Playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his irons, the Canadian Open champion won his second PGA TOUR title of the year, winning with 16-under-par, three-stroke victory. He is now third in the FedExCup standings, and is in good position to be the first reigning FedEx Cup champion to defend his title at the TOUR Championship. Meanwhile, a runner-up at the Canadian Open earned a share of second-place, playing SteelFiber shafts in his Bridgestone irons.
"It's a difficult challenge to win on the PGA TOUR, so receiving back-to-back wins on TOUR is incredible. We're very excited with the results and we offer our sincere congratulations to the new Canadian Open champion and the runner-up who trust their game to SteelFiber shafts," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "The SteelFiber i95 is a great transition into a lighter weight iron shaft without going too light and substantially changing the feel of the club during the swing. The 95-gram weight provides good improvement in distance, while still maintaining accuracy and consistency."
SteelFiber's composite iron shaft technology continues to provide unique performance benefits every week on the PGA TOUR. Currently, SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 3 and No. 4 in the Money List; Nos. 6 and 7 in official world rankings; and tied for first and third in Top 10 finishes.
The KBS Team congratulates this champion and is thrilled to be able to support the five-time major winner. With KBS Tour V iron and wedge shafts in the bag, his round of 66 and four birdies in the final six holes ranks as one of the all-time great final rounds in major championship history. As a testament to terrific iron play, he also ranked T3 in one-putts and T2 in total birdies.
The KBS brand was well represented at The Open with 20 professionals putting the Tour and C-Taper shafts in play. In addition to the champion’s KBS setup, the player in T3 place also trusted KBS Tour shafts in irons and wedges. This professional won The Masters earlier in the season.
Through the first three majors this season, the only pieces of equipment in common with the three champions are their KBS shafts.
KBS is the Shaft of Major Champions:
- 2013 Open Championship, KBS Tour V
- 2013 U.S. Open, KBS C-Taper
- 2013 Masters, KBS Tour
- 2012 Open Championship, KBS Tour
Kim Braly, Designer of KBS Golf Shafts, commented on The Open champion, “This is the best he has ever struck his irons and wedges and we are excited to have his trust in our product. Both his longer irons and wedges were integral at The Open. Our testing with the 3i, 4i, and his four wedges helped put him in a scoring position throughout the tournament. We congratulate him and his family on a great victory.”
The Sanderson Farm Championship marks the fourth PGA Tour win of the 2013 season for SteelFiber shafts. In addition to the victory, SteelFiber shafts also picked up an extra Top 10 finish with a T9 money position.
"SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR going on four straight years, and we congratulate this week's winner on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "His choice of the SteelFiber i110 is perfect for a player looking to go a little bit lighter than the typical steel shafted irons. The SteelFiber i110 allows them to pick up some yardage while maintaining a low penetrating ball flight and avoid changing the overall feel they are accustomed to from playing steel shafts. The player will also benefit from the reduced vibrations of a composite shaft which results in fewer injuries and less fatigue during the round."
The leader, a Masters winner and 9 time PGA Tour winner, used a combination of great all around play and another amazing putting display with his renowned SeeMore FGP Tour Milled putter. He took just 26 putts in taking the outright after the 1st round.
The leader's 66 also means that he has now fired 3 of his last 5 rounds in the Open Championship, at 66 or better, a feat rarely accomplished in Major Championship golf. He is also 17 under in the 1st round of his last 3 official starts.
2013 U.S. Senior Open - KBS Tour shafts in the winner's irons and two wedges. This professional won with a dominating five stroke margin. He has used KBS shafts since 2008 and now has six professional wins, including two majors, with the shafts.
Aberdeen Scottish Open - KBS Tour V prototype shaft in the winner's irons and wedges, this is the second victory for this player in KBS shafts since switching his setup in 2012.
"We have worked closely with both players the past couple years and are thrilled to see their success this season. Both have many wins to their name, and their trust in our shafts is a testament to performance benefit of KBS. We congratulate both players and wish them continued success this season." said Kim Braly, Director of Tour Operations and R&D at KBS.
SteelFiber shafts are the No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours, and have a growing reputation for delivering the power of graphite and stability of steel. Currently on the Champions Tour, SteelFiber players are Nos. 3 and 8 in the Charles Schwab Cup's Top 10 rankings. On the PGA Tour, SteelFiber shafts are currently No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 3 in the Money List; Nos. 6 and 8 in official world rankings; and tied for second and fourth in Top 10 finishes. SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
"With more and more professionals turning to SteelFiber shafts, composite shaft technology for irons could quite possibly be the fastest growing trend in golf equipment on the PGA and Champions Tours today," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "SteelFiber's composite technology delivers the stability and consistency players typically appreciate with steel shafts while at the same time giving greater vibration dampening and reducing a player's fatigue."
Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, the Senior Players Championship runner-up shot 17-under-par 263 for second-place. He was first in Greens-in-Regulation, shooting 90.28%, and tied for first in birdies (23). He is currently the No. 3 ranked player in the Charles Schwab Cup and the weekend's results puts SteelFiber players at Nos. 3 and 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup's Top 10 rankings.
Meanwhile on the PGA Tour, SteelFiber i95 shafts secured another Top 10 money position with a T8 at the AT&T National. SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 3 in the 2013 PGA TOUR Money List; No. 5 and 7 in official world rankings; and tied for first for Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
"It's very exciting to see Steelfiber shafts delivering Top 10 finishes on the PGA and Champions Tour nearly every week," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "More and more players on the PGA and Champions Tours are discovering the unique performance characteristics of SteelFiber shafts. SteelFiber's composite technology is a game-changing innovation that gives greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while at the same time provides the stability and shot-making consistency often associated with steel shafts."
The winner of the U.S. Women’s Open used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons. The victory was her third LPGA major championship this year. She is only the fourth LPGA player in history to win three majors in the same season, joining three legends of the women’s game: Babe Zaharias, Mickey Wright and Pat Bradley.
Meanwhile, on the European Tour, the Irish Open winner used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO PROTOTYPE ORA shaft with an X flex in his irons to come from four strokes behind in windy conditions at Carton House outside Dublin. The oft-injured 35-year-old Englishman started the final round four strokes behind the leader, but closed with a final round 5-under par 67 to win by three. On the par 5 18th, he hit the green in two despite a poor tee shot and drained a 50-footer for eagle to win in style.
“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that our high quality steel shafts were able to help both players win the U.S. Women’s Open and the Irish Open, two prestigious national Open titles,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company. “Nippon Shaft is proud that we carefully design and manufacture a variety of shafts aimed at serving the specific needs of the world’s best players, both women and men, as well as for low-handicap amateurs.”
In 2012, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 50 victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.