Rikuya Hoshino

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Rikuya Hoshino
Personal information
Born (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 25)
Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb; 12.0 st)
NationalityFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Career
Turned professional2016
Current tour(s) European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins6
Highest ranking 69 (16 May 2021) [1]
(as of 18 July 2021)
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour5
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship CUT: 2021
U.S. Open T26: 2021
The Open Championship CUT: 2021

Rikuya Hoshino (born 12 May 1996) is a Japanese professional golfer. He has played full-time on the Japan Golf Tour since 2017 and has won five times on the tour.

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Professional career

Hoshino turned professional in August 2016. [2] In early 2017, he won the Novil Cup on the Japan Challenge Tour.[ citation needed ]

Since 2017, Hoshino has played on the main Japan Golf Tour. His first win came in September 2018 at the Fujisankei Classic which he won by 5 strokes. With eight more top-10 finishes he finished 2018 as the 6th highest money winner on the tour. Hoshino qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open, his first major, where he missed the cut. [3]

In May 2019, Hoshino lost in a playoff for the Kansai Open Golf Championship before winning his second Japan Golf Tour event at the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open in June, a tournament reduced to 54 holes. A third-place finish in the Japan PGA Championship the following week lifted him into the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Later in 2019, he finished runner-up in the RIZAP KBC Augusta.[ citation needed ]

Hoshino won the Fujisankei Classic for the second time in 2020, beating Mikumu Horikawa at the third hole of a sudden-death playoff. [4]

Professional wins (6)

Japan Golf Tour wins (5)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
12 Sep 2018 Fujisankei Classic −16 (68-68-66-66=268)5 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Shugo Imahira
230 Jun 2019 Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open −20 (67-64-65=196)*2 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Shota Akiyoshi
36 Sep 2020 Fujisankei Classic (2)−9 (69-69-67-70=275)Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Mikumu Horikawa
425 Apr 2021 Kansai Open Golf Championship −14 (66-67-68-69=270)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Chan Kim
516 May 2021 Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf −13 (72-65-69-69=275)4 strokes Flag of the Philippines.svg Juvic Pagunsan

*Note: The 2019 Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open was shortened to 54 holes due to weather.

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2019 Kansai Open Golf Championship Flag of Japan.svg Tomoharu Otsuki Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
2 2020 Fujisankei Classic Flag of Japan.svg Mikumu Horikawa Won with birdie on third extra hole

Japan Challenge Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-up
12 Apr 2017 Novil Cup−11 (71-68-66=205)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Kunihiro Kamii, Flag of Japan.svg Katsuyuki Sakurai

Results in major championships

Results not in chronological order before 2019 and in 2020.

Tournament2018201920202021
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open CUTT26
The Open Championship NTCUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

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References

  1. "Week 20 2021 Ending 16 May 2021" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  2. "Rikuya Hoshino". Japan Golf Tour Organization. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  3. "Rikuya Hoshino earns U.S. Open spot as late entry". The Japan Times. 12 June 2018.
  4. "Rikuya Hoshino makes V2 at Fujisankei CL after tough 3-hole playoffs". Japan Golf Tour Organization. Retrieved 16 May 2021.