Achieved his first professional win at May’s Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, co-sanctioned by the Japan and Asian Tours, which carried with it the added bonus of a place at Royal Portrush.
Had to qualify for the event and went into it ranked 637th in the world. The victory was made even more special by the fact that he was watched through the final round by his mother on Mother’s Day in Japan. He parred the last nine holes to finish a stroke clear of amateur Ren Yonezawa and American Micah Lauren Shin.
His previous best finish on the circuit was a tie for fourth at last season’s Kansai Open. “It was such a tough battle out there,” he said. “I had to play my best golf and was also lucky nobody could manage to catch me.” He started playing the game aged six and after turning professional in 2011 made four trips to the Japan Tour qualifying school. His low round was an opening 64 at the 2017 Japan Open.