By Nippon Shaft Posted November 24, 2015 In Nippon Shaft Tour Wins
CARLSBAD, Calif. (November 23, 2015) – Nippon Shaft recorded victories Sunday on two of the world’s biggest pro tours – one at the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic at Sea Island, Georgia; the other at the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
The 31-year-old native of South Carolina claimed his first PGA TOUR victory using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons and MODUS³ Wedge shafts in his wedges. He fired a tournament record 22-under par 260, shooting 64-64 on the weekend on the Seaside course at the Sea Island Resort. He took a 3-shot lead into the final round and won by six. The University of Georgia graduate won $1,026,000 and will receive an invitation to The Masters.
Meanwhile, at the LPGA’s season finale, the 38-year-old two-time major champion used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts with the SR flex in her irons and wedges to finish at 17-under par 271 to win by a stroke. She shot four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 68. In the final round, she birdied No. 15 to tie for the lead and made eagle on No. 17 to get into first place, where she stayed. Her 18th career victory came with a winner’s check of $500,000.
Meanwhile, at the DP World Championship in Dubai, the 28-year-old Englishman and 2015 three-time European Tour winner finished second, one shot behind the champion. He, too, used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and wedges to shoot 20-under par for the week.
“Nippon Shaft congratulates the winners of this week’s premier events in men’s and women’s golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, Sales and Marketing for Nippon Shaft. “As always, we take tremendous pride in the fact that the winners decided to use Nippon Shaft products when going into battle against the world’s toughest competition. “
Two other Nippon Shaft players finished in the top 10 at the RSM Classic. The 41-year-old Swede finished fifth, using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons. Meanwhile, the former U.S. Open champion used N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Wedge 125 shafts in his wedges and tied for ninth.
Currently some 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilized various models of Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons and wedges. An estimated 80 percent of LPGA Tour players utilize Nippon Shafts. Iron shaft models used by the pros were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105, PRO MODUS3 Tour 125 and N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype steel shafts.
In recent years, Nippon Shaft has been making inroads on the PGA TOUR with shafts designed for tour pros and low-handicap amateurs. For years, Nippon Shaft has been the most popular steel shaft on the LPGA Tour, thanks to its ability to manufacture a shaft that combines lightweight and sturdiness, which ensures maximum control.
Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.
Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global club fitter network. Details of these can be found at www.nipponshaft.com
Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.
Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia. Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer. Nippon Shaft’s North American headquarters is in Carlsbad.