Rikuya Hoshino: 12 Facts You Didn't Know About The Japanese Golfer

Get to know more about Japanese professional golfer Rikuya Hoshino with these 12 facts about his life and career in the game

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Rikuya Hoshino is making significant strides in the professional game and is fast becoming one of the stand-out names on the DP World Tour. But if you don't know all that much about him, keep reading to discover more.

1. He was born in Tomobe, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan on May 12, 1996.

2. Hoshino 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 in September 2018.

4. Hoshino 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.

Japanese golfer Rikuya Hoshino poses with the 2024 Qatar Masters trophy

Japanese golfer Rikuya Hoshino poses with the 2024 Qatar Masters trophy

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7. His best Major finish is T26 at the US Open in 2021.

8. The only Major Hoshino is yet to play in is The Masters. He has made the cut in four of his nine Major appearances otherwise.

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

10. Hoshino has won six times on the Japan Golf Tour and once on the DP World Tour.

11. Hoshino's debut success in Europe arrived at the 2024 Qatar Masters in his 34th start courtesy of a one-stroke victory over Ugo Coussaud at Doha Golf Club.

12. Thanks to the win in Qatar, Hoshino became the fourth Japanese winner in DP World Tour history behind Isao Aoki, Hideki Matsuyama, and Ryo Hisatsune.

Rikuya Hoshino Bio

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Full nameRikuya Hoshino
Date of birth12 May, 1996
BornTomobe, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Height1.86m (6ft1in)
Turned pro2016
Professional wins8 (One DP World Tour)
Career-high OWGR63rd
Current tourDP World Tour
Highest Major finishT26 (2021 US Open)
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Jonny Leighfield is our Staff News Writer who joined Golf Monthly just in time for the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Sport Journalism in 2017 and spent almost five years as the sole sports reporter at his local newspaper. An improving golfer who still classes himself as ‘one of the worst players on the Golf Monthly team’, Jonny enjoys playing as much as he can and is hoping to reach his Handicap goal of 18 at some stage. He attended both the 150th and 151st Opens and is keen to make it an annual pilgrimage.