Takumi Kanaya is a professional golf player who rose to prominence for having a successful amateur career. As a former amateur, he was ranked World Number 1, as he stayed in the 1st stop in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 55 weeks. Kanaya was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan, and turned professional in 2020.
Kanaya had won several awards when he was still an amateur player, such as the 2015 Japan Amateur Championship and the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. His major successes earned him a ticket to compete in the Masters and Open Championship in 2019.
Kanaya became the country’s representative during the 2018 Eisenhower Trophy, where he finished 2nd place. He also won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2017 Summer Universiade. Kanaya as an amateur golfer is no joke, as he consistently stayed for 55 weeks in the number 1 ranking.
As mentioned, he became a professional in 2020 and debuted at the Japan Open Golf Championship. By the following month, he joined the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament and won 1st place.
Results in Major Championships:
- T58 at the 2019 Masters Tournament
- 2020 Mark H. McCormack medalist