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ERNIE ELS AND TITLEIST. THE PERFECT MATCH.

Els Captures Cisco World Match Play Championship for Fourth Time.

 

 
 

Fairhaven, MA (October 21, 2002) - Match by match and victory after victory, Ernie Els emerged as the winner of the Cisco World Match Play Championship for the fourth time in his impressive career.  The triumph was the latest in Ernie's incredible five-win season that also includes victories at the British Open, his third major title, as well as the Genuity Championship, the Heineken Classic and the Dubai Desert Classic.

 

Els, the third-ranked player in the world behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, defeated 14th-ranked Colin Montgomerie in the quarterfinals, eighth-ranked Vijay Singh in the semifinals and fifth-ranked Sergio Garcia 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final to win his fourth Cisco World Match Play Championship in nine years.  Els, who relies upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball for his success, never trailed in any of his final three matches.

 

In addition to Els' superior performance, the Pro V1 was played by Dana Quigley in his SBC Championship victory on the Senior PGA Tour, by David Morland IV in his first career Buy.com Tour win at the Hibernia Southern Open, and by David Smail in his Japan Open win.  Four more victories this week increases Titleist's worldwide win count to 125, 69 more than the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.

 

TITLEIST TOUR HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 20, 2002

At the Disney Golf Classic, a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter was the choice of the champion, marking the 19th win for Cameron putters on the 2002 PGA Tour, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 10.  Sixty-five players negotiated the speedy greens of the Palm and Magnolia Courses at Disney with a Cameron putter, nearly three times as many players as the nearest competitor with 22.  In addition, the champion of the Hibernia Southern Open relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter, increasing the Cameron putter victory count on the Buy.com Tour to 17, more than three times the nearest competitor with 5.

 

The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball was played by each of the top three finishers at the Senior PGA Tour's SBC Championship.  Dana Quigley posted his second winning performance of the year, one stroke clear of runner-up Bob Gilder and two strokes better than third-place finisher Vicente Fernandez for the 1-2-3 sweep.  Quigley's win marked the 23rd for the Titleist Pro V1 on the Senior PGA Tour versus 9 for the nearest competitor.

 

David Smail captured the Japan Open by four strokes for his first victory on the Japan Golf Tour.  Smail, who fired a 9-under par, led a contingent of Pro V1 players who made up the top three finishers in the event, including Jong-Duck Kim and Katsuya Nakawaga, respectively.  Smail's victory is the sixth for Titleist on the Japan Golf Tour.  The Titleist Pro V1 was the most played golf ball at the Japan Open with 38 players, while Titleist's Vokey Design wedges were in the hands of more players than any other with 41.

 

In just his 9th career appearance on the Buy.com Tour, David Morland IV captured the Hibernia Southern Open by three strokes.  The $76,500 first prize improved Morland's position on the Buy.com Tour's official money list from No. 199 to No. 54 in just six events this year, earning him a spot in next week's season-ending Tour Championship consisting of the top-55 players.  Morland becomes the 18th winner on the 2002 Buy.com Tour to play the Pro V1 in victory, more than four times the nearest competitor with 4.

 

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