GOOSEN FOLLOWS U.S. OPEN VICTORY WITH WIN AT EUROPEAN OPEN.Relies Upon Titleist Pro V1x for 2nd Win in Two Consecutive Starts.
Wins Smurfit European Open
Fairhaven, MA (July 5, 2004) – Following up his momentous victory at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Retief Goosen fired a final round 4-under 68 to coast to a 5-stroke win at the Smurfit European Open on the PGA European Tour. Goosen finished at 13-under 275 to capture his first event in his first start since winning the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. The win marked the 11th career PGA European Tour title and 21st worldwide for Goosen, who moves to the top of this year's Order of Merit. Titleist players have won 12 events on the 2004 PGA European Tour, three times more than the nearest competitor with 4.
Titleist players also won on the Japan and Canadian Tours to advance Titleist’s victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 77, more than all other golf balls combined.
On the Japan Tour, Titleist loyalist S.K. Ho captured the Japan Golf Tour Championship on the second hole of a playoff. Ho fired a final round 3-under 68 to finish in a tie at 5-under 279. The major victory is the second in Japan this year for Ho who also captured the Japan PGA Championship in May. He has finished among the top 6 in 6 of the 9 events in which he has played in Japan this year. In addition to the Pro V1x, Ho relies upon the 983K driver, Pro Trajectory 980F 3- and 5-woods, Titleist Forged 690CB irons and Vokey Design wedges. The win is the 5th for Titleist players on the Japan Golf Tour this year, more than twice the nearest competitor with 2.
On the Canadian PGA Tour, Ryan Miller fired a bogey-free final round 5-under par 66, including birdies on the last two holes, to edge fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Eric Compton by one stroke at the Greater Vancouver Classic. It marked the 7th win for Titleist players through the first 9 events on the Canadian PGA Tour.
Nearly 75 percent (116 players) of the 156-player field relied upon Titleist golf balls at the U.S. Women’s Open, more than five times the nearest competitor with 22.
It was more of the same on the PGA Tour, where 112 players teed up Titleist, compared to 22 for the nearest competitor. Titleist Pro V1x player and Cialis Western Open runner-up Steve Lowery earned an exemption to the upcoming British Open when he converted an eight and a half foot putt on the 72nd hole. The exemption was awarded to the lowest finisher at the Cialis Western Open, not previously exempt.
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