Who's who: Massy Kuramoto

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Who's who: Massy Kuramoto

  • Name:

    Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto
  • Country:

    Japan
  • Born:

    Sept 9, 1955 in Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1981

Roll of Honour

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).

Did you know?

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.

Top tournaments won by Massy Kuramoto

2012
Europe
216 (E)
€37,500
Van Lanschot

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Score

216 (E)

Prize money

€37,500

Title sponsor

Van Lanschot

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].

2010
Asia
Ohmurasaki GC
200 (-17)
€188,960
Handa

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Venue

Ohmurasaki GC

Score

200 (-17)

Prize money

€188,960

Title sponsor

Handa

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].

1992
Japan
Shimoakima CC
281 (-7)
¥18million
PGA of Japan

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Venue

Shimoakima CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

¥18million

Title sponsor

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].

1992
Japan
271 (-17)
¥21.6million
Bridgestone

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

¥21.6million

Title sponsor

Bridgestone

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].

1985
Japan
273 (-15)
¥12.6million
Bridgestone

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

¥12.6million

Title sponsor

Bridgestone

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].

1984
Japan
279 (-9)
¥12.6million
Bridgestone

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

¥12.6million

Title sponsor

Bridgestone

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].

1982
Japan
Meishin Yokaichi CC
274 (-14)
PGA of Japan

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Kuramoto, Massy

Venue

Meishin Yokaichi CC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

Title sponsor

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].

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