17 Things You Didn't Know About Kurt Kitayama

Get to know the Californian two-time DP World Tour winner

17 Things You Didn't Know About Kurt Kitayama
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17 Things You Didn't Know About Kurt Kitayama

1. He was born in Chico in Northern California.

2. He now lives in Henderson, Nevada.

3. He started playing golf at the age of 5 with a family friend and his older brother Daniel.

4. His mother is Japanese.

5. His passion growing up was basketball.

6. He graduated in Finance from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2015, the same college that the likes of Adam Scott, Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman, Chad Campbell and David Lipsky attended.

7. He turned professional in 2015 and won his first pro title on the Asian Development Tour at the 2018 PGM Darulaman Championship in Malaysia.

8. He earned his 2018-19 DP World Tour card after playing in all three Q-School stages. He won the first stage at Golf d'Hardelot, which was his first time in Europe.

9. He won the Mauritius Open in December 2018 in just his third start on the European Tour (now DP World Tour).

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10. He became the fastest player to win twice on the DP World Tour, with victory at the 2018 Mauritius Open and 2019 Oman Open in just 11 starts.

11. He played on the Web.com Tour in 2017 and the Asian Tour in 2018 in just 11 starts.

12. He left the Asian Tour to come to Europe after advice from fellow American and good friend David Lipsky.

13. According to the DP World Tour, he eats candy the night before every round as a superstition.

14. He lists "Billy Madison" as one of his favorite movies.

15. After turning pro he traveled all over the world, playing on tours in China, Asia, Japan, South Africa, and Australia.

16. He made a hole-in-one and albatross on the par-4 16th at Southern Highlands Collegiate Golf Club in 2014.

17. According to his PGA Tour profile he would trade places with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for a day because "he is a very successful man and an incredibly hard worker."

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV