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TOMS DEFENDS FED EX ST. JUDE CLASSIC WITH TITLEIST.

David Toms Wins 2004 FED EX St. Jude Classic

Fairhaven, MA (May 31, 2004) – Perseverance paid off for David Toms at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he successfully defended his title and earned his 10th career crown. Forced to sit out several early-season events while recovering from surgery on his left wrist, Toms’ 6-stroke win tied the largest margin of victory on the 2004 PGA Tour and was his first since last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic. A Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist, Toms topped a leaderboard that featured four Titleist golf ball players - Bob Estes (2nd/Pro V1), Tim Herron (T3/Pro V1x) and Steve Lowery (T3/Pro V1x) - among the top three and ties. The win was the 17th for Titleist players through the first 22 events of the season. Additional wins in Europe and Japan advances Titleist’s victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 58, more than all other golf balls combined. Additional Titleist highlights this week include:

PGA TOUR:
Toms is the third player to win back-to-back FedEx St. Jude Classic titles, and the first since 1971-72. Toms also defended the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill with consecutive wins in 2000 and 2001. He also becomes the fourth player to successfully defend a PGA Tour title this year, three of whom rely upon Titleist. Toms joins Ernie Els (Pro V1x/Sony Open) and Mike Weir (Pro V1/Nissan Open
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Toms' 6-stroke victory margin matched fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Chad Campbell’s win at the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational for the largest on the 2004 PGA Tour.

David Toms' 195 total tied the lowest 54-hole total of the 2004 season set by Titleist ambassador Phil Mickelson at the 90-hole Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Mickelson also went on to win the event.

Full-line Titleist ambassador andPro V1x player Tom Pernice, Jr. fired a back nine 7-under-par 29 on Saturday to tie the FedEx St. Jude Classic scoring record for nine holes shared by four others.

PGA European Tour: "I just got on my game and it’s a dream" is the way Scott Drummond described his victory at the prestigious Volvo PGA Championship, his first career title on the PGA European Tour. Playing in the event for the first time, Drummond fired a final round 8-under par 64 to finish at 19-under 269, two strokes better than fellow Titleist Pro V1x player and runner-up Angel Cabrera. Joakim Haeggman (Pro V1) placed solo third at 272 to give Titleist a 1-2-3 finish. Titleist Pro V1x players Darren Clarke and Anders Hansen finished in a three-way tie for 4th. The event featured one of the strongest fields on the PGA European Tour schedule. The victory is the eighth for Titleist players on the 2004 PGA European Tour, twice as many as the nearest competitor with 4. The celebration continues for Drummond who turned 30 on Saturday and welcomed his first child last month.

Japan Tour: Tetsuji Hiratsuka relied upon the Titleist Pro V1x for a 5-stroke win at the Mitsubishi Diamond Cup.  Hiratsuka fired a steady 13-under par 275 en route to the victory, playing bogey-free golf over the final 41 holes.  Titleist owns a JGTO Tour-leading three golf ball and three putter victories this season.

Direct from the Tour: To view exclusive interviews following every round of every PGA Tour event, including this week’s FedEx St. Jude champion David Toms, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.

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