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Nippon Shaft claims 2 major winners


CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 17, 2018) – Two World Golf Hall of Fame members used Nippon Shaft products to record victories Sunday (July 15) outside Chicago at the Constellation Senior Players Championship and the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

The 55-year-old Fijian won his first senior major championship on the second hole of a sudden death playoff, where he made a birdie 3 on the 18th hole at the Donald Ross-designed Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. 

The former Masters champion and two-time winner of the PGA Championship used the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 steel shafts in both his irons and wedges to shoot 20-under par in regulation with rounds of 68-67-66-67—268.

The victory was 138th global Tour win for a MODUS³ model and the 15th this year alone. 

Meanwhile, at the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, the 54-year-old Englishwoman lapped the field with a 10-shot victory at the Charles Blair McDonald-Seth Raynor-designed masterpiece.

She used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges to shoot 16-under par for the championship with rounds of 71-71-66-68—276. She started the day with a five-shot lead and finished with a birdie on the 18th hole. It was her 85th victory worldwide.

The 950GH shafts have more than 200 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 proud that two Hall of Fame players trusted Nippon Shaft to help them win major championships on the same day and in the same area,” said Hiro Fukuda, marketing and sales for Nippon Shaft. “Nippon Shaft continues to prove consistently that our shafts can help players get the most out of their talent and hard work.”

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

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.

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