The shift back to Mizuno irons on tour was highlighted on Sunday 11th March with an incredible pair of wins – by players using the irons purely through choice. First came a win for a mixed set of MP-25 and MP-5’s at a very high profile Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour. Later the same day on the Champions Tour, the Toshiba Classic was won with a set of MP-4 blades. The wins comes just a fortnight after Eddie Pepperell won his first European Tour event with a set of Mizuno JPX900 Tour irons – fending off another Mizuno iron player Oliver Fisher into 2nd.
Mizuno irons have become increasingly noticeable in more professional bags over the last season – as more elite players have turned their backs on sponsorship deals and opted for sets mixed from more than one manufacturer. In 2017 the trend was highlighted with a win at the US Open from a player with a mixed bag – including a set of JPX900 Tour irons.
“Mizuno irons have a history of being in the bags of the world’s top players – in their early days coming through the ranks, or between contracts. This new chapter of elite players rejecting lucrative sponsorship deals to play equipment they’re most comfortable with – it’s really encouraging. It’s ultimately better for the players – as you can see in the results. That alone should be enough for the ‘mixed bag’ to be a permanent fixture at the elite end on tour.” Alex Thorne, European Tour Operations Manager,
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