A Banner Year for Titleist Golf Clubs in 2006
From tee-to-green, players trusting Titleist golf clubs enjoyed overwhelming success on the 2006 PGA Tour culminating with full-line ambassador Adam Scott's season-ending victory at the TOUR Championship. With 27 of the top money winners competing in the TOUR Championship field, Titleist was the choice of more players than any other brand across every major equipment category.
In fact, a total of nine Titleist full-line ambassadors, or one-third of the field, participated in the TOUR Championship. In addition to Scott, other Titleist golf equipment loyalists included Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Lucas Glover, Arron Oberholser, Zach Johnson, Brett Quigley, Tom Pernice, Jr., and Ben Curtis. The event was the culmination of the momentum Titleist enjoyed throughout the year as the Pro Titanium 905R was the #1 460cc driver on the 2006 PGA TOUR, while Titleist irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters were most played in their respective categories.
Adam Scott's victory, his second of the year which vaulted him to the No. 4 in the World Rankings, was just one of several noteworthy accomplishments by Titleist ambassadors in a season filled with high-profile highlights across the PGA Tour, worldwide professional tours, the PGA Professional National Championship and wherever competitive golf was played:
* Arron Oberholser earned his first career PGA Tour title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
* The winner of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship relied upon a Titleist Pro Titanium 905 driver, two PT 906F fairway metals and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter en route to his first career PGA TOUR victory. The winner finished among the Top 10 in both Driving Accuracy (T8/64.3) and Driving Distance (9th/305.6) en route to his breakthrough victory and a steppingstone to his spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
* Ben Curtis, winner of the 2003 British Open, added two more wins to his resume this year, capturing the weather-delayed Booz Allen Classic in June and the 84 Lumber Classic in September. In both victories, Curtis played the Pro Titanium 905R driver, PT 906F2 fairway metal, 735.CM irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron putter.
* A week after Curtis' second victory of the year, Titleist ambassador Eric Axley broke through for the first of his career with a three-shot win at the Valero Texas Open. Axley relied upon the Pro Titanium 905R driver, 690MB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter for his success.
* Titleist ambassador Davis Love III fired a final round 6-under 66 to capture his 19th career PGA Tour title. Playing the Pro Titanium 905R driver, PT 906 3-wood, PT 585.H utility metal, 680 irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter, Love finished at 16-under 272, two shots clear of fellow full-line Titleist staff professional Jason Bohn. Bohn matched Love's final round score off 66 playing the Pro Titanium 905R driver, PT 906F2 3-wood, Forged 670 irons, Vokey Design pitch, sand and Spin Milled lob wedges and Scotty Cameron putter.
Davis Love III
* Troy Matteson became the fourth Titleist full-line ambassador in five weeks to win on the PGA TOUR when he captured the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas. It marked the first career PGA TOUR title for the rookie who relied upon a Pro Titanium 905R driver, 755 irons and Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges for his success. Matteson edged fellow Titleist ambassador Ben Crane (Pro Titanium 905R driver, 755 irons, Vokey Design approach wedge and Spin Milled sand and lob wedges) by one shot. Matteson concluded the season with five consecutive Top-10 finishes.
* Ernie Els finished the year strong with five Top-10 finishes in his last seven starts beginning with a third place finish at the British Open. Els qualified for the TOUR Championship and posted a T10 finish while putting a new Titleist prototype driver in play for the first time in competition.
* Full-line ambassador Zach Johnson made his first Ryder Cup team and finished 24th on the money list.
* Steve Stricker enjoyed his best year on Tour, recording seven top-10 finishes to climb 280 positions in the World Golf Rankings.
* Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters were the most played wedges and putters at every full-field PGA Tour tournament this year.
* Scotty Cameron putters recorded 25 wins on the PGA Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all other competitors combined. This is the 10th consecutive year Cameron putters have been the most played and most victorious on the PGA Tour.
* At the PGA Professional National Championship, where Titleist receives serious player affirmation that its objectives of quality and high performance are met by PGA professionals who devote their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game of golf, the momentum and unmatched success of Titleist across every major equipment category was evident once again. From drivers (172) and fairway metals (158), to irons (165), wedges (360) and putters (147), more players made in the 312-player field made Titleist their top choice in equipment at the 2006 PGA Professional National Championship than any other.
* 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.
Ron Philo, Jr.
* Titleist was the overwhelming golf club favorite at the U.S. Amateur with more players relying on Titleist than any other brand in the driver (146/47%), fairway metal (144/30%), iron (142/46%), utility iron (30/59%), wedge (380/56%) and putter (148/47%) categories.
* Titleist made the grade at the NCAA Men's Division I Championship where it was the leading tee-to-green choice of more players than any other brand across every major golf club category, including drivers (79), fairway metals (67), iron sets (71), approach, sand and lob wedges (198) and putters (79). In fact, the individual men's champion relied on a full bag of Titleist equipment, including a Pro Titanium 905 driver, Pro Trajectory 904F fairway metal, 735.CM irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter.
* Titleist was the top choice across every major equipment category at U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with more drivers (74), iron sets (64), utility irons (14), sand, lob and approach wedges (180) and putters (103) in play than any other brand in the 156-player field.
This year's success is further proof that at every level of competitive golf, whether it is on the PGA Tour, PGA Professional National Championship, or major amateur and junior events, Titleist is committed to providing serious golfers with superior performance and quality golf equipment. To learn more about Titleist's golf club success, please visit the Titleist Golf Club leaderboard at: http://titleist.com/leaderboard/default.asp.
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