Nippon Shaft’s steel shaft products were in play through the bags of both the winner and runner-up at the US Women’s Open, which ended in sudden death at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The winner – Yuka Saso – who tied for the youngest-ever US Women’s Open champion at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days – used N.S.PRO MODUS³ prototype steel shafts in her irons and wedges to claim the title, with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
The runner-up, Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, 22, used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges on route to her 4-under regulation total and two pars in the aggregate portion of the playoff. She has been playing the LPGA since 2017 and has three victories. Her second-place finish paid $594,000.
It was the 239th victory for Nippon Shaft’s Modus series on global professional tours.
“Nippon Shaft is thrilled to congratulate both the winner and runner-up at this year’s exciting US Women’s Open, the richest and most prestigious championship in women’s golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “Both players entrusted Nippon Shaft to produce high-quality tools of success, a faith we take very seriously for them and hundreds of other top global Tour players who rely on us for the best shafts in the game.”
More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy and trajectory.