January 27, 2005
Bridgestone Makes "Boom Boom" With American Golf Icon
Bridgestone Golf Signs Fred Couples to a Multi-Year Deal
Covington, Ga. — Bridgestone Golf, Inc. officially announced today that it has added American golfing icon Fred Couples
to a Tour team that already includes international icons Nick Price and Stuart Appleby.
In 2005, Couples will play the Bridgestone TOUR B330 golf ball and the J33 Forged Combo irons in all professional tournaments.
Couples first put the TOUR B330 in play during the 2004 unofficial season events, winning the Skins Game over Tiger Woods
in a thrilling sudden death playoff and going 3-0 in the Warburg Cup at Kiawah Island.
"We are pleased to have Freddy aboard," said Dan Murphy, Director of Marketing, Bridgestone Golf, Inc. " If his play during
the unofficial event season is any indication of what kind of year he will have on the PGA TOUR using Bridgestone equipment,
I think we are all in for quite a treat. Fred Couples is a golf icon and is ideally suited for our Tour team strategy."
In addition to the equipment, Couples will be a Bridgestone endorser from head-to-toe emblazoned with a Bridgestone Golf
logo on his visor, shirt and staff bag in all 2005 professional events and appearances.
While the terms of the deal will remain undisclosed at this time, the company is pleased to report the contract is for a
"Winning at The Skins game with the new TOUR B330 ball gives me a great deal of confidence heading into the start of the
official PGA TOUR season," said Couples. "The ball is firm for great distance off the tee, and still provides more than
enough spin on approach shots. I putted the ball very well and I am very confident in my Bridgestone equipment going into
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Bridgestone Golf, Inc., based in Covington, GA, manufactures and markets premium
golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names.
Bridgestone is represented on a world stage by a number of internationally famed
Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar,
Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III,
Paula Creamer, Nick Price,
and Lee Trevino.
Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd.,
whose headquarters are in Tokyo.
Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is proud to be the #1 Ball Fitter in Golf as the industry
leader in live launch monitor fittings. Bridgestone provides three ways for golfers
to find the ball that best fits their game: live fittings through the
Bridgestone Ball Fitting Challenge, live online
chats with ball fitting
experts through its B-FIT service, and an easily accessible
Online Ball Selection Guide. For more
information on ball fitting, including a complete schedule of Ball Fitting Challenge
events, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.