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Titleist Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson and Adam Scott Finish 1-2 at Sony Open

Fairhaven, MA (January 19, 2009) – While the season-opening Hawaii Swing came to a close, the momentum of Titleist continued.  Titleist Brand Ambassadors posted a 1-2 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii, as Zach Johnson fired four consecutive rounds in the 60's to edge Adam Scott by two shots.  Scott tied for second with Titleist golf ball loyalist David Toms, both of whom trusted the new 2009 Pro V1 for their success.

The Sony Open marked the first full field event of the 2009 PGA TOUR season, and more players teed up the New 2009 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls than any other model.  Of the 144 players in the field, 98 (66%) trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, over five times the nearest competitor with 18.  A combined 41 players relied upon the New 2009 Pro V1 (22) and Pro V1x (19).  In addition to Scott and Toms’ runner-up finishes with the New 2009 Pro V1, Titleist Brand Ambassadors George McNeill and Bill Haas finished T7 and T9, respectively, playing the New 2009 Pro V1 golf ball.  It marks the second runner-up finish in as many weeks for the new golf balls, as Davis Love III finished second to Geoff Ogilvy playing the New 2009 Pro V1x at last week’s Mercedes-Benz Championship.  The New 2009 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will begin shipping to golf shops in February.

At the Sony Open, Johnson closed with a 5-under 65 to finish at 15-under 265, securing his fifth career PGA Tour title.  Scott fired a final round 6-under 64, while Toms closed with a 66.   Johnson is off to a scorching start this season, finishing 6th at the season-opening, winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship last week.  Statistically, Johnson tied for 3rd in Driving Accuracy with his Titleist 909D2 driver, while Adam Scott was 2nd in Putts Per Round (27.0) and 4th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.667) with his Scotty Cameron putter.

What's in Zach Johnson's Titleist Bag?:
Pro V1x golf ball
909D2 driver (8.5)
909F2 fairway metals (13.5, 18.5)
909H hybrid (21.0)
AP2 irons (4-9)
Vokey Design pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges
Spin Milled lob (60) wedge

What’s in Adam Scott’s Titleist Bag?:
New 2009 Pro V1 golf ball
909D2 driver (9.5)
909F2 fairway metal  (15.5)
909H hybrid (21.0)
AP2 irons  (3-9)
Vokey Design pitching (49)
Spin Milled sand (54) and lob (60) wedges
Scotty Cameron prototype putter

Of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the Sony Open in Hawaii, nine relied upon Titleist golf balls, including the four who trusted the New 2009 Pro V1.  In addition, six players who finished among the Top 10 and ties were full-line Titleist Brand Ambassadors.

Titleist players following Johnson, Scott and Toms on the leaderboard were new Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, AP2 irons, Vokey Design sand wedge, Spin Milled lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) and Brian Gay (Pro V1), who tied for 5th.  Titleist Brand Ambassador George McNeill (New 2009 Pro V1, 909D3 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 695MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS) and Steve Marino (Pro V1x) tied for 7th. 

Playing in his first event since earning his PGA TOUR card, rookie Webb Simpson (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, 680 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD wedge, Spin Milled lob wedge) tied for 9th with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas (New 2009 Pro V1, 909D2 driver, 906F2 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter).

In addition to being the overwhelming top choice among players in the golf ball category, Titleist was also first in iron sets (42), wedges (134) and putters (48).  Titleist was second in drivers (37) and fairway metals (44). 

EUROPEAN TOUR:  Titleist Brand ambassador Martin Kaymer of Germany (Pro V1, 909F3 fairway metal, 585.H utility metal, ZM Forged irons, Vokey Design wedges) and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) finished T2 by one shot at the Abu Dhabi Championship.  Kaymer, the defending champion, eagled the last hole in regulation for a round of 67 to finish at 20-under 268.

England's Anthony Wall (Pro V1x) finished solo fourth at 18-under 270.  Finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place were Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metal , ZM Forged irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Spin Milled gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback putter), Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x) and Johan Edfors (Pro V1x).  Six of the top seven finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Abu Dhabi Championship with 66 players, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 23.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS DIRECT FROM THE TOUR:  To view exclusive round-by-round interviews with Titleist players from every PGA TOUR event, including Sony Open in Hawaii winner and runner-up Zach Johnson and Adam Scott, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at:  http://www.titleist.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211) or joe.gomes@acushnetgolf.com.

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