Ryosuke Kinoshita claims first professional victory on home soil | Asian Tour

Ryosuke Kinoshita claims first professional victory on home soil

Published on June 7, 2021

Japan’s Ryosuke Kinoshita broke through on the Japan Golf Tour on Sunday, claiming his first professional win in eight years with a five-shot victory at the Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills.

The 29-year-old Kinoshita, an Asian Tour member who enjoyed two top-10 finishes in Singapore and New Zealand early last year, took home a winner’s prize purse of approximately US$274,000 and won himself a BMW X5 xDrive35d M Sport following his triumph.

“It took me so long to grab my first win. I have failed to win so many times. I got anxious again today, but thanks to all of the fan’s cheers, I was able to make this happen,” said Kinoshita, who has also earned a five-year exemption on the JGTO and a ticket to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The victory will be a confidence boost for Kinoshita when he makes his Major debut at The Open next month. He earned the coveted spot, thanks to his tied-sixth place result at the SMBC Singapore Open in January 2020.

“Compared to the star players who are around my age, such as Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa, I am way behind. But I will add on more victories and try to catch up to them as fast as I could,” Kinoshita added.

(From left) Korea’s Joohyung Kim, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, Richard T. Lee of Canada and Ryosuke Kinoshita of Japan are the four players to qualify for The Open at the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open.