CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 10, 2017) – Nippon Shaft won its second major championship in the last nine months with its victory Sunday in Augusta, Georgia.
On what would have been the 60th birthday of his idol and fellow countryman, the 37-year-old Spaniard used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 X flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges Sunday to win The Masters, his first major championship.
He won the 81st Masters with a birdie 3 on the first hole of a sudden death playoff – No. 18 - against his European Ryder Cup teammate and Olympic gold medalist after the two started the final round tied for the lead and proceeded to shoot a pair of 3-under par 69s.
The world’s 7th-ranked golfer and winner of over 30 tournaments worldwide smiled broadly as he donned the tournament’s legendary green jacket in the traditional post-victory ceremony. He shot a total of 9-under par with rounds of 71-69-70-69—279. The win guaranteed his spot in The Masters for the rest of his career.
“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the 2017 winner of The Masters,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “Nippon Shaft is extremely happy that a player of such great talent and promise has broken through to win his first major championship. And we are honored that he has trusted the quality and precision of Nippon Shaft products to compete at the game’s highest level of competition.”
The company also congratulates the native Englishman who finished tied for sixth place at 4-under part using Nippon Shaft N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons. He fired rounds of 72-75-69-68—284 for the week.
Last July, Nippon Shaft was used by the winner of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.
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.