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THE SUMMER OF LOVE.

Davis Love III Wins The International for Fourth Victory of Year with Titleist.

Fairhaven, MA (August 11, 2003) - Playing the best stretch of golf in his illustrious career heading into the season’s final major, Davis Love III captured his personal best fourth victory of the year and the 18th of his career in record fashion at The International. At the only event on Tour that utilizes a scoring system in which the player with the highest number wins, Love, who also won the event in 1990, posted some impressive statistics. His wire-to-wire performance included 36 and 54-hole scoring records of 36 and 41 points, respectively, and he won by a tournament record 12 points. The victory also vaulted him to the top of the 2003 PGA Tour money list with more than $5 million in official earnings. Additional wins this week on the PGA European, LPGA and Japan Golf tours increased Titleist's 2003 victory total to 96, 70 more than the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.

Throughout his career year, Love has relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball and a bag filled with 14 Titleist golf clubs. His equipment arsenal includes a Titleist Titanium 983E (7.5) driver, Titleist PT 3-wood (13.0), Forged 680 irons (2-9), Vokey Design pitching (50) wedge, DL III Forged sand (52) and lob (56) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Beach putter. In fact, Love topped a leaderboard that included 9 of the top 12 finishers, including each of the top seven. Below is the list of Titleist players who finished among the Top 10 and ties:

PGA TOUR PLAYER FINISH TITLEIST GOLF BALL

Davis Love III

Champion

Pro V1x

Retief Goosen

T2

Pro V1x

Vijay Singh

T2

Pro V1x

Chris DiMarco

4th

New Pro V1

John Rollins

5th

Pro V1

Ernie Els

T6

Pro V1x

Phil Mickelson

T6

Pro V1x

Paul Casey

T10

New Pro V1

Bob Tway

T10

Pro V1x

LOVE NOTES:

Love’s victory marks the 23rd for Titleist on the 2003 PGA Tour through the first 33 events of the season. He becomes the second player this year to win four times on the PGA Tour. He had already won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (February), THE PLAYERS Championship (March) and MCI Heritage (April). In fact, he has won all four events multiple times during his career.

Love is among eight players who have registered multiple victories this year on the PGA Tour, including six (Els/2, Love/4, Kenny Perry/3, Singh/2, David Toms/2, Mike Weir/3) who trust Titleist for their success. With 16 wins between them, the sixsome has combined for nearly half of the victories through the Tour’s 33 events.

Love moved into third position in the Official World Rankings following the victory, behind fellow Titleist ambassador and World No. 2 Ernie Els. Titleist players account for 8 of the Top 10 on the list. Following Els (Pro V1x) and Love (Pro V1x) are No. 4 Vijay Singh (Pro V1x), No. 6 Mike Weir (New Pro V1), No. 7 David Toms (Pro V1x), No. 8 Kenny Perry (Pro V1x), No. 9 Player (Pro V1x) and No. 10 Phil Mickelson (Pro V1x).

Love credited his putting prowess in part for the victory: ''I basically won it with my putter the first two days,” stated Love following the win. He topped the list in putting statistics for the week trusting his game to a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Beach model. Cameron putters have been played by the winners of 24 of the 33 PGA Tour events this year, including two of the first three major champions, and six times more than the nearest competitor with 4.

Love recorded three eagles in the second round at Castle Pine Golf Club, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat this season.

LPGA Tour: Hee-Won Han edged fellow Titleist Pro V1 player Wendy Ward by draining a 25-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff at the Wendy's Championship for Children. It marked her second victory of the season and the 10th for Titleist on the 2003 LPGA Tour. Ward earned a position in the playoff after firing a final round 9-under par 63 that included five birdies and an eagle for a 29 on the front nine. Joining Han and Ward on the leaderboard were Michele Redman (New Pro V1), Juli Inkster (New Pro V1) and Candie Kung (Pro V1x) who finished third through fifth, respectively, giving Titleist players a Top 5 sweep.

PGA European Tour: The champion trusted the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball en route to a final round 6-under par 66 and a one-stroke victory at the inaugural Nordic Open. It marked the second victory of the year for the winner who won the Wales Open in June. It was his fifth career victory. The win is the 15th for Titleist on the 2003 PGA European Tour season.

Japan Golf Tour: New Pro V1 player Brendan Jones fired a final round 4-under par 68 earning his position in a playoff to capture the Sun Chlorella Classic and Titleist's 5th victory on the Japan Tour. Jones birdied the first playoff hole to earn his second career victory on the JGTO.

U.S. Women’s Amateur: It was a showdown of a pair of Titleist Pro V1x players in the 2 and 1 36-hole final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Philadelphia CC. In fact, all four players who advanced to the semifinals relied upon the Pro V1x for their success. A total of 136 players, or more than 87 percent of the 156-player field trusted their game to Titleist, more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 12 players. Titleist Titanium was also the most played driver with 56 players, 16 more than the nearest competitor.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive interviews with The International winner Davis Love III, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com. Please direct any other questions or requests to Joe Gomes, Director of Communications at 508.979.3211 or by email to: joe_gomes@acushnetgolf.com.

Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO). Titleist, Cobra, FootJoy, Pro V1, Pro V1x, Titleist Titanium, PT, Forged 680, Vokey Design and Scotty Cameron by Titleist are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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