Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series of steel shafts added victories No. 163 and 164 since their introduction as the winners of both the Web.com and LPGA Tour events used the shafts in their irons on Sunday. They were the ninth and 10th MODUS³ victories on professional tours this season.
The Web.com winner used the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X-flex steel shafts in his irons, which he used to stick his approach to two feet on the fourth playoff hole for a tap-in birdie to win the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship at the Senator Course in Prattville, Alabama. Earlier, he stuck his iron shot on the 72nd hole to five feet to force a playoff.
The 30-year-old champion led the field in greens in regulation, hitting the green with his approach shots 82 per cent of the time. In regulation play, the Virginia Commonwealth product shot 15-under-par with rounds of 68-68-69-68 for a total of 273. He earned $99,000 for the victory and jumped to ninth place on the Web.com money list, putting himself in good position to earn his PGA Tour playing privileges for next season.
Meanwhile, on the LPGA Tour, the 21-year-old Canadian used N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 steel shafts in her irons and the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Wedge 115 steel shafts in her wedges in the successful defense of her LOTTE Championship at the Ko Olina GC in Kapolei, Hawaii.
She shot a 16-under-par 272 with rounds of 65-68-69-70 for a four-stroke victory over her nearest competitor, winning for the eighth time, which ties her for the most professional victories by a Canadian. Her winner’s cheque was $300,000.
“Nippon Shaft is very excited that the winners on both the Web.com and LPGA Tours had the confidence and trust in Nippon Shaft products to use them to win at very high levels of competition,” said Hiro Fukuda, marketing and sales for Nippon Shaft. “Players use Nippon Shaft products because they’re designed to perform consistently and reliably when needed most.”
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.