Ryuji Imada

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Ryuji Imada
今田 竜二
— Golfer —
Ryuji Imada - 2012-07-25 Bell Canadian Open.JPG
Personal information
Born (1976-10-19) 19 October 1976 (age 37)
Mihara, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  Japan
Career
College University of Georgia
Turned professional 1999
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Web.com Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T20: 2009
U.S. Open T12: 2006
The Open Championship 64th: 2009
PGA Championship CUT: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Ryuji Imada (今田 竜二 Imada Ryūji?, born 19 October 1976) is a U.S.-based Japanese professional golfer.

Imada was born in Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan. He came to the United States when he was 14 to attend a Tampa golf academy for Asian players. His instructor was (and still is) Richard Abele, who became his legal guardian. Under Abele's teaching, he won several of the top tournaments on the amateur circuit and reached the final of the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links. His accomplishments in the American Junior Golf Association led to a scholarship to University of Georgia, where he played for two years and helped the Bulldogs win the 1999 NCAA title.[1]

Imada turned professional in 1999. From 2000 to 2004 he played on the second tier Nationwide Tour, winning the 2000 BUY.COM Virginia Beach Open and the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. On the Monday following his win, Imada fired a back-nine score of 29 in U.S. Open qualifying at Scotch Valley, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He was the medalist, with a score of 64, and advanced to sectional qualifying. His third place finish on the 2004 money list earned him promotion to the PGA Tour.

In Imada's first season at the elite level, he had a best placing of fifth and earned enough money to retain his tour card for 2006. In the 2006 U.S. Open, he fired closing rounds of 69-71 to finish in a tie for 12th. His 69 in round three was one of only six under par rounds during a brutal weekend at Winged Foot.

In 2007, Imada had his best finish on the PGA Tour, finishing in 2nd place at the AT&T Classic, winning $583,200. In 2008, Imada again finished in 2nd place at the Buick Invitational, moving him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. In May 2008 he won his first PGA Tour tournament at the AT&T Classic, beating Kenny Perry in a playoff, and reached the top 50 of the world rankings for the first time.[2]

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 18 May 2008 AT&T Classic −15 (71-69-66-67=273) Playoff United States Kenny Perry

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2007 AT&T Classic United States Zach Johnson Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 2008 AT&T Classic United States Kenny Perry Won with par on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 21 May 2000 BUY.COM Virginia Beach Open −13 (71-68-68-68=275) 5 strokes United States Todd Demsey
2 2 May 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs −17 (70-66-65-69=270) Playoff Australia Paul Gow

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T20
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP T15 T12 CUT T18 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 64
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1999 NCAA Mens Golf Team Championship, summary posted at "1999 National Championship", georgiadogs.com, 8 September 2007
  2. ^ Week 20 – Richard Finch Wins the Irish Open and Jumps to World Number 134

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