CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 2, 2018) – Using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Wedge 105 shafts in her wedges, the 24-year-old South Korean won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Sunday at Kemper Lakes Golf Club outside Chicago.
Her victory came on the second hole of a three-way sudden death playoff (No. 16), where she made a birdie 3. In regulation, she shot 10-under par 66-72-71-69—278 to tie with the two other players.
It was the fourth LPGA Tour victory and the second major championship for the 2017 LPGA Rookie of the Year and Co-Player of the Year, who won the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. She also won an LPGA event in Texas in May.
A key shot in her final round came when she wedged her ball high into the air from the edge of a pond in front of the 16th green with the ball coming to rest a foot from the hole. What could have been disaster ended with a round-saving kick-in par.
The victory was 137th global Tour win for a MODUS³ model and the 14th this year alone. Meanwhile, the 950GH shafts have more than 100 victories on pro tours around the world since Nippon Shaft brought the sub-100-gram steel shaft to market some 20 years ago.
“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that the winner of the 2018 Women’s PGA trusted Nippon Shaft products to help get the job done at Kemper Lakes,” said Hiro Fukuda, marketing and sales for Nippon Shaft. “We wish her continued success in her already distinguished career.”
One of the other players in the playoff also used N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts. The 19-year-old from Japan also won with those shafts last week at the LPGA event in Arkansas.
Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. Details of these can be found at www.nipponshaft.com
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.