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Ben Crane Captures U.S. Bank Championship in Wire-to-Wire Fashion with Titleist

Ben Crane
Fairhaven, MA (July 25, 2005) - Firing four straight rounds in the 60s, including a career-best 62 in the first round, Titleist ambassador Ben Crane went wire-to-wire at the U.S. Bank Championship en route to his first victory of the year and the second of his PGA Tour career. Battling the searing Milwaukee heat and an unrelenting field, Crane relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and 13 Titleist clubs for his record-setting success.

Crane's set composition included a new Titleist Pro Titanium 905 (8.5) driver, Pro Trajectory 904F (13.0) fairway metal, Forged 690 CB (5-P) irons, a Forged 704 CB (4) iron, 503.H (3) utility iron, a Vokey Design approach (50) wedge and Vokey Design sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.
Tom Watson

Crane shot a final round 1-under par 69 to finish at 20-under 260. His win marks the 16th official PGA Tour victory for Titleist golf ball players this year, more than all other golf balls combined. With 107 players, Titleist was once again the overwhelming choice in the golf balls compared to the nearest competitor with 22. In fact, Crane topped a leaderboard that featured Titleist golf ball loyalists among each of the top six finishers, including Scott Verplank (2nd/Pro V1), Chad Campbell (3rd/Pro V1x), Jeff Sluman (4th/Pro V1), Steve Elkington (T5/Pro V1) and Chris Smith (T5/Pro V1x).

Titleist also was the field favorite in the iron (29), utility iron (7), wedge (107) and putter (59) categories.

CHAMPIONS TOUR
: Tom Watson captured Senior British Open on the third hole of an all-Titleist Pro V1 sudden-death playoff with Des Smyth. Both players finished at 4-under 280. It marked the seventh career Champions Tour title for Watson, including his fourth senior major. Watson's win marks the 13th victory for Titleist golf ball players this year, more than four times the nearest competitor. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 119 players, more than 13 times the nearest competitor with 9.
Jon Mills


LPGA TOUR
: The winner of the Evian Masters relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to shoot a final round 1-under par 71 en route to a decisive 8-stroke victory. The champion finished at 15-under 278 to claim the second title of her rookie season. The win was the 12th for Titleist players on the 2005 LPGA Tour, more than all other golf balls combined. More than five times as many players relied upon Titleist (57) golf balls than the nearest competitor (10).

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Local favorite Jon Mills won the Canadian PGA Championship after shooting a final round 1-under 71 to finish at 19-under 269. Mills matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Saturday en route to setting a new 54-hole tournament scoring record of 18-under 198 by three strokes. It was the first career Nationwide Tour title for Mills who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball and 13 Titleist golf clubs. Mills' set composition includes a Titleist Pro Titanium 905S (9.5) driver, Forged 690 CB irons (2-9), Vokey Design pitching (48), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype putter. Mills is the 13th player to win with Titleist golf balls through the first 17 events this year. More than seven times as many players relied upon Titleist (110) golf balls than the nearest competitor (15). Titleist was also the top choice in irons (39), utility irons (10), wedges (115) and putters (50).

JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1x player K.C. Lin fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s en route to a one-shot victory at the Sega Sammy Cup and his third career win. Lin closed with a 4-under par 68 to finish at 13-under 275. The win is the sixth for Titleist players on the 2005 Japan Golf Tour. Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Yoichi Shimizu enjoyed his best performance of the season, finishing two shots back in solo third finish after a Sunday charge of 6-under 66.

WORLDWIDE WINS: With five more wins this week, Titleist’s victory count across the worldwide professional tours advanced to 94, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22, and more than all other golf balls combined.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive post-tournament interviews with U.S. Bank Championship winner Ben Crane, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com. Visit the site often for exclusive interviews with Titleist players following every round of every PGA Tour event.

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