15 Things You Didn't Know About Ayaka Furue

The Japanese star is making a big impression on the LPGA Tour and, in this piece, we take a look at some facts you may not know about her

Ayaka Furue smiles as she walks off the green with her putter in hand
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Ayaka Furue is one of the game’s rising stars and is already making her mark on the LPGA Tour since earning her card in 2022. Having claimed her maiden LPGA Tour title later that year, we get to know the Japanese player a little bit better!

Ayaka Furue holds the Scottish Open title

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15 Things You Didn't Know About Ayaka Furue

1. Ayaka Furue was born in Kobe, Japan on 27th May 2000

2. She took up golf at the age of three and was coached by her father, Yoshihiro

3. As well as a budding golfer in her younger years, Furue was also a keen swimmer from the age of four

4. As an amateur golfer, she had a string of wins, including the 2018 Kansai Women's Amateur Championship

5. She won the 2018 Junior Golf World Cup with the Japan team. She also represented Japan at the 2018 Asian Games

6. Furue turned professional in 2019

7. She has achieved eight wins on LPGA of Japan Tour, most recently in the 2022 Fujitsu Ladies

Ayaka Furue with the trophy after the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open

Furue celebrates her 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open

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8. She was named the 2020-21 Player of the Year on the JLPGA.

9. Furue earned her LPGA Tour card for 2022 via qualifying school

10. Furue's maiden LPGA Tour win came in the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course, which included a course record 10-under 62.

11. At 5ft she is the shortest active player on the LPGA Tour

12. Furue is one of the most consistent performers on the LPGA Tour circuit and missed just five cuts in 52 starts during 2022 and 2023

13. She is a big fan of Japanese singer and songwriter, Ayumi Hamasaki, with Furue attending multiple concerts

14. She represented Japan at the 2023 International Crown

15. Although she is one of the shortest hitters on the LPGA Tour, Furue ranked second for driving accuracy in 2023, hitting an incredible 84.76% of her fairways

Ayaka Furue hugs Kokona Sakurai on the 18th green during the JLPGA Tour Championship

Furue during the 2023 JLPGA Tour Championship

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Ayaka Furue Career Earnings 

As of January 2024, Furue has secured $2.7 million in career earnings on the LPGA Tour. Her most successful year came in 2023, when she earned $1.6 million from eight top 10 finishes.

Ayaka Furue Height - How Tall Is She?

Ayaka Furue is 5'0" tall.

How Far Does Ayaka Furue Drive The Ball?

According to the LPGA Tour, Furue's average driving distance in 2023 stood at 245.44 yards (ranked 142nd). Although this is almost 40 yards back of the leading player, Furue did hit almost 85% of her fairways, which ranked her second in driving accuracy.

Mike Hall
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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