10 Things You Didn't Know About Rikuya Hoshino

Get to know more about Japanese professional golfer Rikuya Hoshino here.

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Get to know more about Rikuya Hoshino in this article.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Rikuya Hoshino

Rikuya Hoshino is an up-and-coming professional golfer from Japan who already has five wins on the Japanese Golf Tour to his name.

After appearances at The Open, US Open and Olympics in 2021, we get to know the Japanese starlet a bit better here.

 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rikuya Hoshino

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 18: Rikuya Hoshino of Japan waits with his caddie on the ninth hole during the second round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

1. He was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan in 1996.

2. He turned professional in 2016 and picked up his first professional win in 2017 on the Japan Challenge Tour.

3. He joined the Japan Golf Tour in 2017 and won his first event on in September 2018.

4. He qualified for his first Major in 2018 - the US Open - but failed to make the cut at Shinnecock Hills

5. He entered the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in 2019.

6. His career high position of 69 in the OWGR was achieved in May 2021 after winning the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup.

"I just can’t believe that this could be done. I pushed myself to the limit and I have given it all. I felt so exhausted after the tournament."

7. His best Major finish is tied 26th at the US Open in 2021.

8. The only Major he is yet to play in is The Masters. He has missed the cut at all his other Major appearances so far.

9. He qualified for the 2020 Olympics in his home country of Japan.

10. He appeared at the US Open as early as 2018 - when he was only 22 - but failed to make the cut

Dan Parker
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Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer's guides and reviews on the website. A left handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 9.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His golfing highlight is shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time. 

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