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Vijay Singh Wins PGA Championship for Third Career Major with Titleist.

Vijay Singh
2004 PGA Championship Winner

Fairhaven, MA (August 16, 2004) – Calling it "the biggest accomplishment of my career,” Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Vijay Singh captured the 86th PGA Championship in a three-man, three-hole aggregate playoff at demanding Whistling Straits. The threesome, which included Titleist Pro V1 player Chris DiMarco, advanced to extra holes with scores of 8-under par 280. The win is the third major victory for Singh, who won the 1998 PGA Championship and 2000 Masters. The victory also was Singh's PGA Tour-leading fifth of the season, the 20th of his PGA Tour career, and 42nd worldwide.

Singh’s winning performance came against the year's strongest field that included 97 of the world’s 100 top-ranked players. He topped a leader board that featured 9 Titleist golf ball players out of the 12 golfers who finished among Top 10 and ties.

Below is a list of players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the 2004 PGA Championship:

PLAYER
FINISH
GOLF BALL
VIJAY SINGH CHAMPION PRO V1X
CHRIS DIMARCO T2 PRO V1
ERNIE ELS T4 PRO V1X
CHRIS RILEY T4 PRO V1X
PHIL MICKELSON T6 PRO V1
K.J.CHOI T6 PRO V1
PLAYER T6 PRO V1X
ADAM SCOTT T9 PRO V1X
BEN CRANE T9 PRO V1X

Phil Mickelson

26 WINS AND STILL COUNTING: With Singh’s win at the PGA Championship, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 26 victories on the 2004 PGA Tour, more than 8 times the nearest competitor with 3. Additional victories on the PGA European and Nationwide Tours advance Titleist’s 2004 worldwide victory count to 106, more than all other golf balls combined.

CIRCLE OF MAJOR CHAMPIONS: Singh’s victory at the PGA Championship, the year’s fourth and final major, completes the sweep of 2004 major championships by Titleist golf ball players. Singh joins Phil Mickelson (Masters/Pro V1), Retief Goosen (U.S. Open/Pro V1x) and Todd Hamilton (British Open/Pro V1) in the 2004 majors winners’ circle.

Ernie Els

TEE-TO-GREEN SUCCESS: Titleist has long been recognized for its extensive golf ball and equipment usage across the worldwide professional tours, with club professionals and wherever competitive golf is played. At the PGA Championship, participants in what is considered to be golf’s strongest field relied upon Titleist equipment more than any other. In the golf ball category, 104 players relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x models, over five times the nearest competitor with 19. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (36), wedge (120) and putter (59) categories, while 39 players relied upon Titleist Titanium 983 drivers. In addition to featuring 9 Titleist golf ball players who finished among Top 10 and ties, Titleist also was the choice of more Top 10 finishers in the iron (4), wedge (5) and putter (5) categories than any other competitor, and tied for the top spot in drivers (4).

ERNIE AND PHIL:
Titleist ambassadors Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson were the only players to finish among the top 10 in each of the four major championships this year. Mickelson edged Els at the Masters to earn his first career major championship. Mickelson followed that performance with a second place finish at the U.S. Open, third place at the British Open and sixth place at the PGA Championship. In addition to his 2nd place finish at the Masters, Els tied for 9th at the U.S. Open, finished 2nd in a playoff at the British Open, and tied for 4th at the PGA Championship. Els has nine top-10s in his last 12 major championships.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: Gary Emerson (Pro V1) birdied 3 of the last 5 holes en route to a final round 4-under par 68 and a two-stroke victory at the BMW Russian Open. It marked the first career PGA European Tour title for Emerson who finished at 16-under 272. Emerson's win was the 17th for Titleist players on the 2004 PGA European Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 4.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Brad Ott (Pro V1x) fired a final round 8-under par 64 to finish with a tournament record 25-under 263, capturing the Price Cutter Charity Championship by one stroke. Tyler Williamson (Pro V1x) shot a final round 12-under par 60 to finish in a tie for third with David McKenzie (Pro V1x) at 22-under. It marked the first career Nationwide Tour title for Ott and the 16th win for Titleist players this year, more than five times the nearest competitor with 3.

U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Titleist topped the golf ball count with 129 players for 83 percent of the field, and more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15. Titleist also was the driver choice of more players than any other with 56, 20 more than the nearest competitor.

DIRECT FROM THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: To view exclusive pre-tournament and post-round interviews direct from the PGA Championship with Titleist players, including champion Vijay Singh, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.

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