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.
Equipment specialist sites like Golf Nation and Golf WRX openly publish winners specs.
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.