CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 23, 2015) – The 37-year-old Englishman shot a 6-under par total for the tournament, including a 4-under 68 in the final round, to play his way into a three-way playoff at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. He used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE ORA steel shafts in his irons and wedges.

Two players who finished one shot out of the playoff also used Nippon Shafts in their irons and finished T-4. The Spaniard used N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 steel shafts in his irons and wedges. The former PGA Championship winner used N.S. PRO PRO MODUS³ Tour 125 steel shafts in his irons and wedges – for the first time in a PGA TOUR event.

The 52-year-old Fijian finished three shots out of the playoff at 3-under and tied for 12th, using N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and wedges. Meanwhile, the 35-year-old Carolinian tied for 14th at 2-under using N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE ST steel shafts in his irons and MODUS³ 125 Wedge shafts in his wedges.

“Nippon Shaft is proud not only to have another first-place finisher in a PGA TOUR event, we are very pleased that all five of the Nippon Shaft players who finished 14th or better used different Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons and wedges,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “This proves that Nippon Shaft is creating a variety of high quality shafts to meet the needs of tour pros and high-level amateur players.”

In addition to The Northern Trust Open, Nippon Shaft finished in first place at the Humana, OHL and the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in November. The latter three resulted in victories while yesterday’s event resulted in a tie for second place.

Nippon Shaft recently announced that 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilized various models of Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons and wedges during the 2013-14 season, an increase of 69.5% over the previous year. Fifty-six U.S. PGA TOUR players and 14 European Tour members chose from among five types of Nippon Shaft steel shafts to outfit their irons. Iron shaft models used were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE ST prototype shaft, and N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE ORA 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

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.