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Champ Spikes captures Nissan Open for Second Year in a Row

Champ Spikes picked up its 5th major victory on the young season when the winner of the Nissan Open bested one of the world’s top golfers in a thrilling playoff for his first PGA Tour victory in nearly five years.

The winner chose CHAMP’s ScorpionStinger™, with its patented visible wear indicator, as he made three clutch pars in the playoff to clinch the win. The runner-up also sported CHAMP Spikes as CHAMP captured the Nissan Open for the second straight year. This week’s runner-up, last week’s champion, chose the traditional Cermec® steel spike featuring a highly abrasion and impact resistant ceramic ball that is fused to the hardened tool steel spike. Not only incredibly long lasting, but its rounded tip stays smooth making it a green friendly metal spike.

In all, CHAMP Spikes were by of six of the top ten finishers this past weekend. Of the 44 golfers wearing the CHAMP brand, 70% of them chose to switch out of the spikes provided by the manufacturer in favor of CHAMP spikes.
“What an exciting weekend,” said Harris MacNeill, President of CHAMP. “To have two different styles of our spikes being worn by the golfers in the playoff was fantastic. It is a perfect example of how CHAMP became the number one brand on tour; with different spikes for different types of players. The survey data is remarkable. The high percentage of players who choose to change their spikes in favor of our spikes is extremely high and a testament to the performance our spikes provide.”

Golfers at the Nissan Open were wearing the Scorpion Stinger, the ProStinger™ and Cermec® spikes. The Scorpion Stinger features the CHAMP patented “C” wear indicator and comes with unparalleled comfort and traction in a plastic spike while the Pro Stinger is golf’s only hybrid spike and features a metal center tip and cushioned outer traction elements for a truly unique spike.

 

Another Weekend, Another Win For Champ Spikes

CHAMP Spikes picked up its 4th major victory on the young season when the winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am sported CHAMP for his first win of the year and his 30th career title.

The winner chose the CHAMP Cermec® spike, the ultimate in metal spike technology, as he battled whipping winds and soggy rains en route to his five-stroke victory. The entire field fought off unsightly weather in the first three rounds of play when 73% of the players wearing CHAMP Spikes chose to switch to CHAMP from their original equipment.

“Nearly three-quarters of the players wearing CHAMP Spikes, chose our brand,” said Harris MacNeill, President of CHAMP. “Such a high number of players choosing to switch to CHAMP shows why we are the number one spike on tour. Having golfers who are at the top of their game choose our brand over the spikes that their shoes come equipped with shows how much confidence they have in our products. CHAMP is the number one brand on tour because we provide the players with more than one spike”

CHAMP’s ProStinger™, ScorpionStinger™ and Cermec® Spikes were all seen dotting the tees, fairways and greens at Pebble Beach. The winner’s choice: CHAMP Cermec®. The Cermec® spike consists of a highly abrasive and impact ceramic ball that’s fused to a hardened tool steel spike to battle through rough weather conditions. The Cermec® spike’s rounded tip keeps the spike smooth and green-friendly. In 2006, CHAMP won two-thirds of the tournaments played on the European PGA Tour and most of those players chose the Cermec® spike to compete on Europe’s tough terrain and hazardous weather conditions.

 

Super Sunday For Champ

MacNeill Engineering’s presence was felt on sport’s biggest stage of the year Sunday and on golf courses worldwide as CHAMP Spikes were worn by the majority of the fields at the FBR Open and the Dubai Desert Classic.

“Virtually all the players in the Super Bowl were wearing replaceable cleats because they counted on us for traction in the biggest game of the year,” said Harris MacNeill, President of CHAMP. “It’s a compliment to our company that so many of the golfers, in addition to football players, were also wearing our spikes in the span of a weekend.”

At the FBR Open in Arizona, the champion won wearing CHAMP Cermec® metal spikes as he carded birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to claim his second career PGA Tour victory. The 26 year old Australian’s pair of weekend 64s and 21-under-par four-round total was good enough to notch a one stroke victory.

CHAMP also managed to score well in the statistics department at the FBR Open as nearly 60% of those wearing CHAMP spikes chose to make the switch from the spikes that came in their shoes as original equipment.

“Globally, CHAMP’s presence was seen this past weekend but golf spikes are the mainstay of our business,” said MacNeill. “Having golfers who are at the top of their game choose our brand over the spikes that their shoes come equipped with shows how much confidence they have in our products. CHAMP is the number one brand on tour because we provide the players with more than one spike option.”

Meanwhile, halfway around the world at The Dubai Desert Classic, several CHAMP models were seen across the leader board. In total, CHAMP was on the feet of almost 70% of the field as CHAMP’s ProStinger, ScorpionSTINGER, and Cermec Spikes were all seen dotting the Desert Classic. CHAMP also claimed over half the players who preferred plastic spikes with their Scorpion Stinger and its patented “C” wear indicator.