BIRTHDAY PRESENCE. FLESCH CAPTURES COLONIAL WITH TITLEIST PRO V1.Five-Win Week Increases Titleist Victory Count Across Worldwide Professional Tours to 55.
Steve Flesch Wins the 2004 Colonial
Fairhaven, MA (May 24, 2004) – Steve Flesch gave himself a second career PGA Tour title for his 37th birthday on Sunday, winning the Bank of America Colonial by one stroke over fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Chad Campbell. The Texas shootout marked the 16th win for Titleist players through the first 21 events on the 2004 PGA Tour, 8 times more than the nearest competitor with 2. It also topped a 5-win week across the worldwide professional tours for Titleist which increased its 2004 win total to 55, more than all other golf balls combined. Tour highlights included:
PGA Tour: Flesch, who played the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, was the only player to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60s (66-69-67-67) at the Colonial, closing with matching 3-under par 67s on the weekend to finish 11-under 269. He became just the fifth winner this season to record all four rounds in the 60s, all of whom rely upon Titleist golf balls for their success. The others include: Ernie Els (Pro V1x/Sony Open in Hawaii), Phil Mickelson (Pro V1/Bob Hope Chrysler Classic), Jonathan Kaye (Pro V1x/FBR Open) and Vijay Singh (Pro V1/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).
Flesch, who won the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans for his first career victory, became the 7th player to collect wins in both 2003 and 2004, 6 of whom rely upon Titleist golf balls. The elite list of Titleist players to achieve the feat include: Ernie Els (Pro V1x), Mike Weir (Pro V1), Vijay Singh (Pro V1x), Adam Scott (Pro V1x) and Chad Campbell (Pro V1x).
Campbell tied a course record with a 9-under par 61 on Saturday for a share of the overnight lead. His 61 also is the second-lowest round on the 2004 PGA Tour, one shot shy of Titleist full-line staff player Robert Gamez’ 12-under 60 during round three of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
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Titleist ambassador Phil Mickelson (69.11) leads the 2004 PGA Tour in scoring average to date, followed by Pro V1x player Vijay Singh (69.25) and Titleist ambassador Ernie Els (69.43).
LPGA Tour: Sherri Steinhauer relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to fire a 12-under 272 for a two stroke victory at the Sybase Big Apple Classic. It marked the 6th career victory for Steinhauer, her first since winning the 1999 Women's British Open. Steinhauer also won the Big Apple Classic in a 5-hole playoff in 1999. Titleist leads the 2004 LPGA victory count with 4. With 108 players, three-quarters of the field teed up Titleist, compared to 24 for the nearest competitor.
Champions Tour: D.A. Weibring shot a final round even par 71 under difficult conditions to capture the Allianz Championship. It marked the second career Champions Tour victory for Weibring, who celebrated the win two days before his 51st birthday. He finished with a 9-under 204, three strokes better than runner-up and fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball player Tom Jenkins. The win is the 7th for Titleist players through the first 12 events on the 2004 Champions Tour, more than all other golf balls combined.
Nationwide Tour: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Daniel Chopra established a new Nationwide Tour scoring record with a 30-under par 258 to capture the Henrico County Open. It marked the second win in as many Nationwide Tour starts this season for Chopra, who also owns his PGA Tour card but didn’t make it into to the limited Colonial field. His record-setting performance of 65-63-65-65 was good for a four-stroke victory. It marks the 7th win through the first 9 events of the 2004 Nationwide Tour season for Titleist players, compared to 1 for the nearest competitor.
Asian Tour: Simon Yates played the Pro V1x to fire a final round 2-under 70 and capture the SK Telecom Open. Yates finished at 9-under 279 for the one-stroke win. Titleist players have won three events on this year’s Asian Tour.
Direct from the Tour: To view exclusive interviews following every round of every PGA Tour event visit, including this week’s Colonial champion Steve Flesch and runner-up Chad Campbell, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.
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