Hoshino earned his Open Championship debut in style in May 2021 with a four-stroke victory at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup.
The victory - his fifth on the Japan Tour and second in under a month – took him top of the circuit’s money list. It also came in the week of his 25th birthday and was instantly followed by his first appearance in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. He then impressed when tying for 26th at the U.S. Open.
“I am so happy that many great things are happening to me,” he said.
Hoshino’s only previous major was the 2018 U.S. Open, where he was called into the field late on as an alternate from the qualifying stage.
Three months after that came his first Japan Tour success at the Fujisankei Classic, where he finished five clear of the field. He lifted that title again in 2020 – this time via a play-off – and in between won the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Classic by two, reaching 20 under par before the final round was called off because of bad weather.
Hoshino had still to enter the world’s top 100 at that point, but he soon did so and his career hit new heights with two wins in 2021, the first coming at the Kansai Open.