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Ryuji Imada

  • Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Residence: Tampa, FL
  • Birth Date: October 19, 1976
  • height: 5-8
  • Turned Pro: 1999

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PGA TOUR Victories

(1) 2008,AT&T Classic.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$682,562 (99)

PGA TOUR Best Round

65 at Round 2, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- AT&T Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Had the best year of his career, with his first victory at the AT&T Classic, two runner-up finishes and approximately $3 million in earnings. Finished 25th in the FedExCup standings...Recorded second runner-up finish of his career, placing eight strokes behind Tiger Woods at the Buick Invitational in January. Final-round 67 tied for low round of the day...Three weeks later, recorded his next top-five finish with a T5 at the Northern Trust Open, closing with a 68. Top-five finish came after two previous missed cuts and a T65 in 2007 at Riviera CC...Also closed with a 68 at the PODS Championship to finish runner-up by two strokes to Sean O'Hair...Beat Kenny Perry in a playoff at the AT&T Classic after losing the same Atlanta tournament to Zach Johnson a year prior on the 73rd hole. Finished regulation at 15-under 273 to force a playoff. On the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Perry's second shot wound up in the water after it bounced off a tree behind the green and into a pond guarding the front of the green. Imada, who had driven into the rough, played it safe by laying up with an iron and wound up two-putting for the winning par as Perry made bogey...Competed in all four PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events with his best finish a T13 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Career Highlights

2007: Had a runner-up finish and more than $1.4 million in earnings to finish 65th on the money list...Former University of Georgia star finished second to Zach Johnson at the AT&T Classic. Converted up-and-down birdie from behind the 72nd green to force a playoff, finishing at 15-under par. Shared the 36- and 54-hole leads with Troy Matteson. Tee shot on first extra hole went into first cut of rough, and 225-yard second shot to par-5 18th hole found the water hazard fronting the green. Johnson converted a two-putt birdie to clinch the victory. Earned $583,000 in second consecutive top-10 at TPC Sugarloaf...Ranked No. 5 in Putting Average. 2006: In second season on TOUR, posted 10 top-25s, including one top-10, and finished in the top 100 for the first time...Finished T10 at the BellSouth Classic with four rounds at par or better for only top-10 of season...Matched career-low round with a 64 during the second round of the Booz Allen Classic. 2005: Finished 121st on TOUR money list in his rookie season...With rounds of 66-67 on the weekend, finished fifth at Booz Allen Classic for first career top-10. 2004: Earned initial TOUR card for 2005 by finishing third on Nationwide Tour money list. Member of that circuit for past five years and finished in the top 40 on money list four times. Had his best season and was one of five players on Tour to surpass the $300,000 plateau with $313,185. Career-high seven top-10s, included his second career victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. Birdied the fifth playoff hole to defeat Paul Gow. Finished inside top-5 four other times...Led the Tour in Scrambling and finished fourth in Scoring Average. 2003: Finished the Nationwide Tour season No. 37 on the money list, with $127,861 and a season-best third at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. 2002: Had a down season, finishing 105th on the Nationwide Tour money list after making the cut in eight of 20 tournaments. 2001: Had two runner-up finishes. Posted a tournament-record 64 in the second round of the Carolina Classic and fired final-round 69 to finish two strokes behind John Maginnes...Held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Greater Cleveland Open but managed just an even-par 72 and wound up second, one stroke behind Heath Slocum. 2000: Enjoyed solid rookie season on the Nationwide Tour, making the cut in 12 of 25 events...Shared second-round lead with Mike Heinen and David Berganio, Jr. at the Virginia Beach Open and trailed Todd Demsey by one after 54 holes. Defeated Demsey by five strokes to become first rookie winner of season...Final-round 76 at the 2000 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament left him three strokes short of earning his TOUR card. Amateur: Left University of Georgia after his sophomore season...First-team All-SEC as a freshman in 1998 and sophomore in 1999...Helped lead the Bulldogs to their first national championship and finished runner-up to Luke Donald in the individual competition in 1999 when he was a first-team All-American. Won first collegiate title at Williams Intercollegiate in 1999. Had seven top-10 finishes during the 1998-99 collegiate season...Appeared as high as second in Golfweek/Titleist Men's Amateur Rankings...Reached match-play stage of 1998 U.S. Amateur but lost in first round...Won six tournaments on major amateur circuit--1995 Porter Cup, 1996 Azalea Amateur, Dixie Amateur and Lakewood Invitational, 1997 Palatka Azalea Amateur and Southeastern Invitational. Finalist at 1997 U.S. Public Links...Excelled on junior level by twice being named to the AJGA All-American first team. 1995 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

Personal

At age 7, tagged along with older brother Takafumi to golf course. At age 14, moved from native Japan and family to a Tampa, FL, golf academy to compete on junior golf circuit. Did not know any English at the time.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-1

Other Information

Rookie on PGA TOUR after finishing third on 2004 Nationwide Tour money list. Member of that circuit for past five years and finished inside top 40 on money list four times. Had his best season in 2004 and was one of five players on Tour to surpass the $300,000 plateau with, $313,185. Career-high seven top-10s, included his second career victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. Birdied the fifth playoff hole to defeat Paul Gow and earned a career-best $108,000. Finished inside top-5 four other times--the Envirocare Utah Classic (T2), Northeast Pennsylvania Classic (third), First Tee Arkansas Classic (T3) and Henrico County Open (T4). Led the Tour in Scrambling and finished fourth in Scoring Average. Finished the 2003 Nationwide Tour season No. 37 on the money list, with $127,861 and a season-best third at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Made his first and only cut in seven tries on the PGA TOUR at the 2003 BellSouth Classic, where he finished T74. Had a down season in 2002, finishing 105th on the Nationwide Tour money list after making the cut in eight of 20 tournaments. Had two runner-up finishes in 2001. Posted a tournament-record 64 in the second round of the Carolina Classic and fired final-round 69 to finish two strokes back of winner John Maginnes. Was 20-under through 54 holes of the Greater Cleveland Open. Held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round but managed just an even-par 72 and wound up second, one stroke behind Heath Slocum. Enjoyed solid rookie season in 2000, making the cut in 12 of 25 events. Shared second-round lead with Mike Heinen and David Berganio, Jr. at the Virginia Beach Open and trailed Todd Demsey by one after 54 holes. Defeated Demsey by five strokes to become first rookie winner of season. Final-round 76 at the 2000 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament left him three strokes short of earning his TOUR card. Left University of Georgia after his sophomore season. First-team All-American and All-SEC as a freshman in 1999. Helped lead the Bulldogs to their first national championship and finished runner-up to Luke Donald in the individual competition. Won first collegiate title at Williams Intercollegiate in 1999. Had seven top-10 finishes during the 1998-99 collegiate season. Appeared as high as second in Golfweek/Titleist Men's Amateur Rankings. Reached match-play stage of 1998 U.S. Amateur but lost in first round. Has won six tournaments on major amateur circuit--1995 Porter Cup, 1996 Azalea Amateur, Dixie Amateur and Lakewood Invitational, 1997 Palatka Azalea Amateur and Southeastern Invitational. Finalist at 1997 U.S. Public Links. Excelled on junior level by twice being named to the AJGA All-American first team. 1995 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

National Teams

World Cup (1), 2008.

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