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Satoshi Kodaira

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 150

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Making his tournament debut as a pre-tourney 200/1 outright, non-member and World No. 46 Satoshi Kodaira twirled a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to post the clubhouse lead on 12-under 272, later matched by Si Woo Kim, and then defeated him with birdie on the third hole of sudden death, the par-3 17th. UPDATE: Kodaira leaps 19 places to a career-high 27th in OWGR.
The duo matched par 4s on the first two playoff holes (18-18) before the Tokyo native banged in the winner from 24'6", claiming his first PGA TOUR title in 15 events. In his last 32 worldwide starts, he's now recorded 16 top 10s, 12 of those top 5s, including three wins. and two runners-up. The 28-year-old arrived off a T28 in his Masters debut, his third straight made cut in majors (five events total). He also shot a 67 in R3 at last year's PGA, which tied the low round of the day. After opening in 73, week- and career-low 63, and 70, Kodaira began T12, six back of leader Ian Poulter. Playing out of the sixth-to-last threesome, he hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 4.624 tee-to-green. He squared two bogeys at holes 8 and 17, outflanked by seven birdies at 1-3, 7, 10, 14 and 15, posting 0.792 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. With the win, Kodaira is now eligible, and accepted, full-time membership on the PGA TOUR. Apr 15 - 3:35 PM

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Satoshi Kodaira rocketed up the leaderboard in round two of the RBC Heritage, coasting to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63, the low round of his PGA TOUR career and also low round of the day, rising 69 spots on the leaderboard to enter the weekend on 6-under 136.

World No. 46 is making his tournament debut this week and Harbour Town Golf Links got the best of him on day one (two-birdie 73). Kodaira bounced back today thanks to a red-hot putter. He sprinkled seven putts from the 11-to-19 foot range, good for +5.193 strokes gained putting on the round. Kodaira's previous low round on the PGA TOUR circuit came in R1 of the 2017 Sony Open (5-under 65). It's unlikely he can maintain today's level of putting but he also enters the weekend ranked inside the top 25 in strokes gained off-the-tee, as well as strokes gained approach.
Apr 13 - 6:11 PM

Making his tournament debut at the Masters Tournament, Satoshi Kodaira opened with a 1-under-par 35-36=71, just the third man in the field to sign for a red number.

Kodaira entered with nothing better than T46 in 13 career PGA TOUR starts. He's looking to improve upon that ho-hum record as he makes his debut at Augusta National Golf Club. Kodaira played steady golf today, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 10 greens in regulation. It was his around-the-green work that helped him compile this score. The most notable highlight came at the par-4 seventh hole where he dunked his third shot, from the greenside bunker, for a bonus birdie. That was his second circle of the round and he would add a third on the closing, par-4 18th, holing out from 7 yards to walk off in style. Given his poor track record on the PGA TOUR, he's still a long shot to contend but stranger things have happened.
Apr 5 - 2:58 PM

Satoshi Kodaira will take his first stab at Augusta National Golf Club as he preps for a debut at this week's Masters Tournament.

Kodaira posted 15 top 10s during the 2017 calendar year but he arrives with four straight finishes outside the top 20 since upping the level of competition (all four Euro Tour or PGA TOUR starts). Most of his big finishes have come back at home on the Japan Golf Tour circuit. Kodaira has 13 career starts on the PGA TOUR with none of them resulting in finishes better than T46 (2017 U.S. Open). That makes him a long shot to contend this week in Georgia, an easy golfer to swerve in nearly all fantasy formats.
Apr 4 - 2:16 PM

Satoshi Kodaira will make his third straight appearance at Wailalae Country Club as he preps for this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

World No. 51 cracked the field through a sponsor's exemption. He finished T81 during his 2016 debut and returned last year to post a T49. More recently he's been spending his time on the Japan Golf Tour. He finished 2017 ranked 2nd in the order of merit. That includes a pair of wins on his home tour. Kodaira's best finish on the PGA TOUR is a T46 during the 2017 U.S. Open. It's possible that he's still learning how to settle into a PGA TOUR event, but for the most part gamers can safely avoid him in all fantasy formats and not miss out on much.
Jan 9 - 7:36 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 119 Satoshi Kodaira fashioned a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the 99th PGA Championship for a 54-hole total of 1-over 214, up 50 spots on the live leaderboard to T20 and matching J.B. Holmes for the low round in the clubhouse.

This is the 27-year-old's fourth overall major appearance with one prior cash, a T46 at the 2017 U.S. Open (Erin Hills), which also doubles as a career-TOUR-best in eight career events. He's 3-for-3 on TOUR in 2017, with all three finishes falling in between 46th and 49th place. After kicking off in 71-76, Kodaira began T70 on 5-over, one of six players to make the cut on the number, and found 10 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.796 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.010 approaching-the-green. He offset three bogey-5s at Nos. 1 (3-putt from 78'8"), 3 (3-putt from 38'4") and 12, with seven circles at 2, 5, 8, 11, 13, 14 and 16, two from between 21 and 39 feet, adding a 16-footer from the fringe at 16. Kodaira recorded 1.636 putts per GIR and 2.131 SG: Putting, taking just 25 total putts.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 06:29:00 PM

World No. 96 Satoshi Kodaira coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 32-34=66 during round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii, claiming a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard at 9-under 131.

In the field on one (of two) foreign exemptions given this week, Kodaira is making quick work of Waialae Country Club. He pelted 16 greens in regulation today, despite finding just eight (of 14) fairways on the day. That moves his GIR-ratio up to 31-of-36 on the week, good for T11 at the moment. The 27-year-old finished T81 (MDF) during his Sony Open debut last year, and it's shaping up to be a much better result this time around.
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 06:21:00 PM

Satoshi Kodaira made his debut at the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii and returns this week for a second look at Waialae Country Club.

Kodaira calls the Japan Golf Tour home and he's won on his home circuit each of the past four seasons. The 27-year-old most recently hoisted the trophy at the 2016 Bridgestone Open, held in October. Last year he made his Sony Open debut and arrived without much form. He went on to post rounds of 68-67-74=209 en route to a T81/MDF on the week. Overall on the PGA TOUR he boasts 3-for-5 record, but that is a bit deceiving. Two of his "cuts made" came in no-cut Wolf Golf Championship events. In actuality, Kodaira has yet to post anything better than a T65 on the PGA TOUR and that makes him a relatively easy fade in fantasy games this week.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 07:57:00 AM

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.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 03:10:00 PM

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