Made his major championship debut at last month’s US Open and will be at Royal Portrush as the leading non-exempt player on the Japan Tour following their Tour Championship last month. He won that wire-to-wire by four strokes from Shugo Imahira and with it improved from 269th on the world rankings to a career-high 182nd.
It was a first victory on the circuit for the 26-year-old, who turned professional five years ago and made two visits to the qualifying school. He stood 500th in the world when he came second to Kodai Ichihara at last November’s Dunlop Phoenix tournament, Ichihara producing a closing 63 to take the title by one from five behind with a round to go.
He was also a runner-up at the 2015 Bridgestone Open, where he opened with a 64 and led after 54 holes before Michio Matsumura came past him on that occasion.