Callaway Golf Company

Callaway Golf Company

September 19, 2005 16:46 ET

New Callaway Golf Driver Notches 2 More Worldwide Wins; Sorenstam, Campbell Victories Are 16th and 17th for FT-3

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 19, 2005) -

The amazing first-year run of Callaway Golf's (NYSE:ELY) new Big Bertha® Fusion® FT-3™ Driver continued yesterday as LPGA Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam and reigning U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell both drove the FT-3 to pro Tour victories. Sorenstam's total of 5-under-par 208 gave her a one-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the LPGA John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic for her seventh win of the year while Campbell out-dueled Ireland's Paul McGinley in the HSBC World Matchplay Championships, 2 and 1, at Wentworth Golf Club in the PGA European Tour event at Virginia Water, England.

Carlos Franco of Paraguay, also a Callaway Golf® Staff Professional, nearly gave the FT-3 Driver its first Tour hat trick, finishing just one stroke behind the winner of the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA Tour. Franco, who shot 13-under-par 275, averaged over 306 yards off the tee for the week.

All three Callaway Golf Staff Professionals used a version of the Callaway Golf HX® Tour Golf Ball and an array of the Company's woods, irons and putters through the bag. In addition to the FT-3 Driver and HX Tour Golf Ball, Sorenstam used the X-18® Irons, a Big Bertha Strong 4-wood and 7-wood, an Odyssey® White Hot® 2-Ball Blade Putter and wore Callaway Golf Footwear with the patented Big Bertha Spike. Campbell played the new forged X-Tour™ Irons, a Big Bertha Heavenwood® 3H Hybrid, a Steelhead® 3-wood, and an Odyssey White Hot #6 Putter. Franco used Ben Hogan® Apex® FTX™ Irons, a Big Bertha Strong 3-Wood and an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade Putter. Campbell used the HX Tour Golf Ball and Franco favored the HX Tour 56 Golf Ball.

"I'm happy to be winning again," said Sorenstam, who is five-for-five in '05 in events in which she led going into the final round. "I felt I played excellent the first two rounds - being patient and hitting the shots that I was trying to hit. It feels good to be back striking the ball well and putting well."

Campbell's relentlessly steady play simply wore down all his opponents in four 36-hole matches over the demanding Wentworth layout. He defeated Geoff Ogilvy, 1-up, in the opening match, went 37 holes before vanquishing Steve Elkington in the quarter finals, and defeated Retief Goosen 7 and 6 in the semis to set up the win over McGinley.

"I'm playing as well as I ever have in my career," said Campbell, who began the year at No. 82 and now has vaulted into the No. 15 spot in the World Rankings and is No. 1 on the European Order of Merit money list with $2.9 million. "I worked on changing a lot of different aspects of my life coming into the year, and I'm very happy about where it all is right now."

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