ECCO Staff Player Thomas Bjørn Wins Nedbank Golf Challenge
Claims 15th European Tour Title, Moves Atop Race to Dubai
Danish company ECCO – a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear – confirms that Staff Player Thomas Bjørn wore its luxurious World Class GTX golf shoes en route to winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge this past weekend at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.
Showcasing the ECCO logo on his collar, Bjørn fired a final-round 65 and bested a star-studded field to claim his 15th career European Tour title. The 42-year-old Dane carded a remarkable two eagles during his closing nine holes to finish at 20-under-par.
“They were two big moments,” said Bjørn, who moved into first place in the Race to Dubai. “Obviously, having two eagles on the back nine on a Sunday doesn't happen very often. The shot into 14 was a bit fortunate, but that's what happens when you win golf tournaments, I guess.”
The victory comes on the heels of a 2013 season that yielded a win at the Omega European Masters and six other top-10s, notably back-to-back seconds in June at the Lyoness Open and BMW International Open.
"Thomas closed out 2013 in strong fashion and is off to a hot start this season,” says Jesper Thuen, Global Sponsorship, PR & Event Manager – ECCO Golf. “He’s on top of his game at the moment and we hope this is a glimpse of things to come for him in 2014.”
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.
In addition to Bjørn, the ECCO men’s golf collection is worn in competition by scores of international Tour stars, including Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, Stuart Appleby, JB Hansen and many others.
ECCO, a world leading brand of shoes combining style and comfort, has built its success on quality and innovative technology. The design philosophy is rooted in the founder’s approach to being a shoemaker – the shoe must follow the foot. The shoes of ECCO are anchored in functionality, quality and craftsmanship on the platform of Scandinavian design. Founded in 1963, ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process. Today, ECCO products are sold in 91 countries at 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations. The company is family-owned and the workplace to 19,500 employees from over 50 countries. In 2012, revenue increased by 14% to DKK 8 billion with profits before tax of DKK 1.1 billion.
ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.