By Nippon Shaft Posted February 20, 2013 In Nippon Shaft Tour Wins

CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 20, 2013) – Nippon Shaft’s new N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts recorded a second-place finish Sunday at the Northern Trust Open near Los Angeles, tying for first after 72 holes and forcing a sudden death playoff.

The 28-year-old Arizona native wielded a prototype of the Tour 130 shafts in his irons when he won last year’s Disney event in Orlando. At Riviera Country Club last week, he shot 11-under par on rounds of 67-71-68-67–273 in regulation, but bogeyed the devilish 310-yard par 4 10th to fall on the second playoff hole.

“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have played a role in such an outstanding week of golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “His performance this week showed that his victory in Orlando late last season is very likely to be replicated soon.” He earned $712,800 for Sunday’s spectacular play, his biggest check of the year.

The N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 went on sale to the public on Feb. 1 after Nippon Shaft experts spent years traveling with the PGA TOUR getting player feedback and input during the shaft’s development phase.

Nippon Shaft products are available either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Shaftology – Nippon Shaft’s dedicated clubfitter network – and through the custom club departments of top club manufacturers.

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, Fukuda said. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide. 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.