His idol is former Japan Golf Tour star "Jumbo" Ozaki.
PGA TOUR (16)
2009 Japan PGA Championship [Jpn], Vana H Cup KBC Augusta [Jpn], Canon Open [Jpn], Bridgestone Open [Jpn].
2010 Toshin Golf Tournament in Lake Wood [Jpn], ANA Open [Jpn], Bridgestone Open [Jpn], Dunlop Phoenix [Jpn].
2011 Sun Chlorella Classic [Jpn].
2012 Canon Open [Jpn].
2013 Mynavi ABC Championship [Jpn].
2014 Japan Open [Jpn].
2015 KBC Augusta [Jpn].
2016 Panasonic Open Golf Championship [Jpn], Honma Tourworld Cup [Jpn], Casio World Open [Jpn].
World Cup (1), 2011
Summer Olympics (1), 2016
Royal Trophy (1), 2011.
2016: Represented Japan when golf returned to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Finished T21 in 60-player field
Closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Panasonic Open Golf Championship, his 14th victory in Japan. At 13-under 271, finished three strokes clear of Marcus Fraser and K.T. Kim. Final round was highlighted by a 29 on the front nine at the Chiba Country Club, which included six birdies and just 10 putts. A bogey on the 15th hole was his only mistake, going on to tap in for birdie on the 72nd hole for the win
All three PGA TOUR starts came in major championships, following a missed cut at the U.S. Open with a T72 at The Open Championship and T33 at the PGA Championship
Finished tied at 14-under 270 with Young-Han Song at the Honma Tourworld Cup at the Ishioka Golf club in Japan, going on to win in a playoff for his second victory on the Japan Golf Tour this season. Closed with a 66, to Song's 68, to finish regulation deadlocked
Won again on the Japan Golf Tour at the weather-shortened Casio World Open, with his 13-under total through 54 holes edging Ryuji Masaoka by one stroke and Tadahiro Takayama by four shots. With the victory, guaranteed the top spot on the money list heading into the season-ending Golf Nippon Series.2015: Finished the Japan Golf Tour season third on the money list, behind only K.T. Kim and Yusaku Miyazato. Had a strong showing at the Musee Platinum Open in July. Turned in four sub-70 rounds, including an opening, 6-under 65 to finish solo fifth, two shots behind winner Kim
Earned his 11th Japan Golf Tour title when he went wire to wire at the KBC Augusta in August. Took a share of the lead with K.T. Kwon after 18 holes then held the outright lead the rest of the way. Fired a second-round 65 and a third-round 71 to give him a one-shot lead over Keiichiri Fukabori and Tomoyo Ikemura with a round to play. Secured the victory with his second 6-under 66 for the week to roll to a five-shot win over Koumei Oda
Was in the mix all week at the Asia-Pacific Golf Championship Diamond Cup Golf. Was tied for second with 18 holes to play after firing a 3-under 67 Saturday. Needed to go low again but could only muster a 1-under 69 on the final day to tie with Toshinori Muto, three shots short of winner Kim
Added a T3 in his next start, at the Top Cup Tokai Classic. Used three 70s and a third-round 68 to tie with Sang Hyun Park, two shots out of the Kim-Shingo Katayama playoff that Kim won
Followed that with a T8 at the Honma Tourworld Cup at Trophia Golf, a final-round 65 getting him inside the top 10
Again flirted with victory, this time at the Japan Open Golf Championship. Opened 68-68 and was tied for third at the halfway mark. Despite a 3-under 69 Saturday, moved into third place with an 11-under total, two shots behind 54-hole leader Satoshi Kodaira. Fired a 71 on the final day, while Kodaira fashioned an even-par 72 that was enough to secure the one-shot triumph. Stood on the 18th tee with a chance to win or force a playoff but ended up bogeying the hole
Had a solid early November tournament on the Japan Golf Tour, at the Heiwa PGM Championship. Opened with a pair of 68s and closed with a 3-under 67 to T6 at Sohbu CC's Sobhu Course. 2014: Closed the Japan Golf Tour season ranked seventh on the Order of Merit. Finished T7 at the Token Homemate Cup early in the Japan Golf Tour season
Next top -10 didn't come until late-August, at the RZ Everlasting KBC Augusta. Finished T7 after four par-or-better rounds at Keya GC, including a final-round, 4-under 68
In his next start, contended at the Fujisankei Classic on the Japan Golf Tour, but a final-round, 2-over 73 knocked him down the leaderboard after a 68-69-69 start. Eventually finsihed T4 with two others
Added a T5 in early October at the Top Cup Tokai Classic, moving into the top five with a final-round, 5-under 67 on the final day
Was a stroke off the lead after both 18 and 36 holes of the Japan Open in mid-October. Shot a 4-under 66 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over Shingo Katayama and Prayad Marksaeng. Survived a final-round, 2-over 72 at Chiba CC's Umesato Course but was able to hang on for a one-shot triumph over Katayama and Satoshi Kodaira. The victory was his first since 2011 and 10th overall on the Japan Golf Tour
Had a strong tournament at the Mynavi ABC Championship. Opened with a 5-under 66 and a 6-under 65 close to T4.2013: Season highlighted by a playoff win over S.K. Ho at the Mynavi ABC Championship. Both players finished regulation at 15-under 269 before Ikeda prevailed in the playoff
At the Indonesia PGA Championship on the Japan Golf Tour, opened 67-68-67 and was a stroke out of the 54-hole lead. Could only muster a final-round, 1-under 71 at Emeralda GC and fell into a T7, four shots behind winner Choi Ho-Sung
On the first day of December, made a run at victory at the Casio World Open in Japan. Trailed Hideki Matsuyama by two shots through 54 holes, shot a 3-under 69 on the final day but still came up a stroke short of Matsuyama's winning score at Kochi Kuroshio CC.2012: At 17-under 271, defeated Jung-Gon Hwang and Taichi Teshima by three strokes at the Canon Open
Shot weekend rounds of 69-66 to T10 at the Token Homemate Cup on the Japan Golf Tour
Added a T6 at the PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup in May
Added an additional top-10, a T10 at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open
Couldn't overcome a first-round 72 at the Japan Golf Tour Championship Citibank Cup Shishido Hills. Played his final 54 holes 65-68-69 to finish solo third, three shots shy of winner Yoshinori Fujimoto
At the Kansai Open Golf Championship, shot a third-round 62, a pair of 31s (9-under) at Izumigaoka CC to move into a tie for second through 54 holes. Had a final-round, even-par 72 to finish solo fourth, four shots behind winner Toshinori Muto
Fell a stroke short of K.T. Kim at the Fujisankei Classic in early September. Shot weekend rounds of 67-67 at Fujizakura CC
At the 54-hole Toshin Golf Tournament at Ryosen GC in September, finished in a tie with Ashun Wu, with both players shooting identical 65-66-67 scores. In the playoff, Wu prevailed in the extra session to win his first Japan Golf Tour title
The next week, again contended only to again finish as the runner-up, this time at the ANA Open in Sapporo. Joined Wen-Chong Liang, Kurt Barnes and Hyung-Sung Kim a stroke behind winner Hiroyuki Fujita.2011: The top moment of his season came when he won his ninth Japan Golf Tour title in three years. At the Sun Chlorella Classic, he shot a third-round 64 and then hung on with a final-round, even-par 72 to edge Tetsuji Hiratsuka by a stroke. Finished the season No. 11 on the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit
He had top 10s in his first four starts of the Japan Golf Tour year. He was third at the Totumi Hamamatsu Open, followed by a T8 at the Token Homemate Cup, a sixth-place showing at The Crowns and a T5 at the PGA Championship Nissin
He qualified for all four World Golf Championships events for the first time in his career, with a T29 at the HSBC Champions his top showing
He also made the cut in both of his major championship appearances, finishing T38 at The Open Championship and T45 at the PGA Championship
Late in the season, he made his OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup debut, teaming with Hiratsuka and representing Japan to a 20th-place performance in China.2010: Won four more times on the Japan Golf Tour, at the Toshin Golf Tournament in Lake Wood, the ANA Open, the Bridgestone Open for a second consecutive year, and the Dunlop Phoenix
At the Bridgestone Open, he had a final-round 62, his career-low Japan Golf Tour round, to win by three strokes
.Had 11 PGA TOUR starts, with a T22 at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship his best showing. Also T29 at the Masters Tournament in his first appearance at Augusta National. 2009: Won four times on the Japan Golf Tour to battle for the top spot on that Tour. In his only PGA TOUR start, missed the cut at The Open Championship. Won for the first time on the Japan Golf Tour at the Japan PGA Championship. Won by seven strokes after taking a four-stroke lead into a 36-hole final day. Beat Japan Tour veteran Yasuharu Imano in a playoff at the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta, earning his second title of the year. Shot a final-round 64, which included six birdies on the front nine, to win the rain-shortened Canon Open. Shot a final-round 65 to win the Bridgestone Open by two strokes over Kenichi Kuboya. The win moved him to first on the money list and 35th in the Official World Golf Ranking in late-October. Amateur: Won the 2003 Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego.