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Vaughn Taylor Repeats Winning Feat in Record-Setting Fashion at Reno-Tahoe Open

Vaughn Taylor

Fairhaven, MA (August 22, 2005) – Playing the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, Vaughn Taylor became only the second player on the 2005 PGA Tour to successfully defend a title, breaking the Reno-Tahoe Open scoring record in a three-stroke, wire-to-wire victory over Jonathan Kaye (Pro V1x). Taylor, in his second year on tour, opened with rounds of 64, 67 and 64 before closing with an even par 72 en route to a 21-under 267 total, four shots better than the previous tournament record set in 2003. Taylor, who led the field in greens in regulation at over 79 percent, also broke the tournament's 36- and 54-hole scoring marks. He joins Vijay Singh as the only repeat champions this year. Todd Fischer (Pro V1x) posted a 17-under to give Titleist players a 1-2-3 finish.

Titleist topped the golf ball count with 92 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron, utility iron, wedge and putter categories. The victory is the 19th for Titleist players on the PGA Tour this year, more than double the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.

At the WGC-NEC Invitational, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Chris DiMarco topped a group of 10 Titleist players who were among the top 12 finishers. In addition to DiMarco's runner-up effort, Vijay Singh (Pro V1x), Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x) and another Pro V1x player tied for third, while Luke Donald (Pro V1x), Kenny Perry (Pro V1x) and David Howell (Pro V1x) tied for sixth, and Zach Johnson (Pro V1x), Jose Maria Olazabal (Pro V1) and David Toms (Pro V1) tied for ninth. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 43 players in the 72-player field, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 11.

Soo-Yun Kang
LPGA TOUR: South Korea's Soo-Yun Kang won for the first time on the LPGA Tour, firing a final round 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory at the Safeway Classic. Kang, playing in her third full season on the LPGA Tour, led by three strokes after the first two rounds and finished with a 15-under 201. Kang topped fellow South Korean and Titleist Pro V1 player Jeong Jang, who finished second. Pro V1x players Gloria Park and Joo Mi Kim finished finished third and fourth, respectively, as Titleist golf ball players swept the top four positions. More than five times as many players relied upon Titleist golf balls (109 players) than the nearest competitor (25) at the Safeway Classic. Titleist has been the golf ball choice of 14 champions on the 2005 LPGA Tour, twice as many as the nearest competitor.

David Eger
CHAMPIONS TOUR: David Eger won his second Champions Tour title, shooting a final-round 67 Sunday at the inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. Eger finished at 17-under 199 for the 54-hole tournament, three strokes ahead of runner-up and fellow Pro V1 player Tom Kite, who shot a final-round 68. The champion also relied upon the new Titleist Pro Titanium 905T driver, Titleist Forged prototype irons and Vokey Design approach and lob wedges. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 59 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13. The victory is the 16th for Titleist players through the first 20 events of 2005.

WORLDWIDE WINS: With three more wins this week, Titleist’s victory count across the worldwide professional tours advanced to 108, more than four times the nearest competitor with 24, and more than all other golf balls combined.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive round-by-round interviews with Titleist players from virtually every PGA Tour event throughout the year, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com.

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