Shugo Imahira

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Shugo Imahira
Personal information
Born (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 28)
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (130 lb; 9.4 st)
NationalityFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Career
StatusProfessional
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins6
Highest ranking 30 (5 January 2020) [1]
(as of 28 March 2021)
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour4
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T44: 2020
PGA Championship CUT: 2018, 2019
U.S. Open 61st: 2020
The Open Championship CUT: 2016, 2019
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
2018, 2019

Shugo Imahira (born 2 October 1992) is a Japanese professional golfer. He has played full-time on the Japan Golf Tour since 2015 and has won four times on the tour, between 2017 and 2019. He was the leading money winner on the tour in 2018 and 2019.

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Japan Challenge Tour

Imahira won twice on the 2014 Japan Challenge Tour en route to winning the season money list title. [2]

Japan Golf Tour

Since 2015 he has played on the main Japan Golf Tour. In 2015, his best finish was second place in the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup. In 2016, he tied for second place in the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open and also had a third-place finish and three fourth-place finishes, finishing 10th in the money list. In 2017, he had his first win on the tour, winning the Kansai Open and finished 6th in the money list. [3] [4] Imahira won the 2018 Bridgestone Open. He was also 2nd three times, 3rd three times and had 7 other top-10 finishes to be the leading money winner on the 2018 Japan Golf Tour.[ citation needed ]

Majors

Imahira played in the 2016 Open Championship for his first major appearance. [5] He had an opening round 68, but shot 80 in the second round and missed the cut. [6] [7] He qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open and the 2018 PGA Championship but missed the cut on both occasions. [8] Imahira was 53rd in the world rankings at the end of 2018 and missed out on qualification for the 2019 Masters Tournament, for which the top-50 qualified automatically. However, he later received a special invitation for the event. [9] At the 2020 U.S. Open he did make the cut, but finished last among the remaining players.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (6)

Japan Golf Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
121 May 2017 Kansai Open Golf Championship −9 (67-69-69-70=275)6 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Kataoka
221 Oct 2018 Bridgestone Open −16 (70-65-67-66=268)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Kawamura
313 Oct 2019 Bridgestone Open (2)−11 (64-67=131)*1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Fujita, Flag of the United States.svg Seungsu Han,
Flag of Japan.svg Tomoharu Otsuki, Flag of Japan.svg Akio Sadakata
424 Nov 2019 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −10 (65-72-66=203)*2 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jung-gon

*Note: Tournament shortened to 36/54 holes due to weather.

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
1 2017 ANA Open Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Ikeda, Flag of Japan.svg Ryuko Tokimatsu Ikeda won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Challenge Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
123 May 2014 Heiwa PGM Challenge I Road to Championship−10 (66-68=134)Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Masashi Nishimura, Flag of Japan.svg Akinori Tani
223 Oct 2014JGTO Novil Final−7 (68-69=137)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Mitsugu Murakami

Results in major championships

Tournament201620172018
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship CUT
Tournament20192020
Masters Tournament CUTT44
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open CUT61
The Open Championship CUTNT
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament2017201820192020
Championship T39T61
Match Play NT1
Invitational T27
Champions DQNT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
DQ = Disqualified
NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

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