Shigeki Maruyama

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Shigeki Maruyama
丸山茂樹
Maruyama Shigeki 2006.jpg
Personal information
NicknameThe Smiling Assassin
Born (1969-09-12) 12 September 1969 (age 51)
Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
NationalityFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Career
College Nihon University
Turned professional1992
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins15
Highest ranking 19 (21 March 2004) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Japan Golf Tour10
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T14: 2002
PGA Championship T22: 2001
U.S. Open T4: 2004
The Open Championship T5: 2002

Shigeki Maruyama (丸山茂樹, Maruyama Shigeki; born 12 September 1969) is a Japanese professional golfer.

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Maruyama was born in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. He attended Nihon University and turned professional in 1992. He is known for his ever-present smile on the golf course which has given rise to his nickname of the "Smiling Assassin". He began his career on the Japan Golf Tour, quickly becoming one of the leading players on that tour. Two excellent finishes in World Golf Championships events in 1999 helped to earn him membership of the U.S.-based PGA Tour for the 2000 season. He has three PGA Tour victories. At the end of the 2008 season he announced he was returning to Japan after failing to maintain full playing rights on the PGA Tour.

Maruyama was a member of The International Team in the Presidents Cup in 1998 and 2000. He had a 5–0–0 win-loss-tie record in the 1998 matches.

He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

On 5 June 2000, he shot a first round 58 at Woodmont Country Club (South Course) in Rockville, Maryland while qualifying for the 2000 U.S. Open. This round ties the score achieved by Jim Furyk on the final round of the Travelers Championship on 2016.

Professional wins (15)

PGA Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
115 Jul 2001 Greater Milwaukee Open −18 (68-65-67-66=266)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Charles Howell III
212 May 2002 Verizon Byron Nelson Classic −14 (67-63-68-68=266)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crane
319 Oct 2003 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro −22 (65-64-70-67=266)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Brad Faxon

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2001 Greater Milwaukee Open Flag of the United States.svg Charles Howell III Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (10)

Legend
Japan majors (1)
Other Japan Golf Tour (9)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
123 May 1993 Pepsi Ube Kosan Open −20 (63-72-63-66=264)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Todd Hamilton
222 Oct 1995 Bridgestone Open −14 (66-70-67-71=274)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Mark Calcavecchia, Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki,
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shinichi Yokota
320 Oct 1996 Bridgestone Open (2)−16 (67-67-67-71=272)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts
418 May 1997 Japan PGA Championship −16 (68-68-69-67=272)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shusaku Sugimoto
522 Jun 1997 Yomiuri Open −17 (67-68-66-66=267)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
67 Sep 1997 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship Promise Cup 3 & 2 Flag of the United States.svg Peter Teravainen
77 Dec 1997 Golf Nippon Series Hitachi Cup −16 (70-63-68-67=268)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tateo Ozaki
85 Jul 1998 PGA Philanthropy Tournament −20 (65-66-64-69=264)1 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Satoshi Higashi
924 Oct 1999 Bridgestone Open (3)−20 (66-68-66-68=268)5 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Toshimitsu Izawa
106 Dec 2009 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (2)−9 (70-67-70-64=271)Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kyung-tae

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2009 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kyung-tae Won with par on fourth extra hole

Other wins (2)

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
Other wins (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
127 Sep 1990 Asian Games
(as an amateur)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Nandasena Perera
215 Dec 2002 WGC-World Cup
(with Flag of Japan.svg Toshimitsu Izawa)
−36 (64-64-58-66=252)2 strokesFlag of the United States.svg  United StatesPhil Mickelson and David Toms

Results in major championships

Tournament1996199719981999
Masters Tournament CUTT31
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T14T10T29CUT
PGA Championship T23T65CUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006
Masters Tournament T46CUTT14CUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. Open CUTT16CUTT4T33
The Open Championship T55CUTT5CUTT30CUT
PGA Championship T46T22T43T48CUTCUTCUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000193
U.S. Open 00011253
The Open Championship 000123106
PGA Championship 000002106
Totals0002383418

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament19981999200020012002200320042005200620072008
The Players Championship CUTCUTWDT14T45T53T32WDCUTWD
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Championship T50NT1WDT16T11
Match Play QFR16QFR32R64R64R32
Invitational 6T15T31T36T27T46
Champions WD

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

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References

  1. "Week 12 2004 Ending 21 Mar 2004" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 3 October 2019.