RYAN PALMER RALLIES FOR FIRST CAREER PGA TOUR TITLERelies Upon Titleist Equipment in Magical Win at Disney.
Ryan Palmer with his wife Jennifer
Fairhaven, MA (October 25, 2004) - Ryan Palmer, a PGA Tour rookie and full-line Titleist staff professional, fired a final round 10-under par 62 to win the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort by three shots over fellow Pro V1x golf ball players Vijay Singh and Briny Baird. Palmer's winning performance marked his first career PGA Tour title, and he became the 10th first-time winner and the fifth rookie to win on tour this year. Palmer, who started the final round five shots off the lead, birdied 4 of the final 5 holes to finish at 22-under 266 and secure the victory.
In addition to playing the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Palmer relied upon the Titleist Titanium 983E driver, Titleist Forged 690CB irons, and Vokey Design pitching, gap and sand wedges for his success. Titleist golf ball players have won 34 of the 46 events on 2004 PGA Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 5. The win also marked the ninth win for players relying upon Titleist Titanium drivers, 10th with Titleist irons and 15th with Vokey Design wedges. Scotty Cameron putters have been played more winners than any other competitor on the 2004 PGA Tour with 15.
PGA European Tour: Like Ryan Palmer on the PGA Tour, the winner of the PGA European Tour's Open de Madrid trusted the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to earn his first career victory in come-from-behind fashion. The 23-year old shot a final round 6-under 65 to finish at 18-under 266, topping runner-up Anders Hansen by two strokes and third-place finisher Terry Price by three shots for a Titleist Pro V1x 1-2-3 finish. The victory advanced Titleist's golf ball win count on the PGA European Tour to 22, more than four times the nearest competitor with 5.
Japan Tour: For the second consecutive week, the same Titleist Pro V1x player won on the Japan Tour, capturing the Bridgestone Open by one stroke over two players. The winner shot a final round 6-under 66 to finish at 16-under 272. Titleist players have won 13 events on the 2004 Japan Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3.
Asian Tour: Australian Terry Pilkadaris earned his first career Asian Tour title at the inaugural Shanghai Open playing the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. Pilkadaris carded an even-par 72 in the final round to finish at 8-under, topping Pro V1x player Boonchu Ruangkit by one stroke.
Direct from the Tour: To view exclusive interviews with FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort winner Ryan Palmer, as well as Titleist players from every PGA Tour event, 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, Pro V1x, Titleist Titanium 983, Titleist Forged 690, Vokey Design and Scotty Cameron by Titleist are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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