BRITISH OPEN BREAKTHROUGH.Todd Hamilton Captures First Major. Titleist the Choice of First Three Major Champions in 2004.
2004 Open Champion
Fairhaven, MA (July 19, 2004) – Dreams do come true. But in Todd Hamilton’s case, it took hard work, determination and time. Showcasing world-class composure and creative shot-making skills, the 38-year old PGA Tour rookie won the 133rd Open Championship at Royal Troon in a dramatic 4-hole aggregate playoff with Titleist ambassador Ernie Els. Hamilton had already made his mark for 17 years across Japan and Asia, winning 11 times prior to earning his PGA Tour card. He captured the Honda Classic in just his sixth career PGA Tour start earlier this year. This week, with the world as his stage, Hamilton fired a final round 2-under par 69 to finish at 10-under 274 and force extra holes with Els. Both players were one stroke ahead of 2004 Masters champion and another top-ranked Titleist ambassador, Phil Mickelson. In fact, Hamilton topped a leaderboard that featured 9 Titleist golf ball players among the Top 10 finishers. Hamilton becomes the third Titleist player to capture a major this year, following Mickelson's win with the Pro V1 golf ball at the Masters and Retief Goosen's victory playing the Pro V1x at the U.S. Open.
|TODD HAMILTON||CHAMPION||PRO V1|
|ERNIE ELS||2ND||PRO V1X|
|PHIL MICKELSON||3RD||PRO V1|
|LEE WESTWOOD||4TH||PRO V1X|
|DAVIS LOVE III||T5||PRO V1X|
|THOMAS LEVET||T5||PRO V1X|
|RETIEF GOOSEN||T7||PRO V1X|
|SCOTT VERPLANK||T7||PRO V1|
|MIKE WEIR||T9||PRO V1|
Titleist Highlights for Week Ending July 18, 2004
Ernie Els became just the sixth player in Open Championship history to record four consecutive rounds in the 60s (69-69-68-68). In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Els relies upon a full bag of Titleist golf clubs including the Titleist Titanium 983K driver, Titleist Pro Trajectory 980F Strong fairway metal, Titleist prototype 2-iron, Titleist Forged 690CB irons (3-PW), Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter.
Phil Mickelson finished just 1 behind the leaders for 3rd place.
Mickelson has finished 1st (Masters), 2nd (U.S. Open) and 3rd (British Open) at the year's first three majors. Mickelson and Els are the only two players to post Top 10 finishes in each of the year's first three majors. In addition to his 2nd place finish at the British Open, Els also finished 2nd to Mickelson at the Masters and posted a T9 at the U.S. Open. Els takes it one step further as the only player to record Top 10 finishes in his last four majors which includes a T5 at the 2003 PGA Championship.
Els and Mickelson were joined on the British Open leaderboard by Davis Love III (T5) giving Titleist three full-line equipment ambassadors among the top 5 and ties. Love and fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Lee Westwood fired Sunday’s best rounds with 4-under par 67s. Westwood advanced to solo 4th with his stellar final round performance.
Els moved to the top of the PGA European Tour’s Order of Merit and Phil Mickelson tops the PGA Tour money list following their respective 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the British Open.
Titleist Pro V1x player Thomas Levet, who qualified for the Open Championship just last week via his victory at the Scottish Open, joined Love at T5.
With his T7, Pro V1x player Retief Goosen recorded his third consecutive Top 10 finish at the British Open, the only player to do so over the past three years (T7, T10, T8).
Titleist topped the British Open golf ball count for the 25th consecutive year, as long as records have been kept, with 107 players, over 68 percent of the field, and more than five times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist also was the leading iron (33) and wedge (98) at the Open.
Titleist players have won 14 events on the 2004 PGA European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with 4.
LPGA Tour: Moira Dunn captured the Giant Eagle Classic for the 10-year veteran's first career LPGA Tour title. Dunn fired a final round 7-under par 65 to finish at 12-under 204, two strokes better than fellow Pro V1 player Young A-Yang. It marked the 7th victory for Titleist players on the 2004 LPGA Tour. With 103 players, nearly 73 percent of the Giant Eagle Classic field played Titleist.
Nationwide Tour: Titleist Pro V1x player D.A. Points claimed the inaugural Pete Dye West Virginia Classic where he fired a 23-under 265 en route to a 5-stroke victory. Points had a six-stroke lead heading into the weekend after posting a course-record 10-under par 62 in the second round. It marked the third career Nationwide Tour title for Points and his second this year. In fact, Points has finished inside the top two in 3 of his past 4 starts, including a win at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. His win is the 12th for Titleist on the 2004 Nationwide Tour, four times more than the nearest competitor with 3.
Canadian PGA Tour: Stephen Woodard relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to rally from three strokes back to capture the TELUS Edmonton Open in a playoff. Woodard fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s (68-67-69-68), which included a final round 3-under par 68 to reach the playoff. Titleist players have won 9 of the first 11 Canadian PGA Tour events in 2004.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view an exclusive post-tournament interview with British Open winner Todd Hamilton, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.
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