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A STRONG CAST. AND A WINNING SCRIPT.

Singh Captures TOUR Championship. Toms, Love and Mickelson Post Top 5 Finishes.

 
 

Fairhaven, MA (November 4, 2002) - The cast at the Tour Championship included the year's top 30 money winners, and the season finale went according to script.  Vijay Singh relied upon the Pro V1 Star to fire a final round 3-under par 67 and topped a leaderboard that featured fellow Pro V1 loyalists David Toms (3rd) and Phil Mickelson (T 5th) and Pro V1 Star player Davis Love III (T 5th) among the top five finishers. In yet another sensational season where Titleist was the choice of 23 champions on the 2002 PGA Tour, nearly three times more than its nearest competitor, the reviews are unanimous.  When the world's greatest players compete for golf's greatest titles, more of them choose the Tour champion. Titleist.

While Singh and Company was closing the curtain on the PGA Tour season, Titleist players were winning around the globe.  Like Vijay, Grace Park relied upon the Pro V1 Star in her victory at the World Ladies Match Play Championship in Japan.  Park won four matches en route to her first victory of the year, the clincher coming with a birdie on the 22nd hole.  It marked the third career title for Park, who has won an event in each of her three years on tour.  It was the 11th win for Titleist on the 2002 LPGA Tour.

Brendan Jones became the third consecutive first-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, capturing the Philip Morris Championship by two strokes.  A second-year player on the JGTO, Jones relied upon the Pro V1 in his wire-to-wire victory where he posted a 19-under 269 total.  The highest winning payout on the Japan Golf Tour vaulted Jones to seventh on the money list this season.  It marked the 7th victory of the year for Titleist on the JGTO.  Titleist was also the leading choice of more players for a tour-leading 11th time this year.

On the Australasian Tour, 20-year old Andrew Buckle won the Queensland Open in his first event as a professional.  The native Queenslander and Pro V1 player fired consecutive 4-under par 68's on the weekend to win by two strokes. 

TITLEIST TOUR NOTES FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 4, 2002

PUTTING FOR DOUGH: Five of the six players who finished among the top five and ties at the TOUR Championship trusted their putting to Scotty Cameron by Titleist models.  The champion relied upon a Mid Sur belly putter and finished tied for 4th in putts per round.  His 82-foot putt for eagle on the 15th hole on Saturday catapulted him to a three-stroke lead heading into the fourth round.   Phil Mickelson was second in putts per round with his Futura prototype, which was also played by the fourth place finisher.  Davis Love III tied for fourth in putts per round relying upon a Studio Stainless Newport Beach model.  The five players, which also included the third place finisher (7th in putts per round), combined to win $1.865 million for the week, giving new meaning to the saying ''drive for show, putt for dough.''  Scotty Cameron putters were the choice of 20 champions on the PGA Tour this year, twice as many as the nearest competitor with 10.

GLOBAL WINNING: Four more wins across three different continents this week increase Titleist's victory count on the worldwide professional tours to 132, 74 more than the nearest competitor and overwhelmingly more than all other golf balls combined.

DRIVING IN DIXIE: The winner of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss. relied upon a Titleist Pro Titanium 975JVS driver for his success at the rain-shortened event which signaled the official end to the 2002 PGA Tour campaign.  It marked the 10th victory of the year for Titleist Pro Titanium driver family that also includes the popular 975J and 975LFE 975LFEmodels.

Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra and Pinnacle comprise the major golf brands of Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE-FO). 

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