February 25, 2013

Kuchar Heats Up Frigid Arizona Desert with WGC Match Play Victory

'Mr. Consistency' Relies On Bridgestone to Notch First Career World Golf Championship Title

COVINGTON, GA — Taking his cues from American mail carriers, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could stop Matt Kuchar from successfully finishing his rounds at the 2013 World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson. However, in contrast from the Post Office, Kuch delivered on Sunday, dispatching Jason Day in the Semi-Finals 4&3 and Hunter Mahan 2&1 in the Championship Final at Dove Mountain. With the win, Kuchar recorded his first career WGC event title, 5th career PGA TOUR victory and joined fellow Bridgestone Golf tour team member Brandt Snedeker in the top 2 of the 2013 FedEx Cup standings.

Kuchar's Bridgestone Arsenal

"Pound for pound we have the most successful tour team in the industry," said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing - Bridgestone Golf, Inc. "From the beginning we've had a company philosophy to align ourselves with the best players and the best people out on Tour. We don't play the numbers game trying to buy weekly equipment counts, instead we've focused on personalities that fit our brand and we make sure they have proper-fitting equipment that puts them in position to succeed. We're proud of what we've built and how we've built it, and to look at the FedEx Cup standings and see that the top 2 players are Bridgestone guys is proof that our Tour philosophy is working."

Throughout his six matches, Kuchar excelled in a variety of weather conditions - at times negotiating wintry conditions better suited for skiing than for championship golf. On Sunday, temperatures barely reached into the 50's and 35 mph winds tested every aspect of Kuchar's game. In his victory, Kuchar relied on Bridgestone's TOUR B330-S golf ball and J40 clubs.

"The conditions were so difficult out there you just knew at times that par or bogey was a good score. The B330-S balls cut through the desert winds well this week and my comfort with the J40 clubs allowed me to attempt some difficult shots," said Kuchar.

Visit www.bridgestonegolf.com to see Bridgestone Golf's entire 2013 Tour Team and to view the complete lineup of new products.

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Editor's Note: High-Res images of all Tour Staff and all new Bridgestone equipment are available upon request.

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 golfers including Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Nick Price, Brandt Snedeker, Karrie Webb and Paula Creamer. Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., whose headquarters are in Tokyo. For more information visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.

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.

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