Nippon Shaft recorded victories Sunday (August 19) on both the European Tour and the LPGA Tour.
The European Tour victory came at the Nordea Masters where the 33-year-old Englishman used Nippon Shaft N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons to win with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
He shot 66-63-69-68—266 in regulation for a 14-under par total at Hills Golf Club in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was his first European Tour victory in 200 starts and he earned €250,000 ($286,000).
Meanwhile on the LPGA Tour, the 24-year-old South Korean used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Wedge 105 shafts in her wedges to win the Indy Women in Tech Championship on the first hole of sudden death to reclaim her spot as No. 1 player in the world.
It was the champion’s third LPGA victory this year (including two majors) – and fifth overall in only two years on the tour. In regulation play, she shot 68-63-66-68—265 for a 23-under par total at Brickyard Crossing Golf Club in Indianapolis. She came back from a two-shot deficit over the final four holes before winning the playoff. The victory was good for $300,000.
Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ models now have won 20 times this year on pro tours around the world and for the 143rd time overall.
Over the years, LPGA winners have authored more than 200 victories with N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts, Nippon Shaft officials said.
“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud to have had two winners on two of the world’s major professional tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, Marketing and Sales for Nippon Shaft. “Nippon Shaft continues to prove consistently that our shafts combined with a player’s hard work and dedication can lead to success at the game’s highest levels.”
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.