CARLSBAD, CA., – Competitors at last week's U.S. Amateur Championship made the Odyssey® White Hot® 2-Ball Putter the #1 single putter model in play at the event. Odyssey Golf, a brand of Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY), had a total of 106 putters in play at the event, including 56 Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Putters. A total of 66 Odyssey 2-Ball Putters were put in play at the U.S. Amateur, counting other models such as the new Odyssey DFX™ 2-Ball Blade Putter. Odyssey Golf was one of only two putter brands to have more than 100 putters in play at Oakmont Country Club, where 312 golfers competed in the U.S. Amateur. The next nearest competitor had just 50 putters in play at the event.
The putter count results from Oakmont Country Club mirror those from the U.S. Women's Amateur earlier this month, where Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Putters were also the #1 single putter model – making Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Putters the most popular single putter model at both major U.S. Amateur Championships this year. There were 35 Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Putters in play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, and a total of 76 Odyssey Putters – including the Odyssey White Hot 5 Putter used by the winner. The nearest competitive brand had 41 putters in play.
The leadership position enjoyed by Odyssey 2-Ball Putters at the U.S. Amateur Championship is reflected across the world's six major professional tours. Odyssey Golf is #1 in putter usage on the PGA, Champions, LPGA, Nationwide, PGA European and Japan Golf tours combined at 36.6 percent, compared with 24.3 percent for the nearest competitor. All versions of Odyssey 2-Ball Putters combined account for 15.6 percent of all putters in play, making the Odyssey 2-Ball Putter the leading putter model across the six major professional tours combined this year.
Odyssey 2-Ball Putters have been used to win more than 50 tour events worldwide since their introduction in late 2001. The latest victory for the Odyssey 2-Ball Putter came last week at the Wachovia LPGA Classic, where the winner used an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Putter. The previous week, Callaway Golf Staff Professional Jim Thorpe won the Long Island Classic using a new Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade Putter – the same model used by Callaway Golf Staff Professional Annika Sorenstam to win the Weetabix Women's British Open earlier this month.
According to the latest retail research, Odyssey 2-Ball Putters are the best-selling putters at retail in the United States for the second consecutive year, outselling every other putter brand's complete product line. Odyssey 2-Ball Putters are also the best-selling putters in Europe and Japan.
August 27, 2003
Tiger Woods announced Wednesday that he will not play golf for the remainder of 2009, after a specialist concluded Woods re-injured his left knee at Bay Hill. "I'm obviously disappointed," Woods said. "I was ... eager to return to the Masters at Augusta National and compete in the remainder of my 2009 schedule."
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