Third major win in 15 months by ‘free agent’ with Mizuno irons

Plus Mizuno’s Kim Koivu wins again on the Challenge Tour

Mizuno’s JPX900 Tour irons were taken for the ride of their life on Sunday 12th July – played to a 2nd major win of 2018 at the PGA Championship.  By the same player who secured back to back US Open wins in 2018 – now with 3 major championships over 15 months of incredible golf.

Like many recent major winners, the player in question is a free agent when it comes to equipment – making their decision to stick with a set of JPX900 Tour irons even more compelling for Mizuno.

“It’s such a privilege and honour to have our irons being played by major champions,” Testu Kanayama, Director of R&D, Mizuno.  “The trend to elite players becoming ‘free agents’ has given Mizuno equipment a platform back at the very top level of the game.  When players choose irons based on quality and performance, Mizuno always has a much better chance of success.”

In the quieter settings of Europe’s Challenge Tour, Finland’s Kim Koivu (-21) won on home soil –  after birdieing the first play-off hole to claim the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge title.  With the win — his second of the season after taking the Belt & Road Colorful Yunnan Open — the 27 year old moves to the fourth position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah and makes serious headway towards earning his European Tour card for 2019.

“Two wins on the same day for our equipment at almost opposite ends of the tour, is a perfect indication of where Mizuno stands within the professional game,” Alex Thorne, Tour Operations Manager. “We’ve a really healthy blend of elite level equipment validation and emerging talent to stand us in good stead for the long term.”


Mizuno’s Kim Koivu also won on the Challenge Tour in Finland.

Kim Koivu plays a blended set of MP-18 irons and T7 wedges – #2 MMC Fli-Hi, SC 3-5, 6-9 muscleback and T7 49, 53, 59 degree wedges.

Equipment of Challenge Tour winner Kim Koivu.