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Born: 25 June 1993
Birthplace: Mie, Japan
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
Other wins: 1
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Masahiro joined the European Tour in 2019 following several years of varied success on the Japanese Tour. A perennial runner up, he posted three 2nd place finishes in 2018 on the Japanese Tour, a 2nd at the Indian Open in 2019 and a 2nd at the Cyprus Showdown in 2020. He finished 2020 in his highest ever world ranking of 161st.
He is a shorter hitter of the ball which limits his chances on longer courses. However, his exceptional short game allows him to compete at shorter, fiddly courses. He will likely have another chance to win in 2021.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Finished 2nd in final round of the Cyprus Showdown where the last 16 all started at level par. It was his lowest round of the week.
Started 1 shot behind George Coetzee at the Portugal Masters. Shot 70 to finish 5 behind Coetzee who shot 66.
Began the final round of Indian Open 2 shots behind Julien Suri and Callum Shinkwin. Shot 73 to finish alone in 2nd behind Steven Gallacher who shot 71. Leaders Suri and Shinkwin shot 77 and 78 so it was a decent effort by comparison.
Began 2 shots behind Matt Fitzpatrick at the Italian Open. Shot 71 to finish 5 shots behind Bernd Wiesberger who shot 65.
Five 2nd place finishes in 3 years without a win says just about everything you need to know but a strong performance in Cyprus suggests he is improving, so we have set his GBC Pressure Performance Rating to 2 stars.
Avoid when rusty
Almost all of Masahiro's recent strong finishes have been after he has played the week before - seven of his eight top 10 finishes in 2019 and 2020. He is best backed after a competitive week.
Major and WGC Analysis
Masahiro made his major debut in 2015, missing the cut at the US Open. He has only played one major since, finishing 39th at the Open Championship in 2018. He is probably too short to contend for a major in future.
Played twice in the WGC - HSBC Champions with a best finish of 22nd in 2019.
Lost a Japanese Tour playoff in 2018.