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Irwin, Han Win with Titleist on Champions, LPGA Tours

Three more wins this week advances Titleist's worldwide golf ball victory count to 134, over 100 more than the nearest competitor with 29.

Hale Irwin

Fairhaven, MA (October 4, 2005) -  Hale Irwin fired a final round 6-under 66 for a come-from-behind win at the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour.  Irwin completed the event at 13-under 203, two strokes clear of fellow Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalists Tom Jenkins and Bob Gilder, who won two weeks ago at the Constellation Energy Classic.  Irwin extended his Champions Tour record-win total to 44.  

A total of 58 players, nearly three-quarters of the field, trusted Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13.  Titleist players have won 20 of the 24 events played on the 2005 Champions Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3.

LPGA TOUR:  It took an extra day to finish due to inclement weather conditions, but Korea's Hee-Won Han (Pro V1) completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Office Depot Championship on Monday.  Han fired a final round 3-under 68 for en route to a  two-stroke win, the fourth of her LPGA career and first this year.  Soo-Yun Kang (Pro V1x) was runner-up, followed by Catriona Matthew (Pro V1x), giving Titleist players a 1-2-3 finish.  More than five times as many players relied upon Titleist (114) golf balls than the nearest competitor (20).  Titleist players have won 16 of the 24 events played on the 2005 LPGA Tour, twice the nearest competitor with 8.

PGA TOUR: Titleist topped the golf ball count at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro with 95 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (29), utility iron (3), wedge (138) and putter (52) categories.  First-round leader Charles Warren, who tied the Forest Oaks Country Club record of 62 on Thursday, finished with a final round 65 to finish in a three-way tie for third that included fellow Pro V1x player and full-line Titleist staffer Jason Bohn.  Bohn's performance vaulted him from 39th to 23rd on the money list and earned him a spot into this week's WGC-American Express Championship. It will be Bohn's first appearance in a World Golf Championship event.
   
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Inclement weather on Sunday forced officials to cancel the final round of the Oregon Classic and award third-round leader and Pro V1x player Jeff Gove the title.  Gove's 15-under 201 total was good for a three-shot victory, the third of his Nationwide Tour career.  Esteban Toledo (Pro V1x), Jamie Broce (Pro V1), Kris Cox (Pro V1) and Tim Wilkinson (Pro V1x) shared second place at 12-under-par 204 as the top five finishers all relied on Titleist golf balls.

More than 8 times as many players relied on Titleist golf balls (108) than the nearest competitor (13). Titleist was also the top choice of players in the iron (37), wedge (151) and putter (49) categories.  Titleist players have won 22 of 27 events on this year's Nationwide Tour, more than five times the nearest competitor with 4.

WORLDWIDE WINS:  Three more wins this week advances Titleist's worldwide golf ball victory count to 134, over 100 more than the nearest competitor with 29.

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