Ron Philo, Jr. Captures PGA Professional National Championship Trusting Titleist From Tee-to-GreenTitleist is the Top Choice of Experience across Every Major Equipment Category
Fairhaven, MA (June 27, 2006) - As the country's top PGA professionals gathered for their 39th national championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y., the momentum and unmatched success of Titleist across every major equipment category was evident once again. From golf balls to drivers, irons, wedges and putters, more players made Titleist their top choice in equipment at the 2006 PGA Professional National Championship than any other.
Ron Philo, Jr. shot a final round 4-under 68 to win the PGA Professional National Championship
Not only were more players relying upon Titleist equipment with overwhelming success at the showcase event for PGA professionals, Ron Philo, Jr. was winning with it. The head golf professional at the Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y., Philo relied on the Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist golf clubs to win in a sudden-death playoff. His set composition included the Pro Titanium 905S driver (9.5), Pro Trajectory prototype fairway metal (14.0), Forged 670 irons (4-P), a Forged 704.CB 3-iron, Vokey Design sand wedge (54) and Spin Milled lob (60) wedge, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Design putter.
Philo closed with a 4-under 68, including a hole-in-one on the 198-yard third hole, to reach the playoff with a 10-under 278 total.
He will lead the top 20 finishers from PGA Professional National Championship into the year's final major, the 88th PGA Championship to be contested at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago, in August. Of the 20 qualifiers, 11 played the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, 12 trusted Pro Titanium drivers, 11 relied upon Titleist Forged irons and 12 placed their confidence in Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters, including each of the top four finishers. In addition, there were 13 Pro Trajectory fairway metals and 27 Vokey Design wedges in play, more than three times the nearest competitor.
It is in venues such as the PGA Professional National Championship where Titleist receives serious player affirmation that its equipment objectives of quality and high performance across every category are met and exceeded. PGA professionals devote their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game of golf. So when it comes to choosing the highest performing equipment for their own games, just look in their bags. Below is a breakdown of Titleist equipment success at the 2006 PGA Professionals National Championship by category:
GOLF BALLS: Titleist continued its success story of being the #1 golf ball at every PGA Professional National Championship since its inception in 1968 - 39 consecutive years. The overwhelming choice at the event once again, 211 players in the field of 312, trusted Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 64, and more than all other golf balls combined.
DRIVERS: For the 9th consecutive year, Titleist was the driver choice of more players with 172, that's over 55 percent of the field and 90 more than the nearest competitor with 82. Led by the new Titleist Pro Titanium 905R model, PGA professionals made Titleist the clear choice in high performance drivers.
FAIRWAY METALS: Titleist was the fairway metal of choice of more players with 158, compared to 100 for the nearest competitor.
IRONS: For the 14th consecutive year, Titleist achieved the distinction of being the #1 iron at the PGA Professional National Championship. With 165 players compared to 71 for the nearest competitor, more trusted Titleist Forged irons than all other competitors combined.
UTILITY IRONS: Led by the 503.H model, Titleist was the overwhelming choice in utility irons with 35, seven times more than the nearest competitor with 5.
SAND, LOB AND APPROACH WEDGES: Bolstered by the tour-proven success and momentum of the Vokey Design Spin Milled series, Titleist was the sand, lob and approach wedge choice of more players for the 8th consecutive year. Titleist accounted for 360 wedges, 54 percent of the field and more than twice the nearest competitor with 139.
PUTTERS: Just as it is on the PGA Tour, Titleist continues to be the most played putter with 147 players, more than twice the nearest competitor with 58.
This week's success is further proof that at every level of competitive golf, whether it is on the PGA Tour, PGA Professional National Championship, U.S. Amateur, NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships, or major junior events, Titleist is committed to providing serious golfers with superior performance and quality golf equipment.
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