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Wilson Staff Tops Greatest Iron & Fairway Shots

1.13am 29th November 2012 - Media

Padraig Harrington with the Claret Jug and his Wilson Staff FYbrid 5-wood that he used to seal Open victory in 2008

Iron and fairway shots played with Wilson Staff clubs have outperformed rival brands in the ‘Top 100 shots of all time’ rankings published today by Golf Monthly – accounting for more significant and memorable iron, wedge and fairway wood shots than any other manufacturer in golfing history.

The brand with a record number of Major wins with its irons (61) and wedges (82) topped the club rankings with nine great shots out of 67, while being the only brand with two clubs used in the top five all-time best shots. It put Wilson Staff ahead of 17 competitor iron and fairway club brands and rated tied-second overall in the top 100 listings featuring 24 different manufacturers.

The Wilson Staff roll call includes two entries apiece for the legendary Gene Sarazen (1935/1973) and Padraig Harrington (2007/2008), as well as exceptional shots played by Johnny Farrell (1929), Arnold Palmer (1962), Jerry Pate (1976), John Daly (1993) and Paul Lawrie (1999).

Famous shots central to Wilson Staff’s Major wins included Sarazen’s 4-wood ‘shot heard round the world’ at the 1935 Masters; Lawrie’s stunning Fat Shaft 4-iron on the final playoff hole at Carnoustie to seal Claret Jug triumph in 1999; and more recently, Harrington’s breathtaking 5-wood onto the 17th green at Royal Birkdale to claim back-to-back Opens in 2008.

With a score of 99 out of 100, Harrington’s 5-wood shot from 249 yards to four feet was rated the second-best ever, behind Tiger Woods’ remarkable holed chip at the 2005 Masters which registered a score of 99.5 based on degree of difficulty, flair, significance to the event and X-factor.

“Wilson Staff and Major-winning shots have been inextricably linked over decades,” said Doug Wright, Wilson Staff’s Commercial Director for Europe. “It’s great to see Major winners from our history and current Tour staff feature so prominently in Golf Monthly’s rankings and when you look at the quality of shots played with Wilson Staff clubs over the years, it really is impressive.”

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