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Verplank Trusts Titleist in Emotional Victory at EDS Byron Nelson Championship

Fulfilling a childhood dream, long time Titleist golf ball loyalist Scott Verplank trusted the New Pro V1 to earn the biggest and most emotional victory of his career.  A native Texan, Verplank secured a one-shot win at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship over Pro V1x player Luke Donald.  Additional victories on the LPGA, Asian and Canadian Tours advance Titleist's victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 52, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 7.

Notes from the Tours ...

PGA TOUR: Scott Verplank, who as a teenager growing up in Dallas got to know Byron Nelson, converted a two-foot par putt on the final hole to win the first EDS Byron Nelson Championship played without its namesake.

Verplank closed with a 4-under-66 to finish with a 13-under 267 total, earning his fifth PGA TOUR victory.  Verplank and Donald were the only two players to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60s.  Jerry Kelly (New Pro V1x) and Ian Poulter (New Pro V1x) were among four players tied for third at 10-under.

Verplank's win is the 12th for Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 PGA TOUR, six times the nearest competitor with 2.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the event with 116 (74%) players relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 13.  Titleist was also the choice of more players in the iron (39), wedge (159) and putter (51) categories, and second in drivers (44) and fairway metals (51).

LPGA: New Pro V1 player Silvia Cavalleri became the first Italian winner in LPGA Tour history by firing a 7-under 66 for a two-stroke victory at the Corona Morelia Championship.  Cavalleri finished with a 20-under 272 total.  

Titleist was the choice of 83 players,  nearly four times the nearest competitor with 22.  

The win is the 4th by Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 LPGA Tour, twice the nearest competitor with 2.

NATIONWIDE:  New Pro V1x players Chris Baryla, Bryn Parry and Roland Thatcher participated in a four-way playoff at the Henrico County Open.  The trio finished at 13-under 275 along with the eventual champion.  Three other New Pro V1x players - Greg Chalmers, Brad Elder and Chris Smith -finished one shot back.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 115 (74%) players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14.  Titleist was also trusted by more players than any other brand in the iron (47), wedge (134) and putter (70) categories.

CANADA: New Pro V1x player Byron Smith fired a final round 5-under 67 to win the Corona Mazatlan Classic Mexican PGA Championship by three strokes.  It marked the first Canadian Tour title for Smith who finished with a 19-under 269 total.  It was also the third consecutive victory in the first three weeks for Titleist golf ball players on the Canadian PGA Tour.

ASIAN:  New Pro V1x player Gaurav Ghei won the Beijing Open for his third career victory on the Asian Tour.  Ghei played a bogey-free final round to finish at 14-under 274 and earn a two-stroke victory over fellow Titleist golf ball player Adam Blyth of Australia.  Nine out of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was the preferred golf ball of choice at the event with 122 players (78%), more than eight times the nearest competitor.

KOREAN: Rookie KyungTae Kim, who just turned professional this year, captured the Korean PGA Tour's season-opening Tomato Zephyros Open.  Kim is a full-line Titleist staffer.  In addition to the New Pro V1x golf ball, he relies upon the Pro Titanium 905R (8.5) driver, 906F 15 and 18 degree fairway metals, 695MB (3-PW) irons, Vokey Design sand (52) wedge and Vokey Design Spin Milled lob (58) wedge.  Of the 13 players who finished in the top 10 and ties, 12 relied on Titleist golf balls.

Titleist was the preferred golf ball of choice at the event with 80 players, more than all other golf balls combined.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR:  To view exclusive round-by-round interviews with Titleist players from the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, including champion Scott Verplank, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at: http://titleist.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1

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