Satoshi Kodaira

Satoshi Kodaira (小平 智, Kodaira Satoshi, born 11 September 1989) is a Japanese professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

Satoshi Kodaira
Personal information
Born (1989-09-11) 11 September 1989 (age 30)
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Nationality Japan
Career
StatusProfessional
Current tour(s)Japan Golf Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Highest ranking27 (15 April 2018)[1]
(as of 15 March 2020)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Japan Golf Tour7
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT28: 2018
PGA ChampionshipT48: 2017
U.S. OpenT46: 2017
The Open ChampionshipT35: 2018

While playing on the Japan Golf Tour, Kodaira has had seven victories, including two Japan Golf Tour majors, the 2013 Japan Golf Tour Championship Shishido Hills[2] and the 2015 Japan Open. He has also won once on the Japan Challenge Tour in 2012.

In April 2018, Kodaira won the RBC Heritage, for his first victory on the PGA Tour, in just his 15th start. Players ranked in the world top 50 are automatically invited to that tournament, and Kodaira had been in the top 50 for most of the year.[3] He came from six strokes behind in the final round and posted a five-under 66 to sit in the clubhouse at −12, well before the leading groups finished. Kim Si-woo, who had the lead, faltered on the remaining holes and fell back into a playoff with Kodaira. Both players parred the first two extra holes, before Kodaira holed a 25-foot putt for birdie to win on the third extra hole. The win lifted Kodaira to a career high 27th in the world rankings.[4]

Professional wins (10)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 15 Apr 2018 RBC Heritage −12 (73-63-70-66=272) Playoff   Kim Si-woo

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2018 RBC Heritage   Kim Si-woo Won with birdie on third extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (7)Edit

Legend
Japan Opens (1)
Tour Championships (1)
Japan majors (3)
Other Japan Golf Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 23 Jun 2013 Japan Golf Tour Championship Shishido Hills –14 (70-64-70-70=274) 1 stroke   Kiradech Aphibarnrat,   Hur Suk-ho
2 3 Aug 2014 Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open –16 (72-68-64-68=272) 2 strokes   Yuki Inamori,   Hiroshi Iwata,
  Ryosuke Kinoshita,   Ryutaro Nagano,
  Kazuhiro Yamashita
3 18 Oct 2015 Japan Open Golf Championship –13 (71-62-70-72=275) 1 stroke   Yuta Ikeda
4 23 Oct 2016 Bridgestone Open –14 (75-66-62-67=270) 1 stroke   Lee Kyoung-hoon
5 1 Oct 2017 Top Cup Tokai Classic –14 (67-68-70-69=274) 1 stroke   Ryuko Tokimatsu
6 12 Nov 2017 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters –18 (63-72-70-65=270) 3 strokes   Yūsaku Miyazato
7 2 Dec 2018 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup –8 (66-74-68-64=272) Playoff   Hwang Jung-gon,   Ryo Ishikawa

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2017 Fujisankei Classic   Seungsu Han,   Ryu Hyun-woo Ryu won with par on first extra hole
2 2018 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup   Hwang Jung-gon,   Ryo Ishikawa Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Challenge Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 Aug 2010 Hatoyama Country Club GMA Challenge Tournament
(as an amateur)
–13 (64-67=131) 2 strokes   Motoharu Mukai,   Norihiko Nakata
2 21 Sep 2012 PGA JGTO challenge Cup II in Boso –13 (64-67=131) 1 stroke   Hisashi Sawada

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T28
U.S. Open T46 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T35
PGA Championship T48 T59
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament 61
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2018 2019
The Players Championship CUT CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Championship 54 T51
Match Play T59 T24
Invitational T65 T47 T63
Champions 71 T37
  Did not play

"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 15 2018 Ending 15 Apr 2018" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ Young, Bruce (24 June 2013). "Kodaira wins Japan Tour Championship". iseekgolf.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ https://www.pgatour.com/inside-the-field/2018/04/06/rbc-heritage-field-how-they-qualified.html
  4. ^ "Kodaira prevails in playoff to win RBC Heritage". PGA Tour. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

External linksEdit