CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2017) – Nippon Shaft placed five players in the Top 10 this Sunday, including a runner-up, at the Genesis Open at storied Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California outside Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old Augusta, Georgia native used Nippon Shaft N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX steel shafts in his irons en route to a second-place finish. He shot 12-under par 272 finish with rounds of 68-68-69-67.

Two Nippon Shaft players tied for fourth. The 33-year-old native of Seoul, South Korea used the N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons to shoot 11-under par 273 for the week. He began playing Nippon Shaft in competition early this season. Also shooting 273 was the 40-year-old Tour veteran out of San Diego, who used the N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons.

Two Nippon Shaft players, both Georgia Tech alumni, tied for eighth. The 23-year-old PGA TOUR rookie used N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX steel shafts in his irons and wedges to shoot 10-under par 274 for the week with rounds of 68-69-69-68. Meanwhile, playing in the final grouping on Sunday, his 29-year-old fellow Yellow Jacket shot 69-64-71-70 for the week, using N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 X and the 125 Wedge Shaft in his wedges.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates our five top 10 finishers at The Genesis Open,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “As more and more Tour players learn about the high quality and dependability of our products and on-course services, Nippon Shaft is adding to the number of players who rely on us for their shafts.”

Meanwhile, on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit, the popular Spaniard finished runner-up Sunday at the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida, using N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons.

Earlier this month, Nippon Shaft players finished 1-2 in the European Tour event at Dubai.

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

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.