Name:Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto
Born:Sept 9, 1955 in Hiroshima, Japan.
Japan Amateur champion (1975, '77, '80). Total professional wins (38), including Japan Tour (30) and European Snr Tour (2). Japan Tour leading money winner (1982, '83, '85, '86).
Kuramoto enjoyed an excellent amateur career, becoming a three-time winner of the Japan Amateur Championship. He won his first Japan Tour event in 1980 while still an amateur. Turning professional the following year, Kuramoto recorded four of his 30 Japan Tour wins in his rookie season as a professional. He is now the fifth most prolific winner on the Japan Tour, and a two-time winner on the European Senior Tour.
Played as the Van Lanschot Senior Open (June 22-24). Andrew Oldcorn (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto (Jpn). [Koninklijke (Royal) Haagsche G&CC, Wassenaar, nr The Hague].
Played as the inaugural Handa Cup Senior Masters (Nov 25-28; first Eurpn Snr Tr event in Japan; part of Eurpn Snr Tr 2011 season). Second-placed Satoshi Higashi (Jpn), Frankie Minoza (Phil) and Kiyoshi Murota (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind Kuramoto (Jpn). [Ohmurasaki GC, Saitama, Japan].
PGA of Japan
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (May 14-17; Japanese major ch'ship). Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto (Jpn) beat Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) at the second playoff hole, to record his second win in this event. [Shimoakima CC, Annaka, Gunma, Jpn].
Played as the Bridgestone Open (Oct 22-25; Japan Tr event). Masahiro "Massy" Kuramato (Jpn) beat Tetsu Nishikawa (Jpn) at the second playoff hole. [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
Played as the Bridgestone Open (Oct 24-27; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind defending champion "Massy" Kuramoto (Jpn), who birdied the last three holes on the final day to snatch victory. [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
Played as the Bridgestone Tournament (Oct 18-21; Japan Tr event). Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto (Jpn) beat Yoshihisa Iwashita (Jpn), Sam Torrance (Scot) and Chen Tze-chung (Taiw) with an eagle at the first playoff hole. [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
PGA of Japan
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (July 22-25; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Hsieh Min-nan (Taiw) finished 4 shots behind Kuramoto (Jpn). [Meishin Yokaichi CC, Yokaichi, Shiga, Jpn].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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