Fully exempt into the 2011 Open chmapionship through his top-two standing on the 2010 Japan Golf Tour (first).
Enjoyed a career year in 2010, moving into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time on the strength of three Japan Golf Tour titles. Led the Japan Tour money list. Made the cut in both majors he played in, with identical T48 finishes at the The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Later improved to 30th in the world ranking after a third-place showing at the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour.
Captured the Korean Amateur and Japan Amateur in 2006 and won two Korean Tour events as an amateur before turning professional late in the year. Won the 2007 Maekyung Open in his second start on the Asian Tour and also scored a Korean Tour win that year.
Japan Tour Wins: 3 - 2010 Diamond Cup Golf, Japan Open, Mynavi ABC Championship