Nippon Shaft’s tour developed N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shafts were played by the winner of yesterday’s Web.com event and by the runner-up and third-place finishers on the PGA TOUR.
A total of 21 players on the European Tour and PGA TOUR utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shafts in their irons, making it the hottest steel shaft on the pro circuits.
The winner of the United Leasing Championship shot 9-under 279 on rounds of 73-67-72-67 using the 980ST X flex steel shafts to win by a stroke and take home a winner’s check of $108,000. It was the first Web.com title for the 43-year-old Englishman, who overcame a seven-shot deficit on the final day at Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind.
At the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National, the runner-up from Baytown, Texas also utilized the 980ST X flex steel shafts in his irons to finish regulation play at 4-under 280 on rounds of 74-68-68-70 at the challenging Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. It was a difficult playoff, but he took consolation in the fact he earned a spot in The Open.
The third-place finisher, who ended up one shot out of the playoff, also used the 980ST X flex steel shafts in his irons, and also made it into The Open.
At the BMW Championship in Germany, the 37-year-old Swedish golfer who last year won both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai championships got into a four-way playoff by shooting an impressive 19-under par 269 with rounds of 68-68-66-67 in Cologne. He used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 S flex steel shafts in his irons.
On the LPGA Tour, it was an American star using the N.S. PRO 950GH – Nippon Shaft’s industry-changing lightweight steel shaft – who finished runner up at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She shot 11-under par for the 54-hole event on rounds of 69-66-67—202.
“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud to be able to provide high quality steel shafts that players from all over the world use to compete on all major professional tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese shaft maker.
“We are especially proud of the impact we are having with the MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shaft for irons,” Fukuda said. “The shaft was developed with input from the best players in the world, and we believe we have answered their needs.”