Golf News for Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Equipment

Titleist overwhelmingly trumps ball count at PGA Championship

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. -- Titleist was the most played golf ball at
The PGA Championship, the year's final major, by an overwhelming 103 to 19
margin. In fact, Titleist golf ball players accounted for 11 of the top 15
finishers, including runner-up and 2003 PGA Championship winner Shaun
Micheel.

Following Micheel on the leaderboard was Titleist ambassador Adam Scott who
relied upon the Pro V1, as well as the Pro Titanium 905R driver, PT 906
prototype fairway metal, Forged 695MB irons, a prototype utility iron, Spin
Milled sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter. Scott finished in
a three-way tie for third that also included Pro V1x player Luke Donald.

Titleist was also the choice of more players than any other brand in the
iron (37/24%), utility iron (5/25%), wedge (125/38%) and putter (53/34%)
categories at the PGA Championship. A strong second in the driver category
with 41 players, Titleist was led by the Pro Titanium 905R, the #1 460cc
driver model on the PGA Tour. Titleist was also second in the utility
metals category with 11, sparked by the introduction of the new PT 585.H.

For the third consecutive major and the 17th time this year on the PGA
Tour, a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter was played by the winner. One
month after capturing the British Open, the now three-time PGA champion
credited a large part of his success this week to his putting.

GOLF CLUB LEADERBOARD: To learn more about Titleist's golf club success on
the PGA Tour, the PGA Professional National Championship and at major
amateur events, visit the new Titleist Golf Club leaderboard at:
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PGA EUROPEAN: Spain's Alejandro Canizares shot a final round 6-under 66 to
win the Russian Open for his first career victory in just his third start
on the PGA European Tour. Led by the 22-year-old Canizares who set a new
tournament scoring record with a 22-under 266 total, the top five finishers
all relied on Pro V1x golf balls. David Drysdale finished runner-up, four
shots behind Canizares, followed by defending champion Mikael Lundberg and
Gary Murphy who tied for third, and Leif Westerberg, who finished solo
fifth.

LPGA: Pat Hurst shot a final round 4-under 68 to capture the Safeway
Classic by one shot over Jeong Jang and Kim Saiki. Hurst finished at
10-under 206 to earn her fifth career LPGA Tour title. Juli Inkster was
two shots back in solo fourth, as Pro V1 loyalists secured the top four
positions on the leaderboard.

CHAMPIONS: Tom Kite birdied the first extra hole to defeat Keith Fergus in
an all-Pro V1 playoff at the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. It marked
Kite's ninth career Champions Tour title, including his second this season.
Kite fired a final round 6-under 66, while Fergus countered with an 8-under
64 as both players finished regulation at 15-under 201. David Edwards (Pro
V1x), Tom Jenkins (Pro V1), Wayne Levi (Pro V1) and Don Pooley (Pro V1x)
were among five players who shared third place one shot back. Jenkins
fired a final round 61, matching the course record set a day earlier.

NATIONWIDE: Pro V1x player Craig Bowden shot a final round 8-under 63 to
rally from seven shots back and win the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in a
playoff. Bowden finished eagle-birdie on the final two holes of regulation
to tie the overnight leader at 16-under. He made par on the first playoff
hole to earn his third career victory, move into No. 2 on the Nationwide
Tour money list, and guarantee a return trip to the PGA Tour in 2007.

ASIAN: Chinarat Phadungsil won the Crowne Plaza Open in a three-way playoff
that included fellow full-line Titleist Staff player Prom Meesawat and
fellow Pro V1x player Lin Wen-tang. It is the 17-year-old's second victory
in 10 months after he became the youngest champion ever on the Asian Tour
at the 2005 Double A International Open. Phadungsil, who made par on the
second playoff hole for the win, birdied his final hole in regulation to
finish at 16-under 272 and join the playoff.

WORLDWIDE WINS: Titleist golf ball players have accumulated 112 victories
across the 2006 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the
nearest competitor with 18, and more than all other golf balls combined.

DIRECT FROM THE TOUR: To view exclusive round-by-round interviews with
Titleist players from the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP and from every PGA Tour event
throughout the year, please visit our Direct from the Tour feature online
at: http://titleist.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1

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