Callaway Pros Eichelberger, Sorenstam, Franco and
Montgomerie Sweep to Victories on Four Tours CARLSBAD, Calif. (ots-PRNewswire) - In an unprecedented achievement for Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY), four of the company's staff professionals were victorious on major professional tours on the same weekend. Colin Montgomerie began the torrid Callaway run with a PGA European Tour victory at Loch Lomond in Scotland on Saturday. On Sunday, Dave Eichelberger won the U.S. Senior Open at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, while Carlos Franco took the Greater Milwaukee Open on the PGA Tour and Annika Sorenstam won on the third hole of a sudden death playoff at the Michelob Light Classic on the LPGA Tour. Each of the four champions used Callaway's new Great Big Bertha(R) Hawk Eye(R) Titanium Driver in their victories -- producing a "Brand Slam" for Callaway Golf's latest breakthrough product -- and each also used Big Bertha(R) X-12(R) Irons. To the best of the Company's knowledge, this is the first time in history that the same brand of driver and irons has been used by the winners of four such prestigious tournaments in a single week. "I hit the ball better than I have all year," said Montgomerie, who used 11 Callaway Golf(R) clubs -- a Great Big Bertha Hawk Eye Titanium Driver, a Big Bertha Steelhead(TM) 3- wood and Big Bertha X-12 Irons -- in shooting a 16-under-par total of 268. He hit 14 of 14 fairways and in the final round, birdieing seven of the first 10 holes en route to a 64. "This gives me a great deal of confidence. I'm very much looking forward to the Open Championship," added Montgomerie, a native born Scot whose 20th career European victory was his first in Scotland. Eichelberger's stirring victory was his first in a USGA event. He used 11 Callaway clubs, including a Great Big Bertha Hawk Eye Titanium Driver, Callaway Golf fairway woods and Big Bertha X-12 Irons to post a winning total of 7-under-par 281. "I hit some great shots this week," said Eichelberger, who called his 257- yard second shot with his Callaway 3-wood to the 15th hole "the best 3-wood shot I've hit in my life." The soaring shot hit the green and Eichelberger then two-putted for birdie to propel him to victory in the most prestigious title in senior golf. For Sorenstam, the return to the winner's circle after a nine- month absence was highlighted by exceptional ball-striking. In her final round of 2-under-par 70, Sorenstam played the final 14 holes in 4-under par, rallying from four strokes behind to catch Tina Barrett in regulation play. She then birdied the third playoff hole to win her third straight Michelob Light Classic title. Sorenstam used 10 Callaway clubs, including a Great Big Bertha Hawk Eye Titanium Driver, Big Bertha Steelhead 3-wood and 7-wood and Big Bertha X-12 Irons. Franco's second PGA Tour victory of the season was another ball-striking clinic. His 72-hole total of 20-under par was a tournament record, and the victory pushed his 1999 earnings to $1.38 million. Franco, 34, used 12 Callaway clubs, including a Great Big Bertha Hawk Eye Titanium Driver, a Big Bertha Steelhead 2-wood and Big Bertha X-12 irons. "I had a lot of confidence this week," said Franco, who is the first rookie in PGA Tour history to win more than $1 million in a season. "There was no nervousness." A Great Big Bertha Hawk Eye Titanium Driver was also used to record a high finish on the NIKE Tour this past weekend, as the third-place finisher at the NIKE Greensboro Open used a Hawk Eye Driver and a Callaway Golf fairway wood. For more information about Callaway Golf Company, please visit our website at www.callawaygolf.com ots Original Text Service: Callaway Golf Company Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Larry Dorman, Mike Galeski or Jamie Taylor, 760-931- 1771, all of Callaway Golf Web site: http://www.callawaygolf.com
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