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11 March 1972 |
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)|
|Current tour(s)||Japan Golf Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||7|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T68: 2011|
|The Open Championship||T27: 2009|
Kuboya won four events on the Japan Golf Tour between 1997 and 2002, picking up two wins in each of those seasons.
Both of Kuboya's wins on the Japan Golf Tour in 2002 came in playoffs against seasoned campaigners. He beat Shingo Katayama in extra holes at the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup and another win against former Open champion Todd Hamilton at the Japan PGA Championship. This remains the biggest win of his career.
Kuboya had a brief stint on the PGA Tour where he played a full season in 2003. His best finish of the year was a T13 at the 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania and he was not able to keep his card. He would go back to play on the Japan Golf Tour in 2004, where he currently plays.
Kuboya played in his first major championship in 2002 at The Open Championship, where he made the cut, but did not contend on the weekend. His next major was the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry in Scotland. He finished his first round birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie to finish in a tie for second. He would finish the tournament tied for 27th.
Professional wins (7)
Japan Golf Tour wins (7)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||11 May 1997||Fujisankei Classic||–5 (68-69-73-69=279)||1 stroke||Yoshinori Kaneko, Masashi Ozaki|
|2||14 Dec 1997||Daikyo Open||–21 (66-64-68-65=263)||1 stroke||Katsunori Kuwabara, Brian Watts|
|3||19 May 2002||Japan PGA Championship||–9 (74-70-68-67=279)||Playoff||Shingo Katayama|
|4||26 May 2002||Munsingwear Open KSB Cup||–11 (66-70-68-69=273)||Playoff||Yoshimitsu Fukuzawa, Todd Hamilton|
|5||9 Oct 2011||Canon Open||–14 (68-67-70-69=274)||5 strokes|| Chawalit Plaphol, Brad Kennedy,
|6||14 Oct 2012||Japan Open||+8 (74-73-75-70=292)||1 stroke||Juvic Pagunsan|
|7||23 Apr 2017||Panasonic Open||–11 (69-71-69-64=273)||Playoff||Katsumasa Miyamoto|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T59||T27||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied