LOVE, CASEY TRUST TITLEIST IN PGA, EUROPEAN TOUR VICTORIESDave Barr Relies on Pro V1 to Capture First Career Champions Tour Title
Fairhaven, MA (February 10, 2003) - It's always a thrill to win on the PGA Tour. It's an even bigger thrill to do so twice in three years at the same tournament with a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole. Titleist ambassador Davis Love III did just that in firing a final round 68 to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by one stroke for his 15th career PGA Tour victory. Love trusts Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, including the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball, Titleist Titanium 983E (7.5) prototype driver, PT fairway metal (13.0), Forged 680 irons (2-9), Vokey Design pitching wedge (50), DL Forged sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Beach putter.
Love's winning performance with the Pro V1x marks the fifth victory for Titleist golf balls in as many events on the 2003 PGA Tour. His victory follows brilliant consecutive wins by Ernie Els (Mercedes Championships, Sony Open), Vijay Singh (Phoenix Open) and Mike Weir (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic) to start the season. In addition to Titleist's golf ball success to date, Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters are a perfect 5-0 on the year, also having been played by the first five PGA Tour champions. Titleist drivers and irons are finding overwhelming success as well, with a Tour-leading three victories in each category. The last two champions have played Titleist Vokey Design wedges.
Following a script similar to fellow Titleist ambassadors Davis Love III and Ernie Els, 25-year old Paul Casey joined this year's winners' circle relying upon a new Pro V1 prototype golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment. Like Love, Casey birdied the final hole of the ANZ Championship in Australia to earn his second career victory on the PGA European Tour. The victory marks Titleist's fourth on the 2003 PGA European Tour. In addition to the new Pro V1, Casey relied upon the Titleist Titanium 983K prototype driver, 975F fairway metal, 690MB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter, and wore a Titleist Players glove. It is the second consecutive victory for a Titleist full line player on the PGA European Tour as Casey's triumph follows Ernie Els' third win of the year at last week's Heineken Classic.
On the Champions Tour, Dave Barr gave Titleist a 2-0 mark when he birdied his final four holes, including 35-footers on the final two, to secure his first career victory on the senior circuit. Barr, who relies upon the new Pro V1 golf ball, fired a final round 5-under par 67 to win the Royal Caribbean Classic by one stroke. Barr's win marks the 16th for Titleist across the 2003 worldwide professional tours - more than all other golf balls combined.
ADDITIONAL TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 9, 2003
FAB FIVE: Following Love's victory at Pebble Beach, the top five players on the 2003 money list rely on Titleist golf balls, led by Ernie Els ($1,810,000), Mike Weir ($1,212,000), Vijay Singh ($1,021,429), Davis Love III ($991,125) and Chris DiMarco ($693,500). All five money leaders are among the top 10 in the World Rankings, in which Titleist players own seven positions, including: Els (No. 2), Phil Mickelson (No. 3), Singh (No. 4), Retief Goosen (No. 5), David Toms (No. 7), Love (No. 8) and DiMarco (No. 10).
IN OVERDRIVE: The top seven players on the PGA Tour Driving Distance list - Ernie Els (319.6), Phil Mickelson (312.0), John Daly (310.2), Vijay Singh (308.9), James McLean (307.7), Woody Austin (304.3) and Jay Williamson (303.6) - all play the new Titleist Pro V1 or new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf balls. In addition, four of the top five Driving Distance leaders also rely upon Titleist Titanium drivers, including Els who prefers the new 983K, and Love who opts for the new 983E.
TITLEIST ACROSS THE BOARD: For the second consecutive week on the PGA Tour, Titleist was the top choice of more players in the golf ball (108 players), iron (37), wedge (123) and putter (83) categories. It was more of the same 'Down Under', where 84 players teed up Titleist on the PGA European Tour's ANZ Championship in Australia, more than three times the nearest competitor. Fifty-two of the 81 players who played in the Royal Caribbean Classic also made the #1 ball in golf their #1 choice.
ACES IN THE HOLE: Robert Gamez tied a tournament record with a 5-under-par 31 on the back nine at Poppy Hills GC in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He posted back-to-back eagles on Nos. 17 and 18 to tie the mark. Gamez, who relies on the new Pro V1x, Titleist Titanium 983E driver, Titleist 3- and 5-woods, Forged irons, Vokey Design wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura putter, notched his first eagle with an ace on the par-3, 17th hole with a 7-iron. John Senden, who plays the new Titleist Pro V1, also scored a hole-in-one at the par-3, 203-yard 11th hole at Poppy Hills.
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