Kinoshita celebrated his 30th birthday on the second day of his Open Championship debut in 2021.
He secured his place in The 149th Open with birdies on the final two holes of the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open sanctioned by the Japanese and Asian Tours. They took him into a tie for sixth and, with top three Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Jazz Janewattananond already exempt, that was just good enough for one of the four spots on offer in the third leg of The Open Qualifying Series.
“It’s amazing,” said the player who was ranked 368th in the world at the time. “Now I have to really prepare myself for Royal St George’s.” He made it his target to be at an Open while still in his twenties, but the cancellation of the 2020 Championship meant he achieved it by the skin of his teeth.
Kinoshita almost made it to Royal Portrush in 2019, finishing joint fifth in the Mizuno Open, where there were also four places available.
He claimed his first wins on his home circuit in June 2021, the month before his Open debut, as he triumphed in the Japan Golf Tour Championship and the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open.