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Faxon Fires Personal Best to Earn Buick Championship Crown

Brad Faxon
Fairhaven, MA (August 30, 2005) – Playing in his native New England and trusting the brand he has relied on his entire career, Titleist ambassador Brad Faxon captured the Buick Championship in dramatic fashion. Faxon fired a final round 9-under 61 to tie the course record at TPC River Highlands and advance to a playoff with Pro V1x player Tjaart van der Walt. A native Rhode Islander and fan favorite who was playing in the tournament for the 22nd time, Faxon’s Sunday heroics continued after he drove his tee shot into the fairway bunker on the first playoff hole. With 169 yards to the pin, he stuck his 7-iron approach to 3-feet from the cup, while Van der Walt followed with an approach from 134 yards that hit the flagstick and rolled about nine feet from the cup. Van der Walt missed his birdie putt and watched as Faxon rolled his in for the win.

From his Pro V1 golf ball to his Pro Titanium 905T driver (10.5), Pro Trajectory 904F fairway metal (15.0), 735.CM irons (3-P), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (56) and lob (60) wedges and Scotty Cameron prototype putter, Faxon's tee-to-green loyalty to Titleist was evident en route to his eighth career PGA Tour title.

FAX AND FIGURES:
With Faxon’s victory, Titleist golf ball players have won 20 events on the PGA Tour, nearly three times more than the nearest competitor with 7.

It was an all-Titleist Forged 735.CM playoff at the Buick Championship. The new irons, Titleist’s first blended set and available in chrome-plated and stainless steel finishes, began shipping to golf shops on August 15. Faxon is the first player to win on the PGA Tour with the new model.

Faxon's final round 9-under par 61 was the lowest final round by a winner this season, improving on the 9-under 63 by Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x) at The Honda Classic. The 61 is the lowest final round by a winner on the PGA Tour since the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic when the champion closed with a 13-under 59 while also playing a Titleist golf ball and full bag of Titleist clubs.

Faxon's weekend scores of 65-61 were the lowest in tournament history, breaking the record of 128 by two strokes.

Faxon’s winning check of $774,000 was a career-best and pushes him past the $1 million mark for the fifth consecutive season.

Faxon’s 61 was his career-low round on the PGA Tour besting the 62 he shot during the second round of the 1986 Provident Classic.

Faxon's 7-stroke comeback matched Padraig Harrington (The Honda Classic) as the largest of the 2005 PGA TOUR season.

Led by Faxon and van der Walt, Titleist players dominated the leaderboard, securing each of the top 11 positions. A Pro V1x player finished solo third, one stroke out of the playoff, while former British Open winner and full-line Titleist player Ben Curtis (Pro V1x), Jerry Kelly (Pro V1x) and a first-week rookie (Pro V1) finished in a tie for fourth at 12-under. The rookie had been at Merion last week for the U.S. Amateur when he was told he received a sponsor's exemption to the Buick Championship. He decided to turn professional and earned $177,733 in his PGA TOUR debut. Kenny Perry (7th/Pro V1x), Corey Pavin (8th/Pro V1), Woody Austin (T9/Pro V1x), Darron Stiles (T9/Pro V1) and Nick Watney (T9/Pro V1x) rounded out the Top 10 and ties.

Titleist topped the golf ball count with 114 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (36), utility iron (8), wedge (125) and putter (62) categories.

David Howell

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: It was a Titleist Pro V1x 1-2-3 finish at the BMW International Open as David Howell fired a final round 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Brett Rumford and the 2001 champion. Howell posted eight birdies on Sunday en route to a 23-under 265 total and his second career victory. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 114 players, more than five times the nearest competitor. The victory is the 19th for Titleist players on the 2005 PGA European Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Cristie Kerr

LPGA TOUR: Cristie Kerr captured the Wendy's Championship for Children, closing with a 3-under 69 for her second victory of the year and sixth of her LPGA Tour career. She finished at 18-under 270, one shot ahead of the Rookie of the Year points leader and fellow Pro V1 player, as well as the LPGA’s leading money winner. Titleist topped the golf ball count with 112 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 22. The victory is the 15th for Titleist players on the LPGA Tour this year, more than twice the nearest competitor with 7.


Loren Roberts
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Loren Roberts defeated Dana Quigley on the second hole of an all-Pro V1 playoff at the JELD-WEN Tradition, the final major of the Champions Tour season. Roberts, who turned 50 years old earlier this year, was playing in just his third event on the senior circuit. He made birdie putts on the final two holes to post a final round 5-under 67, while Quigley shot a 4-under 68. Both players finished regulation at 15-under 273. Gil Morgan (Pro V1x) was one stroke back, while Mark James (Pro V1x) shot a final round 68 to finish fourth. Tom Jenkins (Pro V1), Doug Tewell (Pro V1) and James Mason (Pro V1x) all tied for fifth as Titleist players occupied the top seven positions on the leaderboard.

Titleist topped the golf ball count with 59 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 11. The victory is the 17th for Titleist players through the first 21 events of 2005.

Roberts’ victory secured the Titleist brand slam on the Champions Tour, as all five major winners relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. In addition to Roberts, Mike Reid (Pro V1) captured the Senior PGA, Peter Jacobsen (Pro V1x) won the Senior Players, Tom Watson (Pro V1) earned the Senior British Open and Allen Doyle (Pro V1) was victorious at the U.S. Senior Open.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Rookie Andrew Johnson relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to notch his first career Nationwide Tour victory in impressive fashion at the inaugural Cleveland Open. Johnson became the Tour's 12th first-time winner in 2005 after firing a final round 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270, three strokes clear of the nearest challenger. Johnson stormed into contention on Saturday with a course-record 9-under 62 and a share of the overnight lead. His 13-under par 129 performance on the weekend represents the low final-36-hole score this season.

More than five times as many players relied upon Titleist golf balls (100) than the nearest competitor (17). Titleist was also the top choice of players in the iron (35), utility iron (8), wedge (114) and putter (53) categories.

WORLDWIDE WINS: With five more wins this week, Titleist’s victory count across the worldwide professional tours advanced to 113, more than four times the nearest competitor with 24, and more than all other golf balls combined.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view an exclusive post-tournament interview with Buick Championship winner Brad Faxon, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online at www.titleist.com. Visit often for round-by-round interviews with Titleist players from virtually every PGA Tour event throughout the year.

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