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Yūsaku Miyazato (宮里 優作, Miyazato Yūsaku, born 19 June 1980) is a Japanese professional golfer. In 2006 he became the first modern-era golfer to make two hole in one shots in the same round of a PGA Tour event,[1][2] at the Reno-Tahoe Open in Nevada.

Yūsaku Miyazato
宮里 優作
Personal information
Born (1980-06-19) 19 June 1980 (age 39)
Higashi, Okinawa, Japan
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Nationality Japan
Career
CollegeTohoku Fukushi University
Turned professional2002
Current tour(s)Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour7
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2018
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 2018
U.S. OpenT23: 2016
The Open ChampionshipT47: 2018
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
2017

Miyazato was born in Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. He attended Tohoku Fukushi University,[3] and won the Japanese collegiate championship in 2000, and the Japanese Amateur Championship in 2001. In December 2002, he announced his decision to turn pro before his upcoming graduation.[4] He currently plays on the Japan Golf Tour.

His younger sister, Ai Miyazato, is also a professional golfer and is currently competing in the LPGA Tour.

At the time of his holes in one, the PGA Tour announced that it was the first time since they had started keeping records. However, research later turned up confirming that an amateur golfer, W.W. "Bill" Whedon, also hit two in the opening round of the 1955 Insurance City Open.[5][6][1]

In November 2015, Miyazato won the Dunlop Phoenix event, one of the more prestigious events on the Japan Golf Tour to earn his third tour level victory. He shot rounds of 64-69 on the weekend to win by two strokes. In April 2017, Miyazato won his fourth event on the Japanese Tour, The Crowns, followed two weeks later by another win in the Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup.

At the 2017 Indonesian Masters, Miyazato finished in solo 4th, earning enough Official World Golf Ranking points to finish the year in the Top 50, thus earning an invitation to the 2018 Masters Tournament, his first appearance.

Professional wins (8)Edit

Japan Golf Tour wins (7)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Dec 2013 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup –13 (66-66-64-71=267) 3 strokes   Wu Ashun
2 20 Apr 2014 Token Homemate Cup –6 (71-66-68-65=270) 2 strokes   Hiroshi Iwata
3 22 Nov 2015 Dunlop Phoenix –14 (67-70-64-69=270) 2 strokes   Yoshinori Fujimoto
  Hideki Matsuyama
4 30 Apr 2017 The Crowns –13 (67-65-67-68=267) 1 stroke   Yoshinori Fujimoto
  Toru Taniguchi
5 14 May 2017 Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup –12 (71-66-73-66=276) 3 strokes   Brad Kennedy
6 8 Oct 2017 Honma TourWorld Cup –22 (61-68-65-68=262) 3 strokes   Shingo Katayama
7 3 Dec 2017 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (2) –15 (69-69-65-62=265) 6 strokes   Shaun Norris

Other wins (1)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T23 T60
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T47
PGA Championship CUT
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2016 2017 2018
Mexico Championship T61 T60
Match Play T52
Bridgestone Invitational
HSBC Champions
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Staats, Wayne (29 October 2018). "These are the only three golfers to make two holes-in-one in same PGA Tour round". PGA of America. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Sonner, Scott (25 August 2006). "Miyazato has 2 aces up sleeve". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  3. ^ Miller, Ann (14 January 2003). "Legion of foreign golfers gets set for Waialae". Honolulu Advertiser. Associated Press. Retrieved 26 August 2006.
  4. ^ Miller, Ann (2 January 2003). "Defending champ Garcia highlights Mercedes field". Honolulu Advertiser. Associated Press. Retrieved 26 August 2006.
  5. ^ "Double aces may also have happened on PGA Tour in 1955". USA Today. Associated Press. 26 August 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Pat On The Back". Sports Illustrated. 19 September 1955.

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