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Ernie Els take The Open with Callaway RAZR Fit driver
July 24, 2012

With a driving distance average of 298.1 yards, Ernie Els harnessed the power and accuracy of the RAZR Fit driver to claim his second Open and fourth Major championship victory.

Staff Professional Ernie Els used a full bag of Callaway and Odyssey equipment to win the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, including the RAZR Fit Driver, HEX Black Tour Golf Ball and Odyssey White Hot Putter.

The RAZR Fit, Callaway’s first fully adjustable driver, has now won 10 tournaments worldwide – including five overall victories in the last seven weeks – with Ernie averaging 298.1 yards with his 8.5° RAZR Fit at Royal Lytham, nearly 15 yards further than the field average.

Similarly, the HEX Black Tour golf ball has been used in four of the last seven wins on the European Tour, where the ball’s aerodynamic properties help mitigate typically windy conditions.

Incredibly, Ernie’s win also marked the 15th victory for Odyssey putters on the European Tour this season, with the nearest competing putter brand having just three tournament wins. Odyssey putters have now been in the hands of nine out of the last 12 European Tour event winners. Additionally, the #1 Putter in Golf has also claimed 13 worldwide wins over the last nine weeks, and 25 overall wins this season.

At Royal Lytham, Odyssey putters were used by 34% of the field, including seven golfers who finished in the top 10 on the leaderboard.

Els’ steady use of his 44.5” Odyssey White Hot XG #1 putter was both crucial and clutch down the stretch. In fact, ‘The Big Easy’ birdied four of the tournament’s final nine holes to card a back nine 32, and drained a pivotal 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th to finish at 7-under par and claim the coveted Claret Jug.

After the round, the Callaway Staff Professional thanked the Company for its support over the last several years. “The Callaway people have stood behind me and really helped me out,” said Els in a post-championship interview.

The Callaway equipment in Ernie Els’ bag this week, which helped him win the fourth major championship– and the second Claret Jug - of his storied career, included:

Driver: RAZR Fit Driver, 8.5°
Fairway Wood: X-TOUR '08 15.0°
Irons RAZR X Muscleback Irons 5-PW)
Utility: X Utility Prototype 18°, 21° & 24°
Wedges: JAWS Wedges 52° & 60°
Putter: White Hot XG #1 Belly Putter
Ball: HEX Black Tour Golf Ball

“Ernie’s major championship victory proves our unwavering commitment to making the best performing products for the best golfers in the world,” said Harry Arnett, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Callaway Golf. “When the top players compete, the best choose Callaway.”

Steady iron play with his Callaway RAZR X Musclebacks, complemented by his three X Utility Prototype Irons, a technical club designed by Roger Cleveland to create a higher launch angle for many players than their longer irons, propelled Els’ rounds of 67-70-68-68. He also led the major championship field in Greens in Regulation, hitting an impressive 79% throughout the tournament.

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