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Masters low amateur Neal Shipley heads to the U.S. Open as a Jack Nicklaus™ brand ambassador

Palm Beach Gardens, FL  -- Ohio State golfer and Jack Nicklaus Brand Ambassador, Neal Shipley entered professional golf’s world stage in a debut that dreams are made of.  


After meticulous preparation, Shipley garnered low amateur honors, a final round pairing with Tiger Woods, and a seat in the Butler Cabin next to World No. 1 and champion Scottie Scheffler. It’s safe to say Shipley’s first Masters experience was one for the history books. 

“With the week I’ve had, I think I’d have to win one of these things to top this week”, Shipley remarked.

Shipley’s stellar performance through the first two rounds landed him under the cut line - the only amateur in the field to do so. This secured his spot as low amateur of the 2024 Masters Tournament going into the weekend and a guaranteed trip to Butler Cabin for the green jacket presentation. To top it all, his final round pairing was with a legend in the game, Tiger Woods. You probably couldn’t ask for a better ending to his fairytale debut.


“I was a little nervous, but playing with Tiger was very cool, what a great guy,” commented Shipley.  “He was so down to earth, just a really good guy to enjoy a round of golf with, especially at Augusta on Sunday.”

At Augusta National, Shipley sported outfits throughout the week from the Jack Nicklaus™ Blue Label by Perry Ellis and the Jack Nicklaus™ Black Label collections. This brand partnership will continue on for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst next week, where Shipley will showcase pieces from both collections.

As a Buckeye golfer, the partnership with Jack Nicklaus™ Apparel just made sense. 

“It was an honor to wear the Golden Bear logo during the Masters, as I know Augusta National is a place that holds so much meaning to the Nicklaus brand,” added Shipley. “I’m proud to Wear the Bear again this week at Pinehurst.” 

The apparel is featured on Perry Ellis’s ecommerce site,,, and the Nicklaus Companies website

The 2024 Collection for the Blue Label was created by the talented design team at Perry Ellis International, now in its second successful decade with Nicklaus bringing golf-inspired lifestyle apparel to golfers across the country. The Spring/Summer 2024 Jack Nicklaus™ Black Label collection is distributed to international markets stretching from Asia to Europe and is also available on and at Nicklaus Design™ golf courses. 

About Nicklaus Companies
For 50 years, the mission of Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience and to deliver quality branded products and services on a global basis that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of its Founder, Jack Nicklaus. The Nicklaus Companies businesses include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of lifestyle products worldwide under the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 420 courses worldwide, open for play in 45 countries and 40 U.S states. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to further the growth of the company and expand the branded businesses. In addition to institutionalizing the Nicklaus brands for the future, Milstein has instilled a personal philosophy of “A Brand That Gives Back” with products and partners committing to donations to help the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and other charities. A leading entrepreneur in the golf industry, Milstein also created 8AM Golf, a family of companies that also includes GOLF Magazine and, Miura Golf, Club Conex, True Spec Golf and GolfLogix. All share a common mission to help players at all levels enjoy the game more. We leverage our winning heritage to achieve excellence, foster growth and champion social good. We activate modern strategies and techniques to enhance our customer’s lives and match the high standards set in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The company’s collections of men’s dress and casual sportswear, golf sportswear, lifestyle men’s sportswear and women’s lifestyle collections are distributed through major retail channels. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands,including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®,Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Farah®. Laundry by Shelli Segal® and Rafaella®. The company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR® and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and accessories. Additional information on the company is available at