The 16-year pro and 2012 winner of The PLAYERS Championship, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons, held off the WGC-Accenture’s defending champion to win his first tournament of 2013. The WGC-Accenture champion is one of only two former U.S. Amateur champions to win the Match Play Championship, and he owns a 15-3 record in Match Play, the best winning percentage of any player.
The No. 1 composite iron shafts on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts are now No. 1 and No. 2 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup.
“From snow in the desert to a dominate performance all weekend, the WGC-Accenture will be talked about for a long time and we’re very excited to see SteelFiber shafts win their third event in four weeks on the PGA and Champions Tours. I offer my personal congratulations to the Accenture champion for an outstanding and very memorable performance,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber is perhaps the biggest success story on the pro tours today. It’s a one-of-a-kind technology that combines the performance characteristics of steel and graphite to provide both power and stability.”
In addition to the win, Aerotech Golf chalked up another Top 10 finish at the WGC-Accenture as well. Another player scored T9 with SteelFiber composite shafts in his irons.
Nippon Shaft’s new N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts recorded a second-place finish Sunday at the Northern Trust Open near Los Angeles, tying for first after 72 holes and forcing a sudden death playoff.
The 28-year-old Arizona native wielded a prototype of the Tour 130 shafts in his irons when he won last year’s Disney event in Orlando. At Riviera Country Club last week, he shot 11-under par on rounds of 67-71-68-67--273 in regulation, but bogeyed the devilish 310-yard par 4 10th to fall on the second playoff hole.
“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have played a role in such an outstanding week of golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “His performance this week showed that his victory in Orlando late last season is very likely to be replicated soon.” He earned $712,800 for Sunday’s spectacular play, his biggest check of the year.
The two-year Champions Tour player shot 16 birdies for a solid 9-under (71-68-68=207) on the TwinEagles GC (Talon Course) in Naples, Fla. He plays SteelFiber i110 shafts in his TaylorMade irons.
“Our growing success on the Champions and PGA Tours continues to spotlight the unique performance benefits that players receive with SteelFiber shafts,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “The innovative composite technology of SteelFiber shafts combine the power of graphite with the stability of steel, and the resulting performance reduces fatique for players of all ages and skill levels, as well as provides for more greater vibration dampening.”
The nine-year pro and reigning FedExCup champion shot 19-under 267 to break the tournament record and capture his first win of 2013, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons. The victory was the fifth of his career and fourth within the past 22 months. The champion moved to No. 4 in the world, and is now the second-highest American in the world ranking.
“We are very pleased to have such an unprecedented start to the 2013 season. More and more TOUR players are discovering the unique playing benefits of composite iron shafts so we’re looking forward to a very exciting season this year,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber is the only technology of its kind on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts provide the consistency of steel, while at the same time provide the feel and vibration-dampening benefits of graphite. It’s a winning innovation that’s changing the game.”
The reigning FedExCup champion and current FedExCup leader closed with second-place, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons. He shot a 24-under-260 (64-66-65-65). The fourth-place finisher also trusted SteelFiber i110 shafts to deliver his first Top Five finish of the 2013 season.
“This was a great week for SteelFiber shafts, and a great demonstration of the playing benefits offered by high-performance composite iron shafts,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “While graphite shafts produce greater vibration dampening and less fatigue and steel shafts offer more consistency, the composite technology of our SteelFiber shafts bring together these two materials to produce the power of graphite and stability of steel.”