Harrington Wins The Open Championship. Leads Worldwide Sweep For Titleist Golf Balls
Fairhaven, MA (July 23, 2007) - With an unwavering belief in himself and his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Padraig Harrington captured The Open Championship for his first career major. Rallying from six strokes back entering the final round, Harrington triumphed by one shot in a four-hole playoff. His remarkable display of tenacity follows Angel Cabrera's win at the U.S. Open and Zach Johnson's victory at the Masters, making it three straight major championships for Titleist Pro V1x players this year.
Harrington's historic win topped a worldwide sweep by Titleist golf ball players this week. With additional victories on the PGA, LPGA and Nationwide Tours, Titleist's 2007 win total advanced to113, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.
TITLEIST HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 22, 2007
BRITISH OPEN: Harrington closed with a 4-under 67 to make up a six-shot deficit on the overnight leader whom he joined in the playoff at 7-under 277. Harrington played the four playoff holes in even par, seizing control with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Open Championship with 95 players relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 16.
PGA TOUR: New Pro V1x player Joe Ogilvie fired a final round 3-under 67 to earn his first PGA TOUR victory at the U.S. Bank Championship. Ogilvie eagled the 16th hole and birdied the 18th to win by four strokes over three players, including Tim Herron (New Pro V1x) and Charlie Wi (New Pro V1).
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the U.S. Bank Championship with 107 (81%) players relying upon the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the most played iron (36), wedge (137) and putter (49) at the event.
Ogilvie's win marks the 19th by Titleist golf ball players on the 2007 PGA TOUR, more than three times the nearest competitor with 6.
LPGA: Seon Hwa Lee (New Pro V1) won the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship 2 and 1 for her second career LPGA Tour title. Lee, the 2006 LPGA Rookie of the Year and No. 22 seed at the event, won the 15th and 17th holes to secure the victory over the No. 12 seed.
No. 10 Mi Hyun Kim (New Pro V1) defeated No. 40 Maria Hjorth (New Pro V1x) 2-up in the all-Titleist third place match.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, trusted by 49 of the 64 competitors (77%), more than six times the nearest competitor with 8.
The victory is the 11th for Titleist golf ball players on this year's LPGA Tour, more than all other golf balls combined.
NATIONWIDE: Tom Scherrer (New Pro V1x) fired a final round 5-under 65 to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship by four shots. Scherrer finished with a 26-under 262 total for his third career Nationwide Tour victory and first win since the Kemper Open in 2000 on the PGA TOUR. Scherrer's total, which included 25 birdies, an eagle and a second round ace, was the Tour's lowest four-round total of the season and his four shot margin of victory was the largest in tournament history.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Price Cutter Charity Championship with 109 players (74%), more than 6 times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also trusted by more players than any other brand in the iron (39), wedge (119) and putter (56) categories.
The victory is the 12th for Titleist golf ball players on this year's Nationwide Tour, more than all other golf balls combined.
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