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Performance Promotion Pays Off at 84 Lumber Classic for Titleist Pro V1x Player

Against a strong field that boasted four of this year's top six money leaders, the 84 Lumber Classic champion relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball en route to a one stroke victory and his first career PGA Tour title.

Ben Crane

Fairhaven, MA (September 19, 2005) - Against a strong field that boasted four of this year's top six money leaders, the 84 Lumber Classic champion relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball en route to a one stroke victory and his first career PGA Tour title.  When he landed his approach shot on the lower fringe of the green on the final hole, the eventual winner trusted his Scotty Cameron putter to two-putt from over 90-feet for a par and the title.  His 14-under 274 total was three shots better than third-place finisher and full-line Titleist staff player Ben Crane (Pro V1x) and four clear of Tim Herron (Pro V1x) as Titleist players secured three of the top four positions on the leaderboard.  

The winner, who also relies on a Vokey Design Spin Milled lob wedge for his success, earned a performance promotion to the PGA Tour in last month following his third Nationwide Tour victory of the year.  In addition to the four victories he has posted since July, the 84 Lumber Classic champion also relied upon Titleist in his breakthrough performance at the U.S. Open in June and when he fired a 59 en route to his pivotal victory at the Cox Classic in August.  He became just the second player to win an event on the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour in the same season, and the first since 1996.

Bob Gilder

The victory marks the 21st for Titleist players on the 2005 PGA Tour, compared to 8 for the nearest competitor.  Titleist topped the 84 Lumber Classic golf ball count with 102 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (29), utility iron (8), wedge (109) and putter (55) categories.

Ben Crane, who won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in July and finished T2 at last week's Bell Canadian Open, placed third this week to move into the top 15 on the money list.  In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Crane relies upon the Titleist Pro Titanium 905T driver, 904F Pro Trajectory 3-wood, Forged 690 CB irons (5-P), Forged 704 CB 4-iron, 503.H utility iron, Vokey Design approach wedge and Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges.

CHAMPIONS TOUR:  Bob Gilder topped a Titleist Pro V1-dominated leaderboard for his first win of the year and eighth of his Champions Tour career.  Gilder shot a final round 5-under-par 67 to capture the Constellation Energy Classic by four strokes over Morris Hatalsky.  Gilder won in wire-to-wire fashion, never trailing after firing an opening round 64.  He chipped in from 40 feet for par on the final hole Sunday to finish at 18-under 198, tying the tournament record.  Hatalsky shot a final round 69, including a birdie on the 18th hole that enabled him to break a tie with Curtis Strange and finish in sole possession of second place.  D.A. Weibring finished fourth, one shot ahead of Tom Watson and John Bland.  All of the players among the top five relied on the Pro V1 and 61 players, 78 percent of the field, trusted Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor (12 players).  Titleist players have won 19 of the 23 events played on the 2005 Champions Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3.

Troy Matteson

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Troy Matteson relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball and a full bag of Titleist golf clubs, including a Pro Titanium 905 prototype driver, Forged 704.CB irons and Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges to par his final 10 holes and capture the Mark Christopher Charity Classic. Matteson topped three players by two shots, including Johnson Wagner (Pro V1x, Pro Titanium 905T driver, 904F fairway metal, Forged 670 irons, 2-3 503.H utility irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) and Matthew Goggin (Pro V1x).  Matteson shot a final-round 67 and then waited out the final few groups to see if his 13-under 271 total would hold up for his second win of the year.  Titleist players have won 20 of the 25 events played on the 2005 Nationwide Tour, five times the nearest competitor with 4.  Overall, nearly eight times as many players relied upon Titleist golf balls (111) than the nearest competitor (14) at the event.  Titleist was also the top choice of players in the iron (44), utility iron (11), wedge (131) and putter (57) categories.

ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant came from three strokes behind to shoot a course record-tying 8-under-par 64 on Sunday to win the Taiwan Open by one shot, his second Asian Tour title of the season.  Wiratchant finished at 18-under 270.

JAPAN TOUR: Full-line Titleist player and last week's Suntory Open champion Yasuharu Imano (Pro V1x) reached a playoff at the ANA Open after posting an eagle on the 17th hole on Sunday.  Both players were tied at 14-under 274 at the end of regulation before Imano finished runner-up in the playoff. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 62 players, more than twice the nearest competitor.

WORLDWIDE WINS: Four more wins this week advances Titleist's victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 127, 100 more than the nearest competitor.

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