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March 28, 2005 15:41 ET

Callaway Golf Staff Pro Sorenstam Wins Fifth Straight; Uses Prototype Fusion Driver, HX Tour Ball to Overpower Kraft Nabisco Field by 8 Strokes in First Leg of Grand Slam


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MARCH 28, 2005 - 15:41 ET

Callaway Golf Staff Pro Sorenstam Wins Fifth Straight;
Uses Prototype Fusion Driver, HX Tour Ball to
Overpower Kraft Nabisco Field by 8 Strokes in First
Leg of Grand Slam

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2005) - Callaway Golf
(NYSE:ELY) Staff Professional Annika Sorenstam turned up the heat
yesterday on her already torrid 2005 pace by dominating the field in the
Kraft Nabisco Championship, winning the season's first major
championship by eight strokes over Rosie Jones and taking the first step
toward her goal of winning the Grand Slam. The victory was her fifth in
a row - her third this year - and her 59th in a Hall of Fame career
spanning 12 years during which she has exclusively endorsed Callaway
Golf® equipment.

"I could not have asked for a better week," said Sorenstam, who used a
prototype 460 cc Fusion® FT3 Driver, a Big Bertha® strong 4-wood,
Big Bertha 7-wood, Callaway Golf Irons, a HX® Tour Golf Ball, a White
Hot® 2-Ball Blade Putter and wore Callaway Golf Footwear in her
victory. "Everything seemed to go right. I was driving the ball really
well, long and very straight. I feel like I am reaching my prime as a
golfer."

Sorenstam is reaching heights that few golfers have. She did not bogey a
hole over the last 36 at Mission Hills Country Club, birdieing six in
her third-round 66 and four in her final-round 68 for a total of
15-under-par 273. During those two rounds, she routinely outdistanced
her fellow competitors by up to 50 yards off the tee, and her average
drive of more than 276 yards led the tournament.

When she took the traditional post-victory dive into the lake adjacent
to the 18th green, accompanied by her sister Charlotta and her mother
Gunilla, Sorenstam was celebrating her third Kraft Nabisco title, her
eighth major championship win and her fifth straight LPGA win. The five
straight wins tied a record set in 1978 by Nancy Lopez, who deflected
comparisons between herself and Sorenstam, saying, "I think really, and
truly, she's better than Tiger Woods. We have a lot of great players out
here and nobody is even coming close to her.''

Sorenstam made sure of that Sunday when she birdied three of the first
five holes to expand her lead to nine strokes. She never looked back as
she calmly closed out the tournament, undefeated in 2005. Afterward, her
focus was fixed on what is to come.

"I'm looking forward to the rest of the year," she said.

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and sells golf accessories, under the Callaway Golf®, Top-Flite®,
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