Ryo Hisatsune secures PGA Tour card after DP World Tour success

Japanese golfer Ryo Hisatsune clinched his PGA Tour card, marking a milestone in his golfing journey after securing a top position in the DP World Tour and aims to make his mark in the upcoming PGA TOUR season.

Japanese golfer Ryo Hisatsune’s journey to prominence reached a significant milestone as he secured a coveted PGA Tour card through the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, becoming the first Asian golfer to benefit from the strategic collaboration between the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR.

The 21-year-old, a relatively unknown figure just over a year ago, expressed his elation after clinching his PGA TOUR card alongside nine others through the Race to Dubai Rankings. Hisatsune, visibly delighted, stated, “Knowing I’ve secured my status makes me extremely happy, and I’m really looking forward to next year.”

Hisatsune’s achievement came after finishing tied 18th in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which sealed the last available PGA TOUR card for players not otherwise exempt.

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Amid fluctuations on the final day, Hisatsune eventually clinched the card with a 27-point lead over Rasmus Hojgaard, following a commendable performance that showcased his emerging talent.

The young Japanese golfer’s rapid ascent began on the Abema Tour, a secondary circuit in Japan, where he won three titles, securing his playing rights on the Japan Golf Tour in 2022. His journey continued with a successful stint at the DP World Tour Qualifying School last year, leading to his recent accomplishments.

Hisatsune’s standout performances, including a runner-up finish at the Australian PGA Championship and a remarkable victory at the Cazoo Open de France, have been instrumental in his rise. His notable win made him only the third Japanese golfer, after Isao Aoki and Hideki Matsuyama, to triumph on the DP World Tour.

Eager to make an impact on the PGA TOUR, Hisatsune expressed his aspirations to follow in Hideki Matsuyama’s footsteps and become a major championship-winning player. While planning to base himself in Florida, akin to fellow Japanese golfers, he remains grateful for the platform provided by his roots that fueled his professional growth.

Looking ahead to his debut PGA TOUR season in 2024, Hisatsune aims to continue his remarkable journey and surprise many with his talent on the grand stage.

-IANS

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