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Bart Bryant leads wire-to-wire to win THE TOUR Championship

Brad Bryant
Bart Bryant

Fairhaven, MA (November 9, 2005) - Describing it as a "real dream come true," Bart Bryant established a new tournament scoring record en route to his wire-to-wire victory at the season-ending TOUR Championship.  Bryant fired a steady 3-under 67 Sunday to finish with four consecutive rounds in the 60s and a 17-under 263 total.  His six-stroke margin of victory tied a tournament record.  It marked the third career PGA TOUR title for Bryant, all coming over the last 15 months. He won The Memorial earlier this year.   (Click here to view a video of Bryant discussing what it's like to be "In The Zone")

In winning THE TOUR Championship, Bryant, who relied on the Titleist Pro V1x, prevailed over 28 of the top money winners on the 2005 PGA TOUR.  He topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball players among the Top 10 finishers, including Scott Verplank (3rd/Pro V1), Vijay Singh (T4/Pro V1x), Retief Goosen (T4/Pro V1x), Titleist ambassadors Davis Love III (T4/Pro V1x), Adam Scott (T7/Pro V1x) and Ben Crane (T7/Pro V1x), and Padraig Harrington (T7/Pro V1x).  Titleist topped the golf ball count at the select event with 20 players, while no other competitor registered more than 3.  The win was also the third TOUR Championship in three weeks for Titleist golf ball players after Tom Watson won the Charles Schwab Cup and David Branshaw won the Nationwide Tour Championship last weekend.

Brad Bryant
Heath Slocum

In other PGA TOUR action, Heath Slocum shot a final round 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.  It was the second career PGA TOUR title for Slocum who finished at 21-under 267, edging fellow Pro V1 loyalist Loren Roberts, who tied for second.  Titleist was the most played golf ball with 97 players, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 14.  Titleist was also the top choice of players in the iron (30), utility iron (7), wedge (94) and putter (49) categories.  

The PGA TOUR season closed with Titleist players accounting for 26 victories, compared to 11 for the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.

JAPAN TOUR:  Azuma Yano fired his third consecutive 5-under 67 to capture the Asahi Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial by one stroke over three players.  Yano, who relied upon the Pro V1x in his victory, finished at 18-under 270 en route to securing the 12th victory by Titleist golf ball players on the 2005 Japan Golf Tour, twice as many as the nearest competitor.  Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 50 players, more than twice the nearest competitor with 22.

ASIAN TOUR: A Thai amateur became the youngest winner on the Asian Tour when he won the inaugural Double A International Open in a playoff.  It was a record feat for the champion, who fired a final round 6-under 67 before winning with a birdie on the second playoff hole.  The reigning World Junior Champion and Titleist Pro V1x player, is only the third amateur to win a title in Asia and also enters the record book as the youngest winner at the age of 17 years and five days.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view an exclusive post-TOUR Championship victory interview with Bart Bryant, as well as round-by-round interviews from virtually every PGA TOUR event, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.

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