CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Nippon Shaft earned a one-stroke victory at the Valspar Championship on Sunday at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa.
The 42-year-old native Australian birdied the 16th and 17th holes to shoot a final round 2-under par 70 to win by a stroke. He finished at 7-under par on rounds of 72-71-64-70 on the difficult course, which put a premium on accurate iron play.
It was the second PGA Tour victory for the champion, who used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS" Tour 130 X-flex steel shafts in his irons and N.S. PRO MODUS" Tour WV 125 steel shafts in his wedges. He put the Nippon Shaft products in play for the first time last October 17 at the Shriners tournament in Las Vegas.
"Nippon Shaft is pleased that we were able to play a role in today's victory by one of the game's best iron players," said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker.
The victory for the native of Brisbane was his first since he won the 2006 John Deere Classic, and it gets him a coveted spot in next month's Masters.
Long the dominant shaft on the LPGA Tour, Nippon Shaft in recent years has successfully expanded its product line to include shafts designed for PGA TOUR professionals and low-handicap amateurs. Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of 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.
Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world's top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft's dedicated global club fitter network. Details of these can be found at www.nipponshaft.com
Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan. The company's integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality - from material selection to final testing.
Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide. 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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