Back in The Open thanks again to the Mizuno Open in Japan. Won The Open Qualifying Series event in 2017 and marked his debut in the championship with a superb 11th place finish at Royal Birkdale, then with four places once more on offer he was runner-up by a shot to Yuta Ikeda on June 2.
On those two occasions he was ranked 561st and 533rd in the world, but the second of those came after he spent more than a year out of action. After climbing into the game’s top 75 following three victories in Japan in 2017 first he battled back pains, then in practice for the World Golf Championship event in Mexico in March last year he struck a tree root and broke his left wrist. His next ranking tournament was not until this January. “I achieved my goal and I want to improve on my result from the last time I played,” he said on qualifying.
Born in South Korea, but an American citizen, he was the winner of the 2013 Asian Tour qualifying school and in his rookie season was runner-up to Thaworn Wiratchant in the Tournament Players Championship before earning a Japan Tour card.