Has been knocking on the door at Major Championships in recent seasons, finishing fifth in the Masters in 2015 to add to top tens in the Open Championship and U.S. Open, both in 2013. Impressively, those results came only a few months after he turned professional, having reached number one in the World Amateur Ranking the year before. Won on his second appearance after joining the paid ranks, capturing the Tsuruya Open on the Japan Golf Tour, and triumphed again five weeks later. Became the first rookie to win the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit. Made his breakthrough on the US PGA Tour in 2014, winning the Memorial Tournament after seeing off Kevin Na in a play-off, which moved him up to a career-high 13th in the World Ranking. It was the first US PGA Tour victory by a Japanese player since Ryuji Imada in 2008. Represented the International Team in the Presidents Cup in 2013 and 2015.