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September 06, 2005 16:39 ET

Callaway Golf Staffer Olin Browne Wins Deutsche Bank; Gives FT-3 Driver 15th Worldwide '05 Victory, 6th on PGA Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 6, 2005) -

Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) Staff Professional Olin Browne calmly emerged from a pack of five overnight leaders yesterday to capture his third career victory on the PGA Tour -- and the sixth of the season for the Big Bertha® Fusion® FT-3™ Driver -- shooting a final-round 67 for a one-stroke win over Jason Bohn in the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC of Boston.

Browne, 46, finished at 14-under 270 and earned $990,000 -- his largest check in 11 PGA Tour seasons. He trusted his resurgent game to Callaway Golf technology through the bag, using the exciting new FT-3 Driver, Big Bertha Fusion strong 3-wood, Big Bertha Steelhead III® 7-wood, X-Tour™ Irons (3-9), Callaway Golf Vintage Forged + Wedges (52-degree, 58-degree), the HX® Tour Golf Ball and an Odyssey® TF-1 Putter.

Browne elevated his play for the week with a combination of longer, straighter driving -- his 284-yard average off the tee and 70 percent success rate hitting fairways surpassed his season averages -- and crisp iron play that allowed him to hit 75 percent of the greens in regulation on the demanding TPC of Boston layout. He is among the top five players on the PGA Tour in average distance from the pin on approach shots this year, and hit another signature iron shot at the 71st hole when he cut a 7-iron directly over the flagstick to set up a 15-foot birdie for the winning margin.

"It was a little cutter, 163 yards from a difficult lie, a bit of a hook lie, and it happened to come off perfectly," Browne said. "I hit a lot of really good iron shots like that this week. I had a lot of confidence in my ball striking, with the driver and with the irons, and was able to maneuver the ball very well. The HX Tour Golf Ball is just so consistent in its flight characteristics, it let me get at some of the tough pins when I needed to, and I was rolling it well when I had the opportunities."

Browne has given himself several opportunities this season, with the most notable, prior to yesterday's victory, being at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. To get into that field, he shot 59 in the second round of a qualifier at Rockville, MD, then put himself in contention with an opening round 67 at Pinehurst and was just three shots off the lead going into the final round. Over the past six weeks, he has shown signs of breaking through, with a tie for 18th at the Buick Open and tied for 15th at the International.

The victory was the latest validation for the breakthrough driver technology built into the revolutionary FT-3 Driver, which has been used to win two '05 men's major championships (Michael Campbell in the U.S. Open and Phil Mickelson in the PGA Championship) and three women's majors (Annika Sorenstam in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the McDonald's LPGA Championship and by the winner of the Women's British Open).

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