LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Danish brand ECCO - a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear - confirms that Staff Player Graeme McDowell wore its luxurious World Class GTX golf shoes en route to winning the Volvo World Match Play Championship this past weekend at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Kavarna, Bulgaria.
Showcasing the ECCO logo on his headwear, G-Mac faced off in the final against fellow staff player and five-time European Tour champion Thongchai Jaidee. The tournament's top-ranked player, McDowell fell two down after four holes before rallying on the back side to seal a 2-and-1 victory. With the win - his second in five weeks after the RBC Heritage - the 33-year-old moved to No. 7 on the Official World Golf Ranking and surged to the top of The Race to Dubai.
"The list of champions - Els, Montgomerie, Westwood, Ballesteros, Norman, Lyle, Faldo, Player, Palmer - it's just crazy stuff really and to have your name on a trophy this cool is pretty special," said McDowell. "I'll drink a couple of cold ones tonight and enjoy this special moment in my career."
A distinctive leather-soled golf shoe, World Class GTX combines traditional craftsmanship with modern performance technologies. Its rich leather uppers are waterproof via a GORE-TEX® membrane, while an ECCO Second Skin lining and insole promote superior comfort, cushioning and climate control.
"Both Graeme and Thongchai really played well this week, and it was pretty special for us to watch two of our players going head to head in the final," says Jesper Thuen, Global Sponsorship, PR & Event Manager - ECCO Golf. "G-Mac's on an absolute roll right now and you've got to like his chances to pick up some more titles this season."
In addition to McDowell and Jaidee, the ECCO men's golf collection is worn in competition by scores of international Tour stars, including Fred Couples, Thomas Bjørn, Stuart Appleby, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, JB Hansen and many others.
One of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process - from leather production through its own shoe factories all the way to its stores - ECCO adheres to the design philosophy that "the shoe must follow the foot." This approach allows the company to craft footwear that combines style and comfort with uncompromising quality and innovative technology. A leading global brand, ECCO was founded in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy and remains family owned. Headquartered in the Danish towns of Bredebro and Tønder, the ECCO footwear group employs nearly 20,000 people worldwide. Its products can be found in 4,000 branded sales locations in more than 90 countries.
ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.