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October 17, 2005 17:24 ET

Sorenstam Wins Eighth `05 Title With Callaway FT-3 Driver, HX Tour Golf Ball; Passes $2 Million for 5th Straight Season

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Oct 17, 2005) -

Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) Staff Professional Annika Sorenstam continued her domination of women's golf with a runaway eight-shot victory at the Samsung World Championship yesterday at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California. Sorenstam posted a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 18-under-par 270 for her eighth win of 2005 and the 64th of her Hall of Fame career.

Sorenstam, 35, again used a full array of Callaway Golf equipment, including the Big Bertha® Fusion® FT-3™ Driver, X-18® Irons, a Big Bertha Strong 4-wood and 7-wood, the HX® Tour Golf Ball and Odyssey® White Hot® 2-Ball Blade Putter. She also wore Callaway Golf Footwear with the patented Big Bertha Spike.

The victory was historic for Sorenstam on numerous fronts:

-- Her $212,500 winner's check pushed her over the $2 million mark for the fifth consecutive season. She is the lone female golfer ever to pass $2 million in a year;

-- She clinched the Rolex Player of the Year Award for a record eighth time and locked up the top of the ADT Official Money List for the fifth straight year and eighth time overall;

-- It is her fifth Samsung victory, equaling the LPGA record held by Mickey Wright for wins at the same event;

-- Her eighth win of 2005 marks the fourth time in the last five seasons she has reached that standard in a single year;

-- Her eight-stroke margin of victory was her third this year and ninth of her career;

-- She is 6-for-6 in converting 54-hole leads into victory this year, running her streak to nine straight and 12 of her last 13.

In other Callaway Golf successes, Callaway Golf® Staff Professional Mark McNulty also won yesterday, posting a 6-under-par 66 at the Administaff Small Business Classic for his second win of the year and fifth of his Champions Tour career. McNulty, who used the Big Bertha Titanium 454 Driver, the HX Tour Golf Ball, and X-Tour™ Irons, won by one stroke over Gil Morgan at 16-under-par 200.

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