It was the second major championship victory for the native Englishman, who also won the Senior PGA – using the same Nippon Shafts – last month in Benton Harbor, Mich.
The 53-year-old champion shot a 4-under par 66 in the final round Sunday to outlast some of the bigger names in the game at Indianwood. For the championship he shot 68-68-68-66 for a 10-under par total of 270 at a course that has hosted two recent U.S. Women’s Opens and the 1930 Western Open.
“I wanted to prove to myself and to other people that Benton Harbor wasn’t a one-off event,” said the champion, who hit 83 percent of his greens in regulation, third-best in the field and by far his best statistical showing for the week.
“Nippon Shaft is very proud that its products contributed to a victory at the U.S. Senior Open, the most prestigious senior championship in the world,” said Hiroyuki Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We congratulate the winner on an extraordinary summer.”
A number of touring pros – including former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team members – are playing prototype versions of the MODUS3 shafts in PGA and European PGA tournaments this year. The Tour 120 model weighs between 114 and 126 grams and comes in S, X, and Tour X flex options. An R flex is new this season. Other models still in the testing phase weigh as little as 106 grams and as many as 139 grams – but all meet the requirements of top players.
The N.S. PRO MODUS3 series shafts are growing in popularity with tour pros because they offer optimal performance in the three key areas:
1. Desired trajectory, which comes as a result of the unique shaft structure;
2. Accurate distances, thanks to the shaft’s unique raw steel material and accompanying heat treatment;
3. Tight dispersion, which comes from the exacting tolerances of the highest quality level.
Nippon Shaft made its reputation in the late 1990s by developing the first high quality lightweight steel shaft. The revolutionary N.S. PRO 950GH became the industry’s first sub-100 gram steel shaft, combining the stability and consistency of heavier shafts with extremely lightweight. Soon, Nippon Shaft grew to be the No. 1-selling shaft in Asia, controlling 80 percent of the market.
Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory at its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process, Fukuda said. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.
Nippon Shaft has more than 200 professional tour victories on worldwide. Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia, where it controls 80 percent of the golf shaft market.
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 San Diego.