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WOODY AUSTIN WINS BUICK CHAMPIONSHIP IN ALL-TITLEIST PRO V1x PLAYOFF.

Tops Tim Herron on First Playoff Hole for 2nd Career Win.

Woody Austin

Fairhaven, MA (August 30, 2004) – Woody Austin converted a six-foot birdie putt to top Tim Herron on the first hole of an all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff at the Buick Championship. It marked the second career PGA Tour victory for Austin, and the first since his rookie season nine years ago. Austin and Herron were final round playing partners who began the day three strokes behind the overnight leader. Both players shot final round 4-under par 66s to finish at 10-under in regulation. They topped a leaderboard that included 10 Titleist golf ball players among the 12 who finished in the Top 10 and ties:

PLAYER
FINISH
GOLF BALL
WOODY AUSTIN
CHAMPION
PRO V1X
TIM HERRON
2ND
PRO V1X
ZACH JOHNSON
T3
PRO V1X
TOM PERNICE JR.
T3
PRO V1X
MATT GOGEL
T6
PRO V1X
COREY PAVIN
T6
PRO V1X
TOM BYRUM
T9
PRO V1
TODD FISCHER
T9
PRO V1X
JEFF SLUMAN
T9
PRO V1
KEVIN SUTHERLAND
T9
PRO V1X

Tim Herron

Austin's win marks the 27th for Titleist golf ball players through the first 37 events on the 2004 PGA Tour, compared to 4 for the nearest competitor.

Both of Austin’s career victories have come in a playoff. His first was at the 1995 Buick Open.

Matt Gogel was the only player to shoot four under-par rounds (67-69-69-67) at the TPC at River Highlands, finishing in a two-way tie for 6th.

Corey Pavin

Titleist Pro V1 player Jeff Sluman fired an 8-under 62 Sunday to tie Pro V1x loyalist Corey Pavin for low round of the tournament. Sluman had five birdies on the front nine and four on the back to equal his career low. Sluman finished in a four-way tie for 9th, while Pavin tied for 6th.

SEEING RED: The Buick Championship winner relied upon the new Scotty Cameron by Titleist Red X putter in his winning effort. It marks the first PGA Tour event in which the popular Cameron mallet model has been played by a winner since its introduction this summer. The Red X and Red X2 designs have been played by more than 25 different players on the PGA Tour. The Buick Championship win advances the victory count for Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters on the 2004 PGA Tour to 14, more than three times the nearest competitor with 4.

TITLEIST PLAYERS TOP RYDER CUP ROSTERS: European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer finalized his roster selections following the BMW International and 10 of his 12 players rely upon Titleist golf balls for their success. The United States roster, finalized by captain Hal Sutton following the PGA Championship, features 8 Titleist golf ball loyalists. Listed below are the 18 Titleist golf ball players that account for 75 percent of the combined Ryder Cup rosters (listed alphabetically by team):

UNITED STATES ROSTER
TITLEIST GOLF BALL MODEL
CHAD CAMPBELL PRO V1X
CHRIS DIMARCO PRO V1
JAY HAAS PRO V1
DAVIS LOVE III PRO V1X
PHIL MICKELSON PRO V1
KENNY PERRY PRO V1X
CHRIS RILEY PRO V1X
DAVID TOMS PRO V1X
EUROPEAN ROSTER
TITLEIST GOLF BALL MODEL
PAUL CASEY PRO V1
DARREN CLARKE PRO V1X
LUKE DONALD PRO V1X
PLAYER PRO V1X
PLAYER PRO V1X
DAVID HOWELL PRO V1X
THOMAS LEVET PRO V1X
PLAYER PRO V1X
PLAYER PRO V1X
LEE WESTWOOD PRO V1X

Inclusive of the 18 Titleist golf ball players are four full-line Titleist ambassadors who rely upon Titleist equipment from tee-to-green. Americans Jay Haas, Davis Love and Phil Mickelson and European player Paul Casey all carry full bags of Titleist equipment, including Titleist Titanium 983 drivers, Titleist Forged irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters.

NATIONWIDE TOUR
At the Environcare Utah Classic, Brett Wetterich shot a final round 1-under par 71 to finish at 16-under 272, one shot clear of two players, including fellow Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Ryuji Imada. Three other players finished two strokes back. Wetterich's victory is the 18th for Titleist players this year, six times the nearest competitor with 3.

JAPAN TOUR
Australian Steven Conran relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to earn his first career Japan Tour title at the Hisamitsu-KBC Augusta Golf Tournament with a winning score of 7-under par 277. The win was the 9th for Titleist players on the Japan Tour, three times more than the nearest competitor with 3.

CANADIAN TOUR
Titleist Pro V1x player Chris Wisler earned his third career Canadian Tour title and second of the year with a five-shot victory at the season-ending Bay Mills Open Players' Championship. Wisler, who carried a four-stroke lead entering the final round, fired a 2-under par 70 on Sunday to win comfortably. His five-stroke win is the largest margin of victory on the 2004 Canadian Tour. Erik Compton (Pro V1) and Stephen Woodard (Pro V1x) finished 1-2 on the Canadian Tour money list and are exempt into the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

114 WINS AND STILL COUNTING
With four more victories this week by players relying upon Titleist golf balls, Titleist advances its worldwide win count to 114, 85 wins more than the nearest competitor with 29, and more than all other golf balls combined.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR
To view exclusive interviews with Buick Championship winner Woody Austin and runner-up Tim Herron, visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.

Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO). Titleist, Cobra, FootJoy, Pro V1, Pro V1x, Titleist Titanium, 983, Vokey Design, Red X, Red X2 and Scotty Cameron by Titleist are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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