Known for his ever-present smile on the golf course with a nickname as the "Smilin' Assassin."
First shot even-par at age 11
Early in career, made regular appearances on Japanese TV variety show called "Yume-ga-MoriMori" (Lots of Dreams)
Followed up on his dream with his father by launching his own junior golf foundation, which his company operates, in Japan. No relation to fellow professional Daisuke Maruyama.
PGA TOUR Victories (3)
2001 Greater Milwaukee Open
2002 Verizon Byron Nelson Classic
2003 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
PGA TOUR (9)
1993 Pepsi Ubekousan [Jpn].
1995 Bridgestone Open [Jpn].
1996 Bridgestone Open [Jpn].
1997 PGA Championship [Jpn], Pocari Sweat Yomiuri Open [Jpn], PGA Match Play Promise Cup [Jpn], Golf Nippon Hitachi Cup [Jpn].
1998 PGA Philanthropy Open [Jpn].
1999 Bridgestone Open [Jpn].
PGA TOUR (1)
2002 World Golf Championships-World Cup [with Toshi Izawa].
The Presidents Cup (2), 1998, 2000
World Cup (4), 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.
2012: Missed the cut in his only start on the PGA TOUR's Season, at the Sony Open in Hawaii
Top finish on the Japan Golf Tour among his eight made cuts was a T19 at the Mynavi ABC Championship.2011: Made two PGA TOUR starts, with a top-10 to show for his efforts. Opened 65-65 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and held a share of the 36-hole lead with Stuart Appleby. After a third-round, even-par 70 at Waialae CC, he was three shots off the lead entering the final round. Shot a 1-under 69 to T7
Two weeks later, missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open
Best performance on the Japan Golf Tour was a T28 at the Mynavi ABC Championship.2010: Made one of four cuts on TOUR but did not record a top-25 finish for the first time since 1995
Only made cut resulted in a T28 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic
Had a T14 at the Barclays Singapore Open on the Asian Tour.2009: Made just five starts, fewest since 1996 (2)
Lone top 10 was T10 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 2008: Did not post a top 10 for first time since 1998. 2007: Finished T2 at the Ginn sur Mer Classic for fourth career runner-up. 2006: Finished third at the B.C. Open. 2005: Finished 32nd on the money list on the strength of five top-10s, but no wins for second consecutive season
Led Sony Open in Hawaii at the 36- and 54-hole marks but stumbled on final day with 1-over-par 71 to finish T3, two behind champion Vijay Singh. Posted ace on fourth hole in third round with a 4-iron from 202 yards
Second ace of season, the fifth of his TOUR career, came in second round at John Deere Classic, holing out with a 7-iron from 173 yards on No. 3. 2005: The 2003 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro champion closed with a 5-under 67 and finished runner-up to K.J. Choi. 2004: Was five back of lead going into the final round of Nissan Open. Fired a closing-round 67 to finish one back of 54-hole leader Mike Weir. Missed a 12-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to finish second
Posted career-best finish in a major with a T4 at the U.S. Open. Shared first-and second-round leads. 2003: Despite being plagued by nagging neck injury during the early season, finished 37th on money list in 2003 for third time in four years on the strength of win at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
Recorded a hole-in-one for the third straight season when he aced the eighth hole with a 6-iron from 177 yards during the first round of the MasterCard Colonial
One of only five players to collect a win in each of the last three seasons (Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard, Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen) with his win in Greensboro. Became the third player in tournament history to finish the event at 20-under-par or better with his final score of 22-under-par 266. Held second- and third-round leads on way to victory. With $810,000 paycheck, became the first player in TOUR history to surpass $1 million in first four seasons. 2002: Turned in best finish on money list to that point in three-year career, along with most earnings
Won the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic and became the first Asian with multiple PGA TOUR victories
Closed with a 2-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over rookie Ben Crane
Posted the first ace of the 2002 U.S. Open, using an 8-iron from 154 yards on No. 14 at Bethpage Black
T5 at The Open Championship. Tied for lead with eventual champion Ernie Els and three others after 36 holes at 6-under-par 136
Withdrew from World Golf Championships-American Express Championship due to shoulder injury and played one more event, his first TOUR Championship, where he finished T13
Teamed with Toshi Izawa to win the World Cup. Team rebounded from double bogey to birdie 17th hole and par 18th to beat U.S. team by two strokes. 2001: Finished in the top 40 on PGA TOUR money list in his first two years as a member and captured his first win at the Greater Milwaukee Open. Defeated Charles Howell III with birdie-4 on first playoff hole. Victory made him first Japanese player to win PGA TOUR event on U.S. mainland (Isao Aoki captured 1983 Hawaiian Open). 2000: Became first Japanese player to top $1 million in one TOUR season
Had three top-5s included among seven top-10s, his best a T2 with Tiger Woods at Buick Invitational, four strokes behind Phil Mickelson
High point of year likely came during qualifying for U.S. Open. Shot 13-under 58 (11 birdies and one eagle) at Woodmont CC in Rockville, MD, during first round. Second round was 74, giving him total of 132 and second place at qualifier to medalist David Berganio, Jr.'s 130
Earned spot on International Presidents Cup team and finished with a 1-2-0 record. 1999: Earned his 2000 PGA TOUR membership by virtue of his strong play in the 1999 World Golf Championships: 1999 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship (T5) and 1999 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational (sixth)
In October, won the 1999 Bridgestone Open on the Japan Golf Tour for the third time (first two came in 1995-96). 1998: First came to attention of golf world when he was surprise star of Presidents Cup with a 5-0 record
Won PGA Philanthropy Open. 1997: Won four times on the Japan Golf Tour—Japan PGA Championship, Pocari Sweat Yomiuri Open, PGA Match Play Promise Cup and Golf Nippon Hitachi Cup. 1993: First victory came at Pepsi-Ubekousan.