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Titleist is the Overwhelming Tee-to-Green Equipment Favorite at U.S. Amateur

As the country's top amateurs gathered at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. last week to compete for the national championship, 280 players, or 90 percent of the field of 312, made Titleist their overwhelming #1 golf ball choice, compared to just 12 players for the nearest competitor.

In fact, it was an all-Titleist Pro V1x final four, culminating with the champion taking a 3-up lead through 13 holes and holding on to win the 36-hole final 4 and 2.  The champion also relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura putter for his success.  

The U.S. Amateur continues the golf ball momentum Titleist has enjoyed on the 2005 PGA Tour and across all of the worldwide professional tours, the PGA Professional National Championship, and at every level of competitive amateur golf.

In addition to being the top choice in golf balls at the U.S. Amateur, Titleist was also the favorite among more players in the driver, fairway metal, iron, utility iron, wedge and putter categories.

Continued proof, that whether it is on tour or at amateur events where endorsement money is taken out of the equation, Titleist is indeed, Golf's Symbol of Excellence.  

Below are the major equipment category counts from the 2006 U.S. Amateur:

GOLF BALLS     
TITLEIST      280 (90%)
Nearest Competitor      12

DRIVERS
TITLEIST      146 (47%)
Nearest Competitor      62

FAIRWAY METALS
TITLEIST      144 (30%)
Nearest Competitor      102

IRON SETS
TITLEIST      142 (46%)
Nearest Competitor      50

UTILITY IRONS
TITLEIST      30 (59%)
Nearest Competitor      5

WEDGES*
TITLEIST      380 (56%)
Nearest Competitor      152
* - approach, sand and lob wedges.

PUTTERS
TITLEIST      154 (47%)
Nearest Competitor      61

The U.S. Amateur marks the latest in several high profile amateur championships this year where the trust and confidence in Titleist golf balls has never been stronger.  From the U.S. Women's Amateur to the U.S. Amateur Public Links, to the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, Titleist continues to be the overwhelming favorite of more competitive players than all other golf balls combined:

EVENT                               GOLF BALLS
U.S. Women's Amateur
TITLEIST                           138 (89%)
Nearest Competitor               18 ( 5%)

U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links
TITLEIST                           144 (92%)
Nearest Competitor                 6 ( 4%)

U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
TITLEIST                           123 (84%)
Nearest Competitor               10 ( 7%)

NCAA Division I Men's
TITLEIST                           144 (92%)
Nearest Competitor                 6 ( 4%)

NCAA Division I Women's
TITLEIST                           115 (91%)
Nearest Competitor                 8 ( 6%)

U.S. Junior Amateur        
TITLEIST                           138 (89%)
Nearest Competitor               10 ( 6%)

U.S. Girls' Junior        
TITLEIST                           130 (83%)
Nearest Competitor               12 ( 8%)

Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO).  Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra and Scotty Cameron are trademarks owned by Acushnet Company.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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