Golf News – January 19, 2017

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ECCO Golf Showcases Revolutionary Footwear Technology at 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

ECCO CAGE PRO, ECCO COOL Highlight SS17 Collection

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – ECCO – a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear – will introduce its 2017 Collection featuring the innovative ECCO CAGE PRO and ECCO COOL at Booth #1963 during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

ECCO CAGE PRO combines a heel-to-toe stability wrap with the new cleat-less SPYDR-GRIP outsole, engineered to use the foot’s natural pivot points for optimal traction. ECCO CAGE PRO is also available with BOA closure, for a precision fit that remains comfortable and secure all round long.

In an exclusive partnership with GORE, the ECCO COOL features GORE-TEX Surround technology, an advanced air-channeling system within the sole that provides 360-degree breathability and 100-percent waterproof protection.

“As a foot-first shoemaker, we’re committed to innovation in comfort and performance which are exemplified in these highly-technical styles,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “In 2010, our E-DTS hybrid outsole revolutionized golf footwear and these two performance-driven models are doing it all over again.”

Other highlights to the SS17 men’s collection are ECCO CASUAL HYBRID with a luxurious Fornello leather upper, the elegant ECCO CLASSIC LUX and the ECCO CAGE EVO with BOA lacing. Women’s highlights include the bold ECCO CAGE EVO and modern-athletic ECCO CASUAL HYBRID KNIT.

ECCO Golf shoes are worn in competition around the world by Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Smylie Kaufman, Peter Hanson, Thomas Bjørn, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Caroline Masson, Gerina Piller, among others. For further information about ECCO Golf, please visit

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 18, 2017) – Today, COBRA PUMA GOLF announced the signing of Claude Harmon III, director of instruction at the Floridian, and one of the most celebrated golf instructors in the world. As part of the multi-year partnership, Harmon will represent COBRA Golf and PUMA Golf as an ambassador, officially wearing the brands apparel, footwear and accessories for all of his appearances along with a full bag of COBRA equipment.

Harmon, who is currently ranked 22nd on Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor, has been the Director of Instruction at the Butch Harmon Floridian since 2011.  Prior to that, he worked and coached around the world in over 20 countries and on five continents.  Steeped in tradition both his grandfather, 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon, and father Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., have been the dominant teachers of their generation.  The Harmon family pedigree has been the perfect foundation for Claude to build his knowledge of golf instruction.  His teaching philosophy combines “old school” teaching concepts in a “new school” fashion.  His current and former students include Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Trevor Immelman, Graeme McDowell and Yani Tseng.  He is a regular analyst/commentator for Sky Sports Golf.

“I’m excited to partner with COBRA PUMA GOLF, an influential, progressive company that is focused on the future of golf and growing the game,” said Harmon. “They are continuously introducing innovation, style and personalization to the industry and I look forward to helping share their message of game enjoyment to even more golfers around the world.”

“Claude is such a great addition to our COBRA PUMA GOLF family, adding to our team of world-class golfers, athletes and ambassadors,” said Bob Philion, president & CEO of COBRA PUMA GOLF. “His influence on the game and dedication to golf instruction aligns perfectly with our brand and our mantra of game enjoyment, innovation and helping golfers of all level play at their best and have fun while doing it.”

For more information on COBRA PUMA GOLF, visit us at and

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Tommy Bahama Teams Up with PGA player Ricky Barnes

Tommy Bahama, the iconic island lifestyle brand, has signed PGA TOUR player Ricky Barnes to an exclusive multi-year wardrobe agreement. Barnes will wear Tommy Bahama apparel while playing on the PGA TOUR, as well as for other professional and personal appearances.
Tommy Bahama takes a relaxed, modern approach to sportswear, offering the ultimate in performance and luxury. Ricky Barnes’ wardrobe of Tommy Bahama polos, woven shirts, knits, outerwear and performance golf pants will feature the brand’s new IslandZone collection, which is crafted from a revolutionary new technical fabric. The IslandZone fabric uses the 37.5 yarn, which is derived from coconut shells and volcanic sand, in knit and woven styles to create super-soft, high-performance technical garments that help regulate body temperature and wick away perspiration. IslandZone polos and woven shirts not only attract and evaporate moisture in the vapor stage, before it becomes sweat, but also dry quickly and help control odor. These high performance fabrics are perfect for life on and off the course.
“Tommy Bahama has been involved in golf for years and we’re excited to now partner with Ricky Barnes,” said Doug Wood, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “Ricky has a great sense of style and with the launch of IslandZone, our new performance apparel that Ricky will be wearing, the timing couldn’t be better. His passion for golf and relaxed personality makes Ricky a great brand ambassador for Tommy Bahama.”
Tommy Bahama, whose philosophy is Make Life One Long Weekend™, has become a staple for the discerning golfer. Ricky Barnes joins other celebrated golfers who are already livening up the course in Tommy Bahama apparel, including PGA TOUR player Ken Duke and golf legend Tom Lehman, who has worn the brand since 2002.
“I appreciate the support of Tommy Bahama,” said Barnes, “and, no pun intended, it’s a great fit. I’m proud to represent a company whose attitude toward both life and golf mirror mine.”
Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur Champion and co-holder of the 2003 Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate player, is in his ninth year on the PGA TOUR. He made it through two rounds of the FedEx Playoffs in 2016. Stylish and outgoing, Barnes is a real fan favorite who truly embodies the Tommy Bahama lifestyle.


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