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Takumi Kanaya

takumi kanaya

Takumi Kanaya

Born: 23 May 1998
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
College: Tohoku Fukushi University
Resides: Japan

Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
Other Wins: 3

Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

BIO

Takumi had an outstanding amateur career, holding the number 1 ranking for 55 weeks.  He won the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and made the cut at the Masters in 2019.  Not content with winning amateur events, Takumi won the 2019 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters on the Japanese Tour before turning pro.  

It was a smooth transition to the paid ranks as towards the end of last year he won the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japanese Tour and posted several top 5 finishes.

Takumi ended 2020 ranked 123 in the official world golf rankings.  It's very likely he'll be ranked within the top 100 by the end of 2021.

Significant info

Takumi only turned pro in 2020.

Takumi hoped to play the European Tour in 2021 but expect to see him wherever he can get an invite.

 

Pressure Performance Analysis

April 2021
Jointly led going into the final round of the Token Homemate Cup.  Shot a final round 70 to win by one shot.  Note - This was a three round event.

December 2020
Takumi was two shots back going into the final round of the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.  Shot a 70 to slip from 3rd to 5th.

November 2020
One shot behind with 18 holes remaining, Takumi shot a 69 to force a playoff with Tomohiro Ishizaka.  Takumi would win the playoff.

November 2020
Defending his title at the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters, Takumi entered the final round three shots off the pace.  Shot an acceptable 70 but lost out by four shots.

October 2020
Trailed by 5 at the Japan Open.  Shot a better than average 69 but lost out by four shots.

December 2019
Playing in the Australian Open as an amateur, Takumi was four shots behind going into the final round.  He shot a respectable 71 (better than Paul Casey and Cameron Tringale who were ahead of him on the leaderboard) to finish third.

Summary
Takumi has won twice on the Japanese Tour already and looks primed to win at higher levels.  His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at 4 stars.

Trends

Stays Hot 
Takumi posted a set of results that read 5-1-5 on his way to winning the Dunlop Phoenix.

Major and WGC Analysis

Major's
Takumi made the cut as an amateur at the Masters.  He's also teed it up at the 2019 Open Championship and 2020 US Open. He'll likely need to gain further experience before he can be considered a winner of these events.

WGC's
Yet to play any but will be a danger in future.

Playoff Record

1-0.

Takumi has only been in one playoff.  He made a birdie at the fourth hole of the Dunlop Phoenix in 2020 to seal victory.

Significant Quotes

2020 Dunlop Phoenix
"I knew that if I don't win my second victory since the Taiheiyo Masters, I won't be able to gain recognition so I really wanted to win as fast as I could."