|Date of Birth||1976-02-14|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(1) 2012 Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open, Japan.
(2) 2011 Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, Japan, 2013 Japan Open.
Masanori enjoyed a highly successful first season on the Asian Tour in 2012. He earned his card from Qualifying School and subsequently claimed a major victory in the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan. Also finished tied 10th in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and equal fifth in the season-ending Iskandar Johor Open to end the year in fourth place on the Order of Merit. He was subsequently named Rookie of the Year. Also won on the Japan Tour in 2011.
Ventured to Asia after seeing the success of Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Daisuke Maruyama on the Asian Tour. Started playing baseball when he was young but got hooked to golf after watching his first drive go a very long way.