NIPPON SHAFT WINS WGC DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

Second Consecutive Victory on the PGA Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 1, 2019) – Nippon Shaft won its second consecutive PGA Tour event Sunday (March 31) as the 35-year-old veteran from Aiken, South Carolina won the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play with a 3-and 2 victory over the current No. 1 player in the FedExCup standings.

It was the third - and most prestigious - PGA Tour victory for the former Georgia Bulldog, who played Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX-flex steel shafts in his irons and N.S.PRO MODUS³ Wedge 125 steel shafts in his wedges at Austin Country Club in Texas.

He finished 6-1-0 in his seven matches, earned a winner’s check of $1.745 million, improved his Official World Golf Ranking to No. 25 (from No. 50), and now is 13th in the FedExCup standings going into next week’s Masters.

The MODUS³ shaft series now has eight worldwide professional victories in the 2018-19 season and a total of 162 since its introduction in 2012. Approximately 150 players on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Web.com Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy and trajectory.

“Nippon Shaft is honored that the winner of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play has chosen our products to help him on his journey to the upper echelons of the golf world,” said Hiro Fukuda, marketing and sales for Nippon Shaft. “We wish him the best at Augusta.”

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.