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Shugo Imahira

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/2/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'5" / 132

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, sponsor invite and World No. 53 Shugo Imahira patched together a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, dipping three places to T7 on 8-under 132 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With the tournament complete, Imahira finished T33 on 8-under 272 (65-67-71-69), 14 adrift of champion Matt Kuchar.
The 26-year-old hit seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.266 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.652 approaching and 1.412 around-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 2 (3-putt from 12'0"), offset by two birdies at 14 and 7, both from between 10 and 28 feet, adding a 21'2" eagle-3 at 18 from the fringe. The Japanese star posted 1.800 putts per GIR and -0.678 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. Jan 11 - 6:56 PM

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World No. 53 Shugo Imahira blitzed Waialae Country Club with a 5-under-par 33-32=65 during the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, placing him in a share of fourth place on the early leaderboard.

The 26-year-old got the news earlier this week that he received a special invitation into this year's Masters Tournament. Perhaps riding that wave of good news, Imahira pelted 15 greens in regulation on the heels of 3.431 strokes gained approaching-the-green. He currently leads the field in SG:Tee-to-Green (+4.906). This is Imahira's sixth career start on the PGA TOUR and it'll go in the books as his new personal best on the big stage (beating a 4-under 66 which is posted in R4 of this event last year). Playing on a sponsor's invite this week, Imahira arrived with eight straight top 15s, worldwide, and he's not showing any signs of slowing down this week, regardless of the bump in field strength.
Jan 10 - 11:17 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 53 Shugo Imahira received a special invitation to the 2019 Masters while getting ready to contest his second Sony Open after a T54 on debut last year (67-71-70-66), also on a sponsor exemption.

The 26-year-old, who won the 2018 Order of Merit on the Japan Golf Tour, got the news on Tuesday. The Masters was the only major that he hadn't competed in, missing the cuts at the 2018 PGA, the 2017 U.S. Open, and by two at the 2016 Open in his TOUR and major debut after rounds of 68-80. This is the Japanese star's sixth overall TOUR start with last year's Sony his only cash, and notoriously was DQ'd in his WGC debut at the 2018 HSBC, where he was 74th (of 78) thru 36 holes (72-79) but missed his R3 tee time. He checks in off eight straight top-13 finishes on the Asian and JGTO, beginning the run with his second JGTO title at the Bridgestone Open back in October. Overall, Imahira recorded 14 top 10s in 2018 in 27 starts, including seven podiums.
Jan 9 - 11:17 AM

Japan's Shugo Imahira will make his World Golf Championship debut in the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC in Shanghai, China. UPDATE: Imahira was 74th (of 78) thru 36 holes (72-79), but was DQ'd for missing his R3 tee time.

The 25-year-old is making quiet progress through the Japanese ranks. He topped the 2014 Japanese secondary circuit to earn promotion and has since improved his main tour rank each year: 24th to 10th to a current rank this season of fifth. He has nine top fives this year, including a maiden victory in May's Kansai Open and a play-off defeat in last month's ANA Open. He was T3 in last week's weather disrupted Bridgestone Open. He has limited experience away from his home tour. He opened the 2016 Open with a 68 before crashing out with a second round 80 and missed the cut in this year's Maybank Championship U.S. Open, but was T35 in January's solid-field Asian Tour Singapore Open.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 02:14:00 PM

Making his tournament debut, Shugo Imahira managed a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of The 145th Open at Royal Troon.

The 23-year-old from Japan split 11 (of 14) fairways and found 13 greens in regulation. The highlight of the round came at the par-5 sixth hole where he circled an eagle-3. That came on the heels of a birdie-bogey combo at the two holes prior, vaulting him from even-par to 2-under. After circling his second birdie of the round at the par-4 ninth, he cruised home on the difficult back nine with nothing but pars. Making his first start in a PGA TOUR event, Imahira is showing no signs of nerves. He entered the week with podium finishes in two of his last five starts on the Japan Golf Tour.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 11:14:00 AM