Championship SundayFour Winners on Four Major Tours Worldwide Rely on Titleist Golf Balls
Fairhaven, MA (January 23, 2006) - It was another winning Sunday for Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours, as the four winners on four major tours trusted the performance and consistency of the Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls for their success.
On the U.S. PGA Tour, the winner relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball to capture the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic by three shots, outlasting runners-up Jesper Parnevik (Pro V1x) and Scott Verplank (Pro V1) by three shots. The winner finished the 90-hole event at 25-under 335. There were nine Titleist players among the 15 who finished in the Top 10 and ties.
Titleist was the golf ball choice of 93 players in the 128-player field, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the most played brand in the wedge (104) and putter (46) categories, and second in drivers (27) and irons (26).
The list of players moving to the new 460cc Titleist Pro Titanium 905R prototype driver continues to grow, including rookie Bill Haas who played it in competition for the first time this week. Haas finished T12 in Driving Distance with a 296.2 average and posted a T19 finish overall.
Of the 26 Titleist iron sets in play at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, more than half were the new Forged 695MB and Forged 695CB prototype models. A total of eight players in this week's field relied upon the new Forged 695MB prototype irons, including Nick Watney who finished T35 playing them in competition for the first time.
Among the field of 384 amateurs in this week's pro-am format, 309 players, or more than 80% of the field, relied upon Titleist golf balls.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1 player Chris DiMarco shot a final round 5-under 67 to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by one shot for his first PGA European Tour title. The tournament, which is held in the United Arab Emirates, was the first PGA European Tour event in which DiMarco has played outside the major championships and World Golf Championships. A total of five Titleist players finished among the Top 10 including Jyoti Randhawa (T6/Pro V1x), Vijay Singh (T8/Pro V1x), Ian Poulter (T10/Pro V1x) and David Lynn (T10/Pro V1).
Titleist accounted for 74% of the golf ball count with 89 players in the 120-player field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14. DiMarco is the fourth Titleist golf ball player to win through the first six events on the 2006 PGA European Tour season.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: At the season-opening MasterCard Championship in Hawaii, Titleist Pro V1 player Loren Roberts fired a final round 11-under 61 to edge Don Pooley (Pro V1x) by one shot. Roberts converted a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to establish a new course record in dramatic fashion. It was the second career Champions Tour title for Roberts whose 25-under 191 effort shattered the Champions Tour scoring record in relation to par by three strokes.
The top 10 finishers and 19 of the top 20 all relied upon Titleist golf balls, including Titleist ambassador Jay Haas and D.A. Weibring, who each played the Pro V1 and tied for third.
Titleist captured the golf ball count with 26 players in the field of 35, more than six times the nearest competitor with 4.
ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x player Chris Rodgers, last week's Asian Tour Q-school winner, captured the Pakistan Open by four strokes for his first career victory. Rogers finished the event at 15-under 273, topping an all-Titleist Top 10 leaderboard. Titleist was the overwhelming favorite golf ball in the field with 120 players, compared to 5 for the nearest competitor.
MORE WINS, PLAYERS: Four more victories this week advances Titleist's worldwide win count to 8, four times more than the nearest competitor with 2. The Titleist worldwide player count through the early season events climbed to 1,067, compared to 97 for the nearest competitor.
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