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Satoshi Kodaira |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 150
College: Japan

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At 13-under-par 71-62-70-72=275, Satoshi Kodaira emerged with a one-stroke victory at the Japan Open Golf Championship and an exemption into the 2016 Open Championship.
The Japan Open is a biggie on the Japan Golf Tour, so its winner is rewarded with a tee time at the year's third major. Kodaira's second round at Rokko Kikusai Golf Club's East Course in Kobe yielded a two-shot lead that he wouldn't relinquish. The 26-year-old dropped 11 birdies in that round alone; he totaled 23 for the week. In his Open Championship debut in 2013, he missed the cut at Muirfield, failing to break 80 in either round. Yuta Ikeda settled for runner-up honors today; he bogeyed the 72nd hole. Among the notables in the field, Adam Scott shared seventh place, eight swings back of Kodaira. Oct 18 - 3:10 PM

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Thanks to a strong run that culminated in a victory at last week's Japan Golf Tour Championship, Satoshi Kodaira has earned a berth in The Open Championship.

At the conclusion of today's Mizuno Open, the top two from the JGTO money list not already eligible for the field at Muirfield gained entry into the major. Hideki Matsuyama ranks first and has banked more than double that of Kodaira, but the 21-year-old phenom had already qualified. So, South Korea's Hyung-Sung Kim, who sits third in earnings, gets the exemption. Both Kodaira and Kim will be making their debuts in a major championship.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 08:35:00 AM

Satoshi Kodaira recorded his first victory on his home circuit, emerging by one stroke at the Japan Golf Tour Championship at the West Course of Shishido Hills Country Club in the Ibaraki Prefecture.

Kodaira slept on a one-stroke margin after 54 holes and closed with a 2-under 35-35=70 to post 14-under 274. The 23-year-old, who sat 511th in the Official World Ranking entering the week but should rise to approximately 250th with the win, birdied four of his first six holes and picked off an eagle at the par-5 10th to help offset two bogeys and a double. Kiradech Aphibarnrat and S.K. Ho shared runner-up honors. Hideki Matsuyama, who tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, carded a 67 to lead the field in the finale, but he settled for a T7. While the breakthrough is satisfactory enough for Kodaira, because it came in the flagship event on the JGTO, he has also earned a tee time at Firestone for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 09:43:00 AM