THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXCELLENCE.Zach Johnson Earns First Career PGA Tour Victory With Titleist.
Winner of the 2004 BellSouth Classic
When 28-year old Zach Johnson captured the BellSouth Classic, he became the third winner in his 20s to earn a PGA Tour title this year. All of these up-and-coming players have one golf ball in common. Titleist. After earning Player of the Year honors and topping the money list on the 2003 Nationwide Tour, Johnson continued his solid run of success with a gutsy performance that cemented his status as a player to watch on the PGA Tour. Posting his first victory in just 13 career PGA Tour starts, Johnson follows last week’s champion and fellow Titleist ambassador Adam Scott as yet another young winner relying upon the Pro V1x and carrying a bag full of Titleist equipment.
WHAT’S IN ZACH’S BAG?: Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x; Driver: Titleist Titanium 983K(8.5); Irons: Titleist DCI (3-9); Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Pitching (48) Sand (54) and Lob (60).
A 10th WITH TITLEIST: Johnson’s victory at the BellSouth Classic marked the 10th by players relying upon Titleist golf balls through the first 14 events on the 2004 PGA Tour. The nearest competitors have one each. Johnson (Pro V1x) joins Adam Scott (Pro V1x/The Players Championship), Chad Campbell (Pro V1x/Bay Hill Invitational), Todd Hamilton (Pro V1/Honda Classic), Heath Slocum (Pro V1x/Chrysler Classic of Tucson), Mike Weir (Pro V1/Nissan Open), Vijay Singh (Pro V1x/AT&T Pebble Beach), Jonathan Kaye (Pro V1x/FBR Open), Phil Mickelson (Pro V1/Bob Hope) and Ernie Els (Pro V1x/Sony Open) in Titleist’s 2004 Winners’ Circle.
MARK-ED MAN: While Zach Johnson was putting the finishing touches on his first career PGA Tour victory, Mark Hensby, another 2003 Nationwide Tour graduate seeking his first PGA Tour title, waited for the possibility of a playoff. Hensby, who relies upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball for his success, had just fired a final round 5-under 67, the best round of the day by two strokes. Johnson calmly parred the final hole, however, edging Hensby for a one shot win and giving Titleist another 1-2 finish.
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Johnson also became the third first-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2004, joining fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists Heath Slocum (Chrylser Classic of Tucson) and Todd Hamilton (Honda Classic) in that category. None of the three, however, are strangers to the winners’ circle. Johnson won twice on the 2003 Nationwide Tour, Slocum earned a “battlefield” promotion to the PGA Tour after winning three Nationwide Tour events in 2001, and Hamilton had won six times in Japan before earning his 2004 PGA Tour card. Prior to winning the Honda Classic, Hamilton noted that his “biggest thrill in golf was winning his first tournament.”
TITLEIST TITANIUM 983-AOK: For the fourth time this season, a champion on the PGA Tour trusted a Titleist Titanium 983 driver for his success. Zach Johnson relied upon the 983K (8.5) en route to his first career win. He joins Ernie Els (Sony Open/983K), Phil Mickelson (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic/983K) and Adam Scott (The Players Championship/983E) who have relied upon Titleist Titanium 983 drivers in victory this year. Titleist Titanium 983 drivers have been played to win more than 10 times across the worldwide professional tours already this year.
DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive post-round interviews from the BellSouth Classic with champion Zach Johnson and runner-up Mark Hensby, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature at www.titleist.com.
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