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International Victories (17)
Won three times on the Japan Golf Tour, bringing his career total on that Tour to 13 wins. Victories in 2016 came at the Token Homemate Cup, The Crowns and the Mizuno Open. Made seven starts on the PGA TOUR, with a T21 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and T27 at the WGC-HSBC Champions his best outings. Victory at The Crowns came one week after a runner-up finish at the Panasonic Open. Trailed by two heading into the final round before a 65 led to an eventual playoff win over Daisuke Kataoka.
Eventual Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit champion began his year with a T10 at The Crowns, thanks to opening and closing 68s.
Only missed three cuts in 19 Japan Golf Tour starts. Had to wait until his seventh start of the year before posting a top-10. Was T6 at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup, with three 69s to go with a third-round 74, a score that prevented him from winning.
Was one of two players to shoot four rounds in the 60s at the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour. Rounds of 67-69-67-69 left him at 16-under, three shots behind winner Brendan Jones.
In 11 TOUR starts, made six cuts, with a T24 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational his best medal-play performance.
Ended the year No. 13 on the Japan Golf Tour order of merit. Finished second on the OneAsia money list, with $327,178 after winning the GS Caltex Maekyung Open and finishing second at the SK Telecom Open.
Enjoyed a career year, moving into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time on the strength of three Japan Golf Tour titlesâ€”at the Diamond Cup Golf, the Japan Open and the Mynavi ABC Championship. He won the first two tournaments, his initial Japan Golf Tour wins, by two strokes. Shot a final-round 69 to hold off a hard-charging Ryo Ishikawa by a stroke at the Mynavi ABC Championship in late October. The win moved him to 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Made the cut at both PGA TOUR starts, with identical T48 finishes at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Was 1-over in both tournaments.
Enjoyed a fine season, but it was a season of near-missesâ€”with runner-up showings at four Japan Golf Tour events. First came at the ANA Open in September, where he tied with Tommy Nakajima, a distant four strokes behind Toru Taniguchi. Also added three other top-10 finishes.
Only top-10 on the Japan Golf Tour came at the Tsuruya Open, where he was the runner-up to champion SK Ho. Shot a final-round 66 to fall a stroke short.
Added his maiden Asian Tour title at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in South Korea and added a Korean Tour title later in the season.
Won his first two titles after turning professional, both coming in his native South Korea, at the Pocari Enerzen Open and the Samsung Benest Open.