CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2017) – European Ryder Cup stalwarts from Spain and Sweden, respectively, used Nippon Shaft products in their irons and wedges to finish 1-2 Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.
The 37-year-old Spaniard recorded a dominant wire-to-wire victory using Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 X flex shafts in his irons and wedges as he shot 19-under par 269 with rounds of 65-67-68-69. He led the field in the important greens-in-regulation category.
The victory was his 12th on the European Tour and his first since winning the Byron Nelson Championship last year on the PGA TOUR. The win moved him up to No. 9 in the World Rankings from 15th.
His Swedish pursuer used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges to mount a final-round charge. The reigning Open Champion shot 16-under par 272 with rounds of 68-68-67-69.
The shot of the day for the 37-year-old native of Castellon was his tee shot on the par 3 15th when he hit a laser to two feet and tapped in for birdie, giving him a 4-shot lead going into the final three holes.
“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the 2017 winner of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as well as his Ryder Cup teammate who finished runner-up,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “Both of these world-class players have been playing Nippon Shaft products for several years now, and our company is honored by their continuing faith in our shafts.”
The popularity of Nippon Shaft on the world’s major men’s tours continued to grow in the 2015-2016 season, with 137 players on the PGA TOUR and European Tour utilizing steel shafts created by the Japan-based golf shaft manufacturer. Players utilizing Nippon Shaft products won 12 times, using four variations of the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour steel shafts in their irons and one player using the Wedge 115 shaft.
“Nippon Shaft is proud and gratified that its product penetration continues to experience meaningful growth year after year on the world’s major men’s golf tours,” Fukuda said.
Meanwhile, Nippon Shaft continues to be the preferred shaft on the LPGA Tour, with several players having recorded victories on the world’s predominant women’s pro circuit.
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.