Japanese golfer who turned professional in 1992 and was the Japan Golf Tour leading money winner in 2012.
He started golfing when he was 16-years-old.
In 2010, he ranked 48th in the Official World Golf Ranking's Top 50.
He was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.
He and Ai Miyazato are among two of the most famous golfers to emerge from Japan in the late 20th century.