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Phil Mickelson Captures Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in First Start of the Year

Phil Mickelson
Wins the 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic

Fairhaven, MA (January 27, 2004) – The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic represented Phil Mickelson’s first start of the 2004 season and he made the most of his first opportunity for victory. Teeing up a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball and carrying a bag full of Titleist equipment, Phil proceeded to win on the first hole of a playoff over fellow Pro V1 player Skip Kendall. Both players shot five consecutive rounds in the 60’s for a 90-hole 30-under par 330.

Fellow Pro V1 player, Skip Kendall lost in a playoff against Mickelson.

In addition to the Pro V1 golf ball, Mickelson relied upon the Titleist Titanium 983K (9.5) driver, Pro Trajectory 980F 3-wood(13.0), Titleist 731PM irons (3, 5-9), Vokey Design Pitching, Approach (52), Sand (56) and Lob (60) wedges, and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura putter. Last week, Ernie Els played the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs in his first victory of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Mickelson’s win marked the second time in three years that he has captured the Hope, increasing his illustrious PGA Tour career victory total to 22, all while trusting a Titleist golf ball. In fact, each of the 7 players who finished among the top 5 and ties played Titleist, including Jay Haas (3rd/Pro V1) who finished one shot back, and Jonathan Kaye (Pro V1x) who shot a final round 64 to finish fourth. Kenny Perry and Ben Crane were among three Titleist Pro V1x players who tied for 5th.


Below is a list of the 13 Titleist golf ball players who were among the top 15 finishers at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic:

PLAYER
FINISH
GOLF BALL
PHIL MICKELSON CHAMPION* PRO V1
SKIP KENDALL 2nd* PRO V1
JAY HAAS 3rd PRO V1
JONATHAN KAYE 4th PRO V1X
BEN CRANE T5th PRO V1x
KENNY PERRY T5th PRO V1x
PLAYER T5th PRO V1x
HARRISON FRAZER T9th PRO V1
KENT JONES T9th PRO V1
J.L. LEWIS T9th PRO V1x
RODNEY PAMPLING T9th PRO V1X
CHRIS RILEY T9th PRO V1
KIRK TRIPLETT T9th PRO V1X

* - playoff

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: On the PGA European Tour, Germany's Marcel Siem (Pro V1x) made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win a three-way playoff at the Dunhill Championship. It marked the first career victory for Siem, who shot a final-round 6-under-par 66 to finish at 22-under 266. Siem is the fifth straight first-time winner at Dunhill. Titleist players have won 2 out of the first 3 events on the 2004 PGA European Tour.

Full line Titleist staff player, Jay Haas placed third at the Hope.

CLUB TITLEIST: Three of the top five finishers at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic were full-line Titleist staff players. In addition to Mickelson’s winning success, Jay Haas placed third playing the Titleist Titanium 983K driver, Titleist Forged 690CB irons, Vokey Design Sand and Lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Laguna putter. Ben Crane tied for fifth playing a Titleist 983K driver, Titleist Forged irons, and Vokey Design Approach, Sand and Lob wedges.

RECORD ROUND: Robert Gamez, another full-line Titleist ambassador who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball and 14 Titleist clubs, set the course record at Indian Wells Country Club with a third round 12-under par 60. Gamez blistered the front nine (his back nine) with 7 birdies and an eagle for a 9-under 27, which set the nine-hole tournament record and tied the PGA TOUR record. He had a streak of five consecutive birdies and an eagle on Nos. 18 through 5. The nine-hole 27 by Gamez tied the PGA TOUR record held by Mike Souchak (1955 Texas Open), Andy North (1975 B.C. Open) and Billy Mayfair (2001 Buick Open). Gamez’ equipment arsenal includes a Titleist Titanium 983E driver, Pro Trajectory 980F 3- and 4-woods, Titleist Forged irons (3-PW), Vokey Design Sand (54) and Lob (60) wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura putter.

GOIN’ SOUTH: Phil Mickelson’s victory marks the third consecutive year in which a lefty has won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Southpaw Mike Weir won last year's Hope playing the Titleist Pro V1, while Mickelson won the event in 2002. It is the first time in PGA Tour history in which a lefty has won the same event three consecutive years.

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