SWEEPS WEEK.Titleist Players Post Seven Wins Across Seven Worldwide Professional Tours.
Four Time Winner on PGA Tour in 2004
Fairhaven, MA (August 2, 2004) – As event after event concluded across the seven major worldwide professional tours in action this week, the winners' circle became filled with players trusting Titleist golf balls for their success. The worldwide sweep featured victories on the PGA, PGA European, Champions, LPGA, Nationwide, Japan and Canadian Tours, advancing Titleist’s 2004 worldwide win count to 98, more than all other golf balls combined. Among the highlights was Vijay Singh's PGA Tour-leading fourth title this year, Luke Donald's first win on the PGA European Tour, and first career major victories by Titleist ambassador Peter Jacobsen and Karen Stupples. Continued proof, that when it comes to superior performance, Titleist is winning the world over.
PGA TOUR: Vijay Singh became the first player to win four times on the 2004 PGA Tour, topping a world-class field enroute to a one-stroke victory at the Buick Open. Singh fired a final round 5-under par 67 to finish at 23-under 265 and secure his 19th career PGA Tour title and 41st worldwide win as a professional. He also became just the third player in Buick Open history to win the event twice, having won in it for the first time in 1997. It marks the second consecutive year in which Singh has recorded four PGA Tour titles. Singh's win is the 24th by Titleist players through the first 32 events on the 2004 PGA Tour, 8 times more than the nearest competitor with 3.
Captures Scandinavian Masters
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist Titanium 983K driver loyalist Luke Donald fired a pair of 3-under par 69s on the weekend, cruising to a five-stroke victory at the Scandinavian Masters. It marked the first career PGA European Tour title for Donald, who posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish at 16-under 272. He won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in 2002 for his first and only PGA Tour victory. Donald's performance marks the 15th golf ball win for Titleist players on the 2004 PGA European Tour, nearly four times more than the nearest competitor with 4. The champion also relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter for his success.
U.S. Senior Open Champ
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Still feeling the effects from hip surgery in April, Titleist ambassador Peter Jacobsen captured the U.S. Senior Open for his first career major and Champions Tour title in just his third start. Rain washed out Friday's second round, forcing a grueling 36-hole finish on Sunday. Jacobsen fired a 2-under par 69 in the morning and followed with a gutsy final round 3-under par 68 effort in the afternoon. His 12-under 272 total was one stroke better than Titleist Pro V1 player Hale Irwin and two strokes clear of fellow Titleist full-line equipment ambassadors and Titleist Pro V1 players Jay Haas and Tom Kite. Pro V1 player Bob Gilder finished solo 5th, as Titleist players occupied the top 5 positions on the leaderboard. Jacobsen's victory is the 12th for Titleist players on the 2004 Champions Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with 5. The first four Champions Tour majors this year have been won by Titleist players. In addition to the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Jacobsen relies upon the Titleist Titanium 983K driver, Titleist Forged 704.CB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype putter.
Karen Stupples Wins
First Career Major
Women's British Open
LPGA Tour: Titleist Pro V1x player Karen Stupples fired a final round 8-under par 64 to win the Women's British Open, her first career major, by five strokes. Stupples' 19-under 269 total at Sunningdale GC matched the lowest score in LPGA Tour major championship history. It was the second career LPGA Tour title for Stupples who earned her first victory at the season-opening Welch's/Fry's Championship. Trailing the third round leaders by one stroke, Stupples got off to a momentous eagle-double eagle start on Sunday to take the lead, and then secured the victory on holes 15 through 17 with three consecutive birdies. It marked the 9th win for Titleist golf ball players on the 2004 LPGA Tour.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Bradley Hughes birdied the first hole of a four-man, all-Titleist golf ball playoff to win the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open for his first career Nationwide Tour title. Hughes, Hunter Haas (Pro V1) and Scott Harrington (Pro V1x) all fired final round 6-under par 65s to reach the playoff, while Erik Compton (Pro V1) shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s to complete the final foursome at 14-under 270. It marked the 14th win for Titleist players on the Nationwide Tour this year, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 3.
JAPAN TOUR: Second-year Japan Tour player Takuya Taniguchi birdied his final two holes to capture the Aiful Cup by two strokes. It marked the first career victory for Taniguchi, who posted a final round 2-under par 69 to finish at 14-under 270. In addition to the Pro V1 golf ball, Taniguchi also relies upon the Titleist Titanium 983K, Titleist Pro Tractory 980F fairway metal, Titleist Forged 670 irons and Vokey Design approach and lob wedges. It marked the 7th win by Titleist players on the 2004 Japan Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor.
CANADIAN TOUR: Stephen Woodard relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to capture his second consecutive Canadian Tour title with a three-stroke victory at the Montreal Open. The event was reduced to 54 holes due to inclement weather. The victory advanced Woodard to the second position on the Order of Merit behind fellow Titleist player and two-time winner Erik Compton. Titleist players have won 10 of the first 12 events on the 2004 Canadian Tour.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive post-round and post-tournament interviews with Titleist players, including Buick Open champion Vijay Singh, from every PGA Tour event throughout the year, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature.
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