PUMA® Athlete Geoff Ogilvy Takes His First Major at the U.S. Open Championships

June 20, 2006

PUMA® athlete Geoff Ogilvy achieved victory with an impressive win at the U.S. Open Championships


Boston, MA – PUMA® athlete Geoff Ogilvy achieved victory with an impressive win at the U.S. Open Championships in New York on June 18th, his first Major in his professional golf career. The 29-year old Australian, outfitted in PUMA Golf apparel and footwear, accomplished this playing on one of the most challenging courses in the world. Ogilvy not only took the industry by storm with his performance, but also became the second Australian to win the U.S. Open after David Graham in 1981.

“PUMA is proud to have Geoff as a part of the PUMA family. He continually proves his superior athletic abilities and his finesse on the course. This win at the US Open proves his talent and his skill,” said Jochen Zeitz Chairman and CEO of PUMA AG. “Geoff’s visibility and performance in the industry has helped propel our launch into the golf category and we are happy to be a part of this momentous achievement in his career.”

At the U.S. Open, Ogilvy turned heads with his all around game highlighted by a chip-in for a par at the 17th and his great up and down on the 18th. His skill, technique and accuracy led Ogilvy to finish 5-over 275. Ogilvy has quickly become a rising star in the golf world after his impressive win at the Accenture World Match Play Championships this past February. Geoff has shown a solid performance in the last four majors, finishing 5th in the British Open, 6th in the PGA Championships and 16th at The Masters. 2006 has been a break out year for Ogilvy with two wins and four top ten finishes. This win at the U.S Open advances Ogilvy to 2nd on the 2006 PGA Tour Money Leaders and 8th in the official 2006 PGA Tour Official World Golf Ranking.

“I am still in a state of excitement over my first victory in the Majors,” said PUMA athlete Geoff Ogilvy, “I feel very fortunate to have partners like PUMA by my side, supporting me at every competition. The PUMA brand is about making the sport of golf inclusive and fun and no other tournament speaks to this more than the U.S. Open.”

Ogilvy, who has been sponsored by PUMA since January, was wearing pieces from PUMA’s spring and fall Golf collections throughout the week. Later this month, the new fall collection will hit stores. During the U.S. Open, Geoff was wearing PG GTX Spikes in black and white. For apparel, he chose bright and colorful pieces from the line including the Golf Engineered Polo in fresh salmon, Golf Polo featuring PUMA’s 18-hole graphic, Golf Pants and the PUMA Golf Belt, which adorns the PUMA Cat on the buckle. Despite the heat throughout the weekend, Geoff stayed calm and cool with PUMA’s advanced technology such as the Ultimate Sports Performance Technology (USP) and moisture wicking finish featured in his attire.

PUMA Golf offers performance footwear, apparel and accessories and select lifestyle pieces for men and women that will enhance your game as well as your style. The PUMA Golf Collection worn by Geoff Ogilvy is currently available at lifestyle boutiques, select golf specialty, green grass retailers and PUMA Concept Stores worldwide.

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