Kurt Kitayama

Kurt Kitayama

(kit-uh-YAW-muh)

Height: 5'7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 170 (77 kg)
Age: 29 (January 14, 1993)
Birthplace: Chico, California
Residence: Henderson, Nevada
Family: Single

Education: University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2015, Finance)
Special Interests: Basketball, playing video games
Turned Professional: 2015
City plays from: Chico, CA, United States


Exempt Status


PGA TOURTop 125 in 2021-22 FedExCup Playoffs and Eligibility Points List (thru 2022-23)

Career Victories


International Victories (3):
2018 Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita. 2019 Oman Open. 2018 PGM Darulaman Championship.

Player Statistics


Career Low Round:

64 - 2022 Mexico Open at Vidanta (Round 1)

Career High FedExCup Rank:

#41 : 2022 BMW Championship

Career High Official World Golf Rank:

#56 : 2023 Fortinet Championship

Career Largest Paycheck:

$876,000 : 2022 Genesis Scottish Open (Finished 2)

2021-22 Season Highlights


Qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in his first season as a member of the PGA TOUR, advancing to the BMW Championship and finishing No. 41 in the official FedExCup standings. Recorded three top-10s, highlighted by runner-up finishes at the Mexico Open at Vidanta and Genesis Scottish Open, and made 12 cuts in 24 starts.

PGA TOUR
The Honda Classic - Finished solo-third at The Honda Classic, his first career top-10 on the PGA TOUR. Held a one-stroke lead after the first round, his first career lead/co-lead after any round on TOUR. Mexico Open at Vidanta - Finished T2 at the Mexico Open at Vidanta, his first career runner-up on TOUR. Held a share of the lead after the first round. Genesis Scottish Open - Earned his second career runner-up at the Genesis Scottish Open, finishing solo-second. Qualified for The Open Championship via the Open Qualifying Series as one of the top three players not otherwise exempt in the top 10 and ties. Led the field in Birdies (19).

Career Records


PGA TOUR (Playoff Record: 0 - 0)
Season Events Rounds 1st 2nd 3rd Top 10 Top 25 Cuts Made Cuts Missed WD FedExCup Rank Earnings
Total: 41 116 2 1 3 8 19 22 $2,746,161
2022 24 70 2 1 3 6 12 12 41 $2,547,912
2021 4 8 4
2020 8 24 1 5 3 $138,792
2019 2 6 1 1 $20,200
2018 1 2 1
2017 2 6 1 1 1 $39,257
(A) - Amateur

Top Tournaments


PGA TOUR
THE PLAYERS Championship Masters Tournament PGA Championship U.S. Open The Open Championship WGC-HSBC Champions WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play WGC-FedEx St. Jude Inv WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession
2022 CUT T72
2021 CUT CUT CUT
2020 T51 T28 T53
2019 T64 CUT
FedExCup Playoffs
FedEx St. Jude Championship Dell Technologies Championship BMW Championship TOUR Championship
2022 CUT T19

Personal


  • Attended Chico High School in Chico, Calif.
  • Older brother, Daniel, played golf two years at Hawaii-Hilo.
  • First hole-in-one was on a par 4, the 16th hole at Southern Highlands GC in Las Vegas.
  • Lists "Entourage" and "Billy Madison" as his favorite movies.
  • Not many people know that he played basketball in high school.
  • Would trade places with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for a day because "he is a very successful man and an incredibly hard worker."