HENSBY CAPTURES FIRST CAREER PGA TOUR VICTORY IN JOHN DEERE CLASSIC PLAYOFF.One of five winners across worldwide professional tours this week to trust Titleist.
First Career PGA Tour Victory
Fairhaven, MA (July 12, 2004) – Mark Hensby, who threatened to earn his first PGA Tour title last week at the Cialis Western Open where he tied for third, broke through this week with a playoff victory at the John Deere Classic. The Titleist Pro V1 loyalist, who fired a final round 5-under par 66, parred the second playoff hole for the win. Hensby rallied from four strokes behind the overnight leader to finish at 16-under 268 which included four consecutive rounds in the 60s. He joins a 2004 PGA Tour Winners’ Circle that features 22 Titleist players through the first 28 events.
Vijay Singh also recorded four rounds in the 60s en route to his T4 at the John Deere Classic, moving to the top of the list for rounds in the 60s on the PGA Tour with 37 and to the top of the sub-par rounds list with 50 for the season. Singh, who captured the 2003 John Deere Classic, collected $149,625 for his effort this week and now owns a slim lead over Titleist ambassador Phil Mickelson at the top of the money list.
Hensby’s victory was one of five by Titleist players across the worldwide professional tours, advancing its year-to-date victory count to 82, compared to 25 for the nearest competitor:
PGA European Tour: Thomas Levet trusted the Titleist Pro V1x to match the lowest round of his career, firing a final round 8-under par 63 to capture the Barclays Scottish Open by one stroke. He shot a 29 on Sunday’s back nine that included a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie stretch beginning on the 11th hole. It marked the 3rd career PGA European Tour title for Levet who finished at 15-under 269. Levet earned a spot in this week's British Open that was awarded to the top finisher at Loch Lomond not already eligible. Levet lost to Ernie Els in a five-hole playoff at the Open Championship in 2002. Titleist players have won 13 events on the 2004 PGA European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor with 4.
Champions Tour: Rookie Mark James shot a final round 1-over 73 and held off fellow Titleist Pro V1x player Jose Maria Canizares by one stroke to win the Ford Senior Players Championship. It marked the first career Champions Tour title for James and his first major victory. James finished at 13-under 275. His victory was the 10th by a Titleist player on the 2004 Champions Tour, twice as many as the nearest competitor with 5. James joins Hale Irwin as the two major winners to date on the Champions Tour. Irwin captured the Sr. PGA Championship earlier this year playing the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
Nationwide Tour: Titleist Pro V1x player Kevin Stadler won the Scholarship America Showdown in a four-man playoff and made Nationwide Tour history by winning his first two career Nationwide Tour titles in just four starts, the fastest of any player. Stadler birdied the final hole of regulation to finish at 2-under 68 for the day and earn a position in the record-setting 4th consecutive Nationwide Tour playoff. He topped Titleist players Chris Tidland (Pro V1), Matthew Goggin (Pro V1x), and another competitor in the playoff.
Canadian PGA Tour: Erik Compton relied upon the Pro V1 golf ball to capture the MTS Classic for his second victory of the year. He edged Pro V1x player David Hearn by one stroke. It marked the 8th win for Titleist players through the first 10 events on the Canadian PGA Tour. Compton captured the E-Loan Central Valley Classic earlier this year while Hearn won the Times Colonist Open two weeks ago.
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