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March 21, 2005 09:05 ET

Callaway Golf Staff Pro Annika Sorenstam Wins Safeway; Uses New X-Tour Irons, Prototype Fusion Driver, HX Tour Golf Ball to Notch 2nd Consecutive '05 Win, 4th Straight on LPGA Tour


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MARCH 21, 2005 - 09:05 ET

Callaway Golf Staff Pro Annika Sorenstam Wins Safeway;
Uses New X-Tour Irons, Prototype Fusion Driver, HX
Tour Golf Ball to Notch 2nd Consecutive '05 Win, 4th
Straight on LPGA Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 21, 2005) -

Annika Sorenstam continued her amazing start to the 2005 season
yesterday. The Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) Staff Professional came back
from three strokes behind with four holes to play to defeat Lorena Ochoa
on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in the LPGA's Safeway
International at the Superstition Mountain Course in Phoenix.

Sorenstam, who shot 11-under-par 277 to successfully defend her Safeway
title, has now won her first two starts of the 2005 season and her last
four on the LPGA Tour. Among the many keys to her victory in the Safeway
was her consistently sharp iron play - she hit 76 percent of the greens
in regulation with her new X-Tour™ Irons, the uniquely designed,
blade-style clubs Callaway Golf® is introducing to the market today.
She also had another strong week driving the ball with her prototype
Fusion® Driver from Callaway Golf.

"I feel like everything is working tremendously well right now," said
Sorenstam, whose career LPGA win total is now 58, tying her for fourth
on the all-time list. "My irons, like I said after the first win, are
really dialed in. I love them. And I am driving the ball very long and
straight."

A long, straight drive followed by a sensational 4-wood shot to the
final hole ultimately turned the tournament Sorenstam's way. She blasted
her drive on the 513-yard, par-five hole nearly 300 yards with her
prototype Fusion FT3 Driver, leaving just 217 yards to the hole. Her
soaring approach with her Big Bertha® Strong 4-wood stopped 22 feet
from the cup, and she barely missed the putt for eagle, tapping in for
the birdie that set up the playoff.

In addition to her X-Tour Irons (4-9), her 8.5-degree prototype Fusion
FT3 Driver, the HX® Tour Golf Ball and the Big Bertha Strong 4-wood,
Sorenstam also carried a Big Bertha 7-wood, an Odyssey® White Hot®
2-Ball Blade Putter and wore Callaway Golf Footwear featuring the Big
Bertha Spike.

In other tour highlights for the Callaway Golf family of brands, it was
a big week for Odyssey Golf putters on three major U.S. professional
tours. In addition to Sorenstam's win with the Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
Blade putter, the winner of the Bay Hill Invitational used a Rossie® 1
putter by Odyssey, his fourth victory in three years with that putter,
and the rookie winner of the Toshiba Senior Classic on the Champions
Tour used a DFX® 2-Ball Blade putter for his first victory on that
circuit.

Callaway Golf Company makes and sells Big Bertha® Metal Woods, Irons
and Hybrids including, ERC® Fusion® Drivers and Fairway Woods, Great
Big Bertha® II 415 Titanium Drivers, Big Bertha Titanium 454 Drivers
and Big Bertha Stainless Steel Fairway Woods, Big Bertha Heavenwood®
Hybrids, Big Bertha Stainless Steel Irons, Big Bertha Fusion Irons,
X-18® and X-18 Pro Series Irons, X-Tour™ Irons, the Game Enjoyment
System® of GES® Golf Clubs, Callaway Golf Forged+ Wedges, Callaway
Golf Tour Blue® Putters and Callaway Golf I-Trax™ Putters. Callaway
Golf Company also makes and sells Odyssey® Putters, including White
Steel™, White Hot®, TriHot®, DFX®, Dual Force® and 2-Ball
Putters. Callaway Golf Company makes and sells the Callaway Golf®
HX® Tour Balls, HX Blue and HX Red Balls, HX Hot Balls, Big Bertha™
Blue and Big Bertha Red Balls, and the Warbird® Balls. Callaway Golf
also owns and operates The Top-Flite Golf Company, a wholly owned
subsidiary that includes the Top-Flite®, Strata® and Ben Hogan®
brands and Bettinardi® Putters. For more information about Callaway
Golf Company, please visit our websites at www.callawaygolf.com,
www.topflite.com and www.odysseygolf.com.

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