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Titleist Blazes Worldwide Leaderboards in 2006

Titleist Golf Ball Momentum Reaches New Heights

A prolific record of accomplishment that began 58 years ago on the U.S. PGA TOUR, the longest running success story in golf continued around the world for Titleist golf balls in 2006.   With 150 victories compared to 27 for the nearest competitor, Titleist was once again, the overwhelming choice of more players and more champions across the worldwide major professional tours than all other golf balls combined.

WORLDWIDE GOLF BALL LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
• Titleist golf balls were the choice of more than nine times as many players as the nearest competitor: Titleist: 22,742. Nearest competitor: 2,394;

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls were played to win more than five times as many events across the worldwide tours than the nearest competitor: Titleist: 150. Nearest competitor 27;

 Titleist golf balls were played to win more than six times as much money as the nearest competitor: Titleist: $349,093,196. Nearest competitor: $52,273,492.

• On the 2006 PGA TOUR, Titleist players accumulated 24 victories, more than all other golf balls combined.  With 4,569 players, nearly 3 out of every 4 players on the PGA TOUR teed up Titleist, nine times the nearest competitor with 508.

• 35 of the top 50 money winners on the 2006 PGA TOUR relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including U.S. Open and WGC-Accenture Match Play champion Geoff Ogilvy and TOUR Championship winner Adam Scott.

Davis Love III

• Davis Love III captured the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro after putting a prototype Pro V1x golf ball in play the first week it was available for competition.  Fellow Titleist ambassador Jason Bohn finished runner-up to Love playing the same model.  Padraig Harrington captured the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in a playoff over the world’s top-ranked golfer the first time he put the new Pro V1x into play in competition. 

• Harrington won his first Order of Merit title as the leading money winner on the PGA European Tour with a clutch runner-up finish at the final event of the year. Harrington won the Dunhill Links Championship in October.

Arron Oberholser

• Nine players trusted Titleist golf balls en route to their first career PGA TOUR victories in 2006, including J.B. Holmes (FBR Open), Arron Oberholser (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am), Brett Wetterich (EDS Byron Nelson Championship), J.J. Henry (Buick Championship), John Senden (John Deere Classic), Dean Wilson (The International), Eric Axley (Valero Texas Open) and Troy Matteson (Frys.com Open), as well as the winner of the Verizon Heritage.

• Titleist was the #1 ball at the Ryder Cup with 15 players, including eight from the victorious European team and seven on the United States squad.  Among the Titleist golf ball loyalists on the European Team were Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlsson, Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood.  American players included Chris DiMarco, J.J. Henry, Zach Johnson, Vaughn Taylor, David Toms, Chris DiMarco, Scott Verplank and Brett Wetterich.  The nearest competitor had four golf balls in play.

• Titleist players registered four times as many victories on the 2006 PGA European Tour (Titleist 28, Nearest Competitor 7); more than five times as many victories on the Champions Tour (Titleist 23, Nearest Competitor 4); and eight times as many wins on the Nationwide Tour (Titleist 24, Nearest Competitor 3) than the nearest competitor in 2006.  Titleist players also garnered more wins than all other balls combined on the LPGA Tour with 17.

Jay Haas

• Jay Haas captured the Charles Schwab Cup as the Champions Tour's leading money winner at the final event following a year-long battle with fellow Titleist player Loren Roberts.

• Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Sherri Steinhauer earned her second career LPGA major by capturing the Weetabix Women's British Open.

• Of the 22 players who graduated from the 2006 Nationwide Tour and earned their PGA TOUR cards for 2007 based on final earnings, 19 relied upon Titleist golf balls.  In fact, the top eight money leaders trusted their success to Titleist golf balls, led by Ken Duke who edged Johnson Wagner for the top spot.

Nothing inspires more confidence than a proven record of results.  That's why more of the best trust Titleist, once again the worldwide leader in players, wins and money. 

For a comprehensive list of every Titleist golf ball winner from every major professional tour worldwide in 2006, please visit our Golf Ball
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