MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skechers Performance™—a division of Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX)—announces the multi-year contract extension with professional golfer Matt Kuchar. In addition to representing Skechers GO GOLF® on the PGA TOUR and in Skechers GO GOLF global marketing campaigns, he will also continue working closely with the company developing new golf footwear.
“Working with Skechers Performance has been extremely rewarding,” said Kuchar. “Their team has been a creative force and is on the cutting edge of design, bringing me the best footwear possible and keeping me at the top of my game. The shoes I wear need to be stable and secure on the green, and Skechers Performance has that perfect balance, giving me the highest functionality while remaining the most comfortable golf shoes I’ve ever worn.“
A seven-time PGA TOUR champion, Kuchar has played an integral role in the technical development of Skechers GO GOLF footwear and has brought significant awareness to the overall golf division. Kuchar launched the Skechers GO GOLF Pro with a comedic series of TV spots titled “GOLF Tips with Matt Kuchar,” which gained the industry’s attention and won the International Network of Golf (ING) 2015 Industry Honors award. He has since followed up with a new campaign titled “GOLF SCHOOL” that includes several of Skechers Performance golf pros: Belén Mozo, Billy Andrade, and Colin Montgomerie.
“Our partnership with Matt has been invaluable in growing our golf business,” said Rick Higgins, Senior Vice President, Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance. “His input on developing the footwear has helped us build some of the most competitive golf shoes on the market and on top of that, he is a first-class guy to work with. We’ve had a lot of fun shooting our GOLF SCHOOL commercial spots with him – they allow everyone to see that great side of Matt’s personality.”
Spectators will get a first look at the new spring 2017 Skechers GO GOLF Pro 2™ this week, as Kuchar steps up to tee off. He will debut the model—as will Skechers Performance pro and 2016 PGA TOUR winner Russell Knox. The Skechers GO GOLF Pro 2 merges Skechers Performance’s innovative comfort and technology and features Skechers Performance’s new 5GEN midsole foam cushioning and a new dual density outsole with an integrated grip technology to provide stability through the athlete’s swing. The Skechers GO GOLF Pro 2 will be available in two waterproof leather uppers, giving the golfer an upgraded premium option. It will be released to consumers later this year.
Skechers GO GOLF has become known for its innovative designs, high quality comfort, shock-absorbing midsole and superb stability. The footwear is available at select retailers including golf pro shops, as well as online at skechers.com.
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 160 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,340 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).
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