Golf News – April 3, 2018


NIPPON Shaft Wins Year’s First LPGA Major at ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills

Runner Up & Third Also Used Nippon Shaft

CARLSBAD, CA – The winner of the marathon two-day eight-hole playoff hat decided the ANA Inspiration used steel Nippon Shaft products in her irons and wedges. So did the runner-ups.

The 31-year-old Swedish champion used N.S.PRO 850GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges to shoot 15-under par and prevail on the eighth hole of the sudden-death playoff to earn her first LPGA tournament victory and her first major championship.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old runner up used the N.S.PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges. The seven-time major champion from South Korea won the LPGA Founders Cup last month.

The third playoff contender also uses N.S. PRO 750GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the champion of the ANA Inspiration on her first LPGA Tour victory and her first major,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We also want to congratulate the runner up and the third finisher on their outstanding performances.”

The three players shot 15-under par 273 in regulation at the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California. One was eliminated Sunday evening on the third hole. The match resumed at 8 a.m. Monday.

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Jordan Spieth Will Feature Under Armour’s Newest Products at the Masters

Footwear Highlights – UA Spieth 2

  • Breathable, 100% GORE-TEX® waterproof fabric that keeps you dry and focused
  • Powerful TPU fibers woven into the upper for lightweight support & total comfort
  • UA Rotational Resistance Spikes for lockdown traction in every direction

Apparel Highlights – UA Threadborne

  • UA Microthread technology in the fabric dries faster, won’t cling to you, won’t chafe & stretches without absorbing sweat
  • 4-way stretch construction moves better in every direction
  • Material wicks sweat and anti-odor technology prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes

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Michael Kors Announces Global Partnership With South African Pro Golfer and Masters Champion Charl Schartzel

LONDON, ENGLAND — Michael Kors Holdings Limited, a global fashion luxury group, is pleased to announce that the Michael Kors brand will be entering into the world of golf through a sponsorship of South African professional golfer and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. The partnership will feature Schwartzel as the brand’s first golf ambassador wearing Michael Kors Mens apparel throughout his worldwide tour appearances, which include PGA, European and Sunshine tour events.

“Charl has reached the pinnacle of achievement in the game of golf and his exceptional career is the reason why he is the perfect ambassador for Michael Kors,” said John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michael Kors Holdings Limited. “Not only is Charl one of the most accomplished players on the tour but he represents the timeless values as well as the traditions of the sport. We are proud that he will represent us both on and off the course.”

“I am honored to be working with Michael Kors and representing one of the world’s leading luxury brands,” said Schwartzel. “Michael Kors Mens sportswear provides the perfect combination of fit, form and function while I’m competing. I’m also excited to collaborate with the company on the development of their sportswear, providing input on performance features to be incorporated into the line.”

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