David Griffith
Buffalo Communications

ECCO Staff Player Fred Couples Captures Champions Tour Toshiba Classic

Claims 10th Title in ECCO Hybrid Shoes with E-DTS Outsole Technology.

Londonderry, NH – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – confirms that Staff Player Fred Couples wore its award-winning BIOM Hybrid golf shoes featuring E-DTS outsole technology en route to capturing the Toshiba Classic this past weekend at Newport Beach Country Club in California.

Showcasing the ECCO logo on his headwear, Couples fired a final-round 66 to clinch his 10th Champions Tour victory by one stroke. The 54-year-old broke away from co-leaders with dramatic birdies on holes 17 and 18 to finish at 15-under and become the second two-time winner in tournament history.

"I worked pretty hard but I drove it all over the lot," Couples said. "I made some putts and when you do, you have a chance."

Like all ECCO shoes in the hybrid category the company pioneered, BIOM Hybrid is built atop the patented E-DTS outsole boasting approximately 100 moulded traction bars and 800 traction angles. Constructed from TPU – a highly durable, wear-resistant material – these elements provide superb, Tour-quality grip.

E-DTS combines with another patented innovation – NATURAL MOTION technology – to provide the exceptional levels of comfort, stability and traction for which ECCO is renowned.

"Fred came from behind and bested some tough competition,” says Jesper Thuen, Global Sponsorship, PR & Event Manager – ECCO Golf. “The season is young and his appearance at the Masters is only a few weeks away, so this victory provides great momentum.”

In addition to Couples, the ECCO Golf collection is endorsed by scores of Tour stars worldwide, including Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, Will Wilcox, JB Hansen, Belén Mozo, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller.

About ECCO

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:, 800.886.3226.

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