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Kiyoshi Murota

JapanJapan

Start Position
13
Current Position
To Par: -1
Total Strokes: 73 - 70 - 73 - 67 : 283
T42   T29
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Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 09:51 PM
  • Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
  • Residence: Saitama, Japan
  • Age: 56
  • Turned Pro: 1982

Born in Gunma Prefecture and attended the Nippon Sport Science University. After graduating, he became golf teaching instructor, and was well liked in Japan because of his easy, simple tips to help amateur golfers. While teaching, he would keep trying to become a touring professional. He obtained his Japan Golf Tour card after four tries at qualifying school after 1982. First win on the Japan Golf Tour came in 1991 but his best season money wise was 1992, where he finished 6th on the Order of Merit list, earning $980,000 (US) for the season. He had a total of six career wins on the Japan Tour between 1991 and 2003. Won many tournaments all over Japan, including non-order of merit events and pro-ams all over Japan. In seven career PGA Tour events, his three best finishes came in 1993 at the United Airlines Hawaiian Open (T66th), at the 1994 Nissan Los Angeles Open (T20th) and at the 1994 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (T28th). Represented Japan in the 1992 World Cup. Since turning 50, has played on the Japan Senior Tour and the Champions Tour. Most notably, he won the Japan PGA Senior Championship in 2005. He won the Order of Merit title in consecutive years on the Japan Senior PGA Tour in 2006 and '07, winning an event in each of those years. In five events in 2006, he won two, and never finished outside of the top four in winning the Order of Merit. His second order of merit year was 2007, included one victory and four runner-up finishes. Won the Japan Senior Tour's 2010 Sakakibara Onsen GC Senior Open, propelling him to second on the tour's money list. On the Champions Tour his best finish was T2nd in the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship. In 2011, finished 3rd at the Senior PGA Championship, just one stroke back of Tom Watson and David Eger. In his other start of the year finished T17th at U.S. Senior Open.