Hoshino leads US Open bid | Asian Tour

Hoshino leads US Open bid

Published on June 16, 2021

In-form Rikuya Hoshino from Japan ‒ currently riding high on top of the Money List in Japan ‒ is one of four Asian Tour members who will compete in this week’s US Open, which tees-off tomorrow at Torrey Pines in California.

He is joined by countryman Yosuke Asaji, Australian Wade Ormsby, and Johannes Veerman from the Unites States.

Hoshino, who like Aasji and Veerman made it through tough US Open final qualifiers, has been on fire this year having tasted victory twice on the Japan Golf Tour Organization: first in the Kansai Open Golf Championship, in April, and then the following month’s Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf.

The Japanese star also claimed the Fujisankei Classic in September last year, an event part of the 2020/2021 schedule in Japan, and currently leads Japan’s Money List with winnings of ¥68,413,107 (approx. US$621,389)

He starts at 2.09 pm (local time) on tee 10 with American Brendon Todd and Sebastian Munoz from Columbia, while Asaji also begins on 10 at 6:56 am with Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and England’s Marcus Armitage.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: Rikuya Hoshino of Japan plays a shot from the first bunker during a practice round prior to the start of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 15, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ormsby, playing in his second US Open (he missed the cut in 2017), tees-off on the 10th at 12:30 pm with Canadian Taylor Pendrith and David Coupland from England.

He got into the event by virtue of leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Veerman starts on the first at 2.31pm with Americans John Huh and Zack Sucher.

This year marks the 121st edition of the USGA’s flagship event ‒ which boasts an overall purse of US$12,500,000, with the winner earning US$2,250,000.

American Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion and has been paired with Japan’s Masters winner  Hideki Matsuyama at 1.14 pm on hole one.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 14: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the 15th tee as Bryson DeChambeau of the United States looks on prior to the start of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 14, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Six-time runner-up in this event Phil Mickelson from the United States, who became the oldest Major winner at the age of 50 when he won the US PGA Championship in May, starts his latest bid to complete the career Grand Slam at 7.51 am.

The left hander, who celebrates his 51st birthday on the eve of the tournament, is playing with fellow Americans Xander Schauffele and Max Homa.