A Fitting Achievement.Gamez Captures Valero Texas Open Trusting Titleist from Tee-to-Green.
Fairhaven, MA (September 26, 2005) - In a performance fit for a champion, the perseverance of Titleist full-line staff player Robert Gamez paid off at the Valero Texas Open where he closed with a 6-under 64 to capture his third career PGA Tour title by three shots. Having overcome an accident and injuries since earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1990, Gamez described himself as "making it all the way back" following this week's trip to the winners' circle. Gamez believed in his game and the brand he trusts for his tee-to-green success. It was the third career victory for the 37-year-old Gamez and his first since the 1990 Nestle (now Bay Hill) Invitational.
Gamez opened the final round with three straight birdies and added three more on the back nine to reach 18-under 262 at LaCantera Golf Club's Resort Course. Pro V1x players Mark Wilson and Woody Austin tied for third as 10 of the top 12 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Gamez relied upon the new Titleist Pro Titanium 905S driver (8.5), Titleist Forged prototype irons (3-P), 503.H utility iron (1), Vokey Design sand (54) and lob (60) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 mid-length prototype putter. Trusting his Titleist equipment, Gamez finished among the top 10 in five major statistical categories including: Putts (109/T3), Putting Average (1.673/5th), Driving Distance (317.5/ 5th), Greens In Regulation (55 of 72/.764/T6) and Driving Accuracy (41 of 56/.732)/T8).
Titleist topped the golf ball count with 99 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the field favorite in the utility iron (7) and putter (49) categories. Gamez' victory marks the 22nd for Titleist players on the 2005 PGA Tour, compared to 8 for the nearest competitor.
PRESIDENTS CUP: Chris DiMarco rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole to give the United States the 18 points needed to win The Presidents Cup. It was the first American victory in Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup competition since the 2000 Presidents Cup. Of the combined 24 players that made up the United States and International team rosters for this biennial contest, 13 of them relied upon the superior quality and performance of the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with four.
Half of the United States squad trusted Titleist, including DiMarco (Pro V1), Fred Funk (Pro V1), Titleist brand ambassador Davis Love III (Pro V1x), Kenny Perry (Pro V1x), David Toms (Pro V1) and Scott Verplank (Pro V1). Among the seven Titleist golf ball loyalists on the International team were Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x), Retief Goosen (Pro V1x), Mark Hensby (Pro V1), Nick O'Hern (Pro V1), Titleist brand ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1x), Vijay Singh (Pro V1x) and Mike Weir (Pro V1x).
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Greg Chalmers rolled in a 10-foot putt for birdie on the first hole of an all-Pro V1x sudden death playoff with Danny Ellis to capture the Albertson's Boise Open. The 31-year old Aussie advanced to the extra session by making a birdie on the next-to-last hole and then saving par on the 72nd hole to tie Ellis at 15-under 269. Last week's winner and full-line Titleist staff player Troy Matteson (Pro V1) and Nathan Green (Pro V1) tied for third one stroke back as Titleist players occupied the top four positions on the leaderboard. All four players shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s.
Titleist players have won 21 of the 26 events played on the 2005 Nationwide Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 4. Overall, more than eight times as many players relied upon Titleist golf balls (113) than the nearest competitor (14) at the event. Titleist was also the top choice of players in the iron (37), utility iron (10), wedge (127) and putter (49) categories. The winner also relied upon a Titleist Pro Titanium 905S driver for his success.
ASIAN TOUR: Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei relied upon the Pro V1x to claim the Mercuries Taiwan Masters by two strokes. It marked the first career Asian Tour for the 27-year old who finished with a 4-under 284.
JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1 player David Smail captured the Acom International for his first title of the season. Smail, who made his first bogeys of the week in a final round 2-over-par 73, still managed to claim a wire-to-wire, two-shot victory with a 13-under 271 total. Titleist was the most played golf ball (52) and wedge (57) at the event. It was the ninth victory for Titleist golf ball players on the 2005 Japan Tour.
WORLDWIDE WINS: Four more wins this week advances Titleist's worldwide golf ball victory count to 131, over 100 more than the nearest competitor with 27.
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