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Jay Haas trusts Titleist from tee-to-green for first Champions Tour victory.

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Jay Haas
Announced as the recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor bestowed by the USGA that recognizes distinguished sportsmanship, it was only fitting that Titleist ambassador Jay Haas cap off his monumental week with his first career Champions Tour crown.  Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, Haas fired three consecutive rounds in the 60s to edge fellow Pro V1 players Dana Quigley by two strokes and Loren Roberts by three at the Greater Hickory Classic.  In fact, Titleist players occupied 8 of the top 10 positions on the leaderboard.

In addition to the Pro V1 golf ball, Haas also relies upon the Titleist Pro Titanium 983K (9.5) driver, Pro Trajectory 3 (15.0) and 5 (19.0) woods, Forged 690.CB (4-P) irons, Vokey Design sand (54) and lob (60) wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Design putter.

A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, the 51-year-old Haas was a captain's pick for the 2003 Presidents Cup and 2004 Ryder Cup teams.  Last year, the PGA Tour presented him the Payne Stewart Award last year for the way he upholds the traditions of golf.

Titleist topped the golf ball count at the Greater Hickory Classic with 58 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13.  Titleist players have won 21 of the 25 events played on the 2005 Champions Tour, seven times more than the nearest competitor with 3.

Haas topped a week full of first-time winners across the worldwide professional tours for Titleist loyalists, including John Bickerton, Nicole Perrot and David McKenzie on the PGA European, LPGA and Nationwide tours, respectively.  An additional record-breaking win by Y.E. Yang on the Japan Tour advanced Titleist's 2005 golf ball victory count to 139, 110 more than the nearest competitor.

PGA TOUR:  Titleist topped the golf ball count with 44 players in the select world-class WGC-American Express Championship field, compared to 12 for the nearest competitor.  While the four-time winner continues to trust his Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter, the runner-up relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for his success.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR:  England's John Bickerton ran away with his first career PGA European Tour title firing a final round 3-under 68 at the Abama Open de Canarias.  He posted a 10-under par 274 total for a five-stroke victory over fellow Pro V1x player Michael Kirk and Pro V1 loyalist Stuart Little.  Bickerton shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s en route to his first win in 12 years on tour.  Bickerton's victory was the 22nd for Titleist players on the 2005 PGA European Tour, more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 111 players in the field, more than ten times the nearest competitor with 11.

LPGA TOUR:   Pro V1x player Nicole Perrot captured her first career LPGA Tour title with a one stroke win at the Longs Drug Challenge over last week's champion and Pro V1 loyalist Hee-Won Han.  Perrot vaulted up the leaderboard with a 7-under 64 on Saturday and closed with an even par 71 to finish at 14-under 270.  Catriona Matthew (New Pro V1x) and Liselotte Neumann (New Pro V1) tied for third at 274 as Titleist players occupied the top four positions on the leaderboard.   More than four times as many players relied upon Titleist golf balls (107 players) than the nearest competitor (25) at the event.  Titleist has been the golf ball of choice for 17 champions on the 2005 LPGA Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Australian David McKenzie birdied the final hole Sunday to edge fellow New Pro V1x player Jon Mills by one shot at the Gila River Golf Classic for his first career Nationwide Tour title.  McKenzie shot a final round 2-under 70 en route to a 20-under 268 total.  In fact, Titleist players occupied each of the top eight positions on the leaderboard and 10 of the top 11.  More than seven times as many players at the event relied on Titleist golf balls (106) than the nearest competitor (14).  Titleist was also the top choice of players in the iron (37), utility iron (9), wedge (162) and putter (47) categories. Titleist players have won 23 of 28 events on this year's Nationwide Tour.

JAPAN TOUR: Y.E Yang shot a final round 5-under 67 to capture the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic for his first win of the season and third in two years.  His 18-under 270 tournament-record total topped runner-up fellow Pro V1x player Teshima Taichi making it a Titleist 1-2 finish.  Titleist was the most played golf ball (53) and wedge (60) at the event.  It was the 10th victory for Titleist golf ball players on the 2005 Japan Tour.

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