Kenichi Kuboya

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Kenichi Kuboya
久保谷 健一
Personal information
Born (1972-03-11) 11 March 1972 (age 45)
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Nationality  Japan
College Meiji University
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour 7
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T68: 2011
The Open Championship T27: 2009
PGA Championship DNP

Kenichi Kuboya (Japanese: 久保谷 健一, born 11 March 1972) is a Japanese professional golfer.

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.

Kuboya won his fifth Japan Golf Tour title at the 2011 Canon Open, nine years after his last win and subsequently won the 2012 Japan Open and the 2017 Panasonic Open.

Professional wins (7)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 11 May 1997 Fujisankei Classic –5 (68-69-73-69=279) 1 stroke Japan Yoshinori Kaneko, Japan Masashi Ozaki
2 14 Dec 1997 Daikyo Open –21 (66-64-68-65=263) 1 stroke Japan Katsunori Kuwabara, United States Brian Watts
3 19 May 2002 Japan PGA Championship –9 (74-70-68-67=279) Playoff Japan Shingo Katayama
4 26 May 2002 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup –11 (66-70-68-69=273) Playoff Japan Yoshimitsu Fukuzawa, United States Todd Hamilton
5 9 Oct 2011 Canon Open –14 (68-67-70-69=274) 5 strokes Thailand Chawalit Plaphol, Australia Brad Kennedy,
Japan Mamo Osanai
6 14 Oct 2012 Japan Open +8 (74-73-75-70=292) 1 stroke Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
7 23 Apr 2017 Panasonic Open –11 (69-71-69-64=273) Playoff Japan Katsumasa Miyamoto

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T68
The Open Championship T59 T27 CUT
PGA Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

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