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Geoff Ogilvy Leads Titleist Players to 1-2-3 Sweep at WGC-Accenture World Match Play

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Fairhaven, MA (February 27, 2006) - With steely determination, Geoff Ogilvy topped six higher-ranked opponents en route to capturing the 2006 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.  It marked the second career victory for Ogilvy, who won the 36-hole final by edging fellow Pro V1x player and Titleist brand ambassador Davis Love III, 3 and 2.  Zach Johnson, another full-line Titleist staff player, captured the consolation match to give Titleist golf ball loyalists a 1-2-3 sweep.  Additional victories on the Champions, LPGA and Nationwide Tours advanced Titleist's 2006 worldwide win count to 24, six times more than the nearest competitor with 4.

WGC:  In addition to the reliance on Titleist golf balls, Titleist golf clubs also proved valuable in the success of the top three finishers at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.  The champion carried Titleist prototype 3- and 5-metals, Vokey Design pitching, sand and Spin Milled lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype putter.

Runner-up Davis Love III trusted Titleist golf clubs from tee-to-green, including the new Titleist Pro Titanium 905R driver, a prototype 3-metal, Forged 695MB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron prototype putter.  Like Love, Zach Johnson relied upon the new Pro Titanium 905R driver, as well as the 503.H utility iron, Forged 735.CM (3-4) and Forged 695CB (5-9) irons, and Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges.

Ogilvy played a tournament record 129 holes in the event, which included four consecutive sudden death matches at the start of the week.  Ogilvy topped a Grand Slam list of players on his way to the title, including the defending U.S. Open champion, 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, the 1996 British Open champion, and Love, the 1997 PGA Championship winner. 

Following the success of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner, a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter has been played by a PGA Tour champion each of the past five weeks.

Titleist was the golf ball choice of 34 players at the select-field event, more than three times the nearest competitor with 11.  It was also the most played brand in the wedge (35) and putter (18t) categories.

PGA TOUR:  At the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, 4 of the top 5 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls, including runner-up Jerry Kelly (Pro V1x), who fired a final round 7-under 65 to finish one shot back at 21-under.  Second and third round leader Duffy Waldorf (Pro V1) tied for third with Heath Slocum (Pro V1) and rookie Bubba Watson (Pro V1x).

Watson became the first player to play an entire 72-hole PGA Tour event without a bogey since the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open.

Titleist was the golf ball choice of 111 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12.  It was also the most played brand in the iron (33t), wedge (117) and putter (57) categories.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jerry Pate (Pro V1x) birdied the final hole to break a four-way tie and win the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, his first professional victory in 24 years.  Pate shot a final round 5-under 66 to finish at 11-under 202 for the tournament, one shot clear of three players including Mark James (Pro V1x) and Morris Hatalsky (Pro V1).  Loren Roberts (Pro V1) came within three shots of winning his fourth straight Champions Tour event, finishing in a five-way tie for fifth.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice for 55 players (72%), five times more than the nearest competitor with 10, including 7 of the top 10 finishers.

LPGA TOUR:  Meena Lee (Pro V1x) won the Fields Open for her second LPGA Tour victory in two years, topping rookie and fellow South Korean Seon Hwa Lee (Pro V1x) on the third hole of a playoff.  Meena closed with a 7-under 65 to match 20-year-old Seon Hwa at 14-under 202.   Meena won with a 6-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole.  Last week, another South Korean, Joo Mi Kim, won the season-opening SBS Open playing a Pro V1x.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice for 106 players (80%), more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12, including 7 of the top 10 finishers.

NATIONWIDE TOUR:  Jim Rutledge (Pro V1, Forged 690CB irons, Scotty Cameron Red X putter), a 46-year old six-time winner on the Canadian Tour, earned his first career Nationwide Tour title at the ING New Zealand PGA Championship.  Rutledge fired a final round 8-under-par 64 to finish at 9-under 279, one shot clear of third-round leader Jarrod Lyle (Pro V1x, Pro Titanium 905S driver, Pro Trajectory 904F 3-wood, Forged 670 irons, Vokey Design approach, sand and lob wedges, SC-303 putter) and Brett Rumford (Pro V1x, Pro Titanium 905T driver, Pro Trajectory 904F 3-wood, Forged 695MB irons, Vokey Design approach wedge and Spin Milled lob wedge). 

Rutledge, who began Sunday nine strokes behind Lyle, claimed the third largest come-from-behind victory in Tour history.  He holed a sand wedge from 111 yards for an eagle on the par-4 17th hole, followed by a 25-footer for birdie, and then had to wait nearly two hours until the rest of the leaders finished.  It marked the second consecutive Top 5 finish for runner-up Lyle who posted a T4 at the season-opening Jacob's Creek Open Championship.

A total of 122 players (78%) teed up a Titleist golf ball, over 15 times more than the nearest competitor with 8.  In fact, 13 of the 15 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the event relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including the top six.

In addition to being the top choice in golf balls, Titleist was the field favorite in the iron (42 vs. 25), utility iron (7 vs. 6), wedge (144 vs. 74) and putter (56-43) categories, second in drivers (38) and a close third in fairway metals (34), just two behind the second position.

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