titleist players have won 13 of the first 18 events this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2.

PGA European Tour: Graeme McDowell edged fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Thomas Levet on the fourth playoff hole of the Telecom Italia Open for his second career PGA European Tour title. McDowell and Levet shot matching 7-under par 65s in the third and final round to finish tied at 19-under par. The event was reduced to 54 holes due to weather disruptions throughout the week. Gregory Havret, who also fired a final round 65 to finish one shot shy of the playoff, gave Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players a 1-2-3 finish. McDowell’s victory is the 7th for Titleist players on the PGA European Tour, more than double the nearest competitor with 3.

LPGA Tour: The winner of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to fire a final round 7-under par 65 for her first career victory on the LPGA Tour. Her 14-under 274 total edged four players by one stroke including Rosie Jones (Pro V1), Jung Yeon Lee (Pro V1x) and Becky Morgan (Pro V1). One hundred players in the field teed up Titleist, including 4 of the top 5 finishers.

Nationwide Tour: Ryuji Imada relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball to claim his second career Nationwide Tour title in a playoff at the rain-soaked BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. Both players finished at 17-under 270 setting up the Tour's first playoff of the season. Imada won with a birdie on the fifth playoff hole.

Asian Davidoff Tour: Rookie Rahil Gangjee also played the Pro V1x en route to his first career Asian Tour victory, winning in a playoff at the Volkswagen Masters - China. Gangjee fired a 68-65 on the weekend and finished at 15-under 273. Gangjee won with a par on the first playoff hole.

Direct from the Tour: To view exclusive interviews following every round of every PGA Tour event, including HP Classic of New Orleans winner Vijay Singh, visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.

Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO). Titleist, Cobra, FootJoy, Pro V1 and Pro V1x are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company. For more information, please visit us online at www.titleist.com, or contact Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211).


Titleist, Cobra, FootJoy, Pro V1, Pro V1x, are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO). For more information, please visit us online at www.titleist.com, or contact Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211).

 

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