2018

Takumi Kanaya Becomes Second Japanese Player to Win AAC Title at 10th Edition in Singapore

Takumi KANAYA of Japan holding the trophy of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore on Sunday, October, 7, 2018. AAC

Date                 4-7 October 2018
Venue              Sentosa Golf Club
Par                    35-35-70
Length            6,262 metres/6,847 yards
Designers      Frank Pennick/Redesign by Andrew Johnston and Matt Swanson in 2016
Opened           1974

Japan’s Takumi Kanaya followed in the footsteps of his renowned countryman Hideki Matsuyama when he won the 10th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) on 7 October, 2018. Kanaya earned an invitation to the 2019 Masters Tournament and a place in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush.

The 20-year-old Kanaya, the highest-ranked Japanese player in the field at No. 22, shot a five-under-par 65 on the final day to finish at 13-under-par 267, two shots ahead of India’s Rayhan Thomas (66) and compatriot and 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Keita Nakajima (67). As runners-up, both Thomas and Nakajima earned spots in The Open Qualifying Series.

Continuing his impressive form, which saw him win two other tournaments in 2018 and also finish second in the individual standing of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships, Kanaya wasn’t fazed by the suspension in play due to inclement weather. Following the hour delay, he powered ahead of the field with three consecutive birdies starting at the 14th hole. After a bogey on the 17th, he went on to finish two strokes ahead of what had been a tight leader board throughout the day.

“This is simply like a dream. I have been dreaming of going to the Masters ever since I was a kid,” said Kanaya, who received a congratulatory call from Matsuyama moments after winning the championship.

“I never expected to play the Masters and The Open so early in my career, so this is just huge.

“I played well throughout the day, but I think the key for me was how I kept my calm and composure during the round.”

Thomas was disappointed with the four-over 74 start he had in the first round, which eventually made all the difference. He achieved the best-ever finish by an Indian in the decade-long history of the championship, however, comfortably beating Khalin Joshi’s T-9 finish in 2010 in Japan.

“One thing I definitely learned from this week is that you can’t win a championship of this level after starting with a four-over round,” said Thomas, who made only one bogey in his last 45 holes.

“Irrespective of my score, I loved every moment of this great championship and I am glad that I have the chance to come back again next year knowing that I have the ability to win it.”

Nakajima felt he was in the reckoning until he made a bogey on the 17th hole, but added that Kanaya’s play was a factor, too.

“I had a fantastic week. I thought I still had a chance coming in, but the three-putt bogey on the 17th was a turning point. And also, Takumi played so solid,” said Nakajima.

POS PLAYER Nationality To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Takumi KANAYA  Japan -13 69 69 64 65 267
2 Rayhan THOMAS  India -11 74 64 65 66 269
2 Keita NAKAJIMA  Japan -11 67 68 67 67 269
4 Lloyd Jefferson GO  Philippines -10 65 67 69 69 270
5 K.K. LIMBHASUT  Thailand -9 66 68 68 69 271
6 Cheng JIN  China -8 65 67 70 70 272
7 Ervin CHANG  Malaysia -7 72 69 68 64 273
8 Sadom KAEWKANJANA  Thailand -6 68 66 73 67 274
9 Gregory FOO  Singapore -5 70 69 69 67 275
9 Won-Jun LEE  Korea – Republic of -5 68 67 68 72 275
9 Zheng Kai BAI  China -5 66 67 69 73 275
9 Yuxin LIN  China -5 69 69 62 75 275
13 Daniel HILLIER  New Zealand -4 72 65 71 68 276
13 Kartik SHARMA  India -4 71 66 69 70 276
13 Andy ZHANG  China -4 69 70 64 73 276
16 Charlie HILLIER  New Zealand -3 68 70 69 70 277
16 Chun-An YU  Chinese Taipei -3 68 70 68 71 277
16 Min Woo LEE  Australia -3 66 69 69 73 277
19 Yung-Hua LIU  Chinese Taipei -2 65 70 74 69 278
19 Hadi ABDUL  Singapore -2 70 71 68 69 278
21 Denzel IEREMIA  New Zealand -1 68 70 71 70 279
21 Yuvraj SANDHU  India -1 72 66 70 71 279
21 Zach MURRAY  Australia -1 70 69 69 71 279
24 Blake WINDRED  Australia 0 72 69 70 69 280
24 Kazuya OSAWA  Japan 0 69 68 73 70 280
24 Leon Philip D’SOUZA  Hong Kong 0 72 70 69 69 280
24 Dylan PERRY  Australia 0 73 67 69 71 280
24 Dongmin KIM  Korea – Republic of 0 67 73 67 73 280
24 Naraajie RAMADHAN  Indonesia 0 66 74 63 77 280
30 Ngai SI  Luxembourg 1 72 70 70 69 281
30 Seung-Taek OH  Korea – Republic of 1 73 69 69 70 281
30 Shiso GO  Japan 1 68 72 70 71 281
30 Jang Hyun LEE  Korea – Republic of 1 71 71 71 68 281
30 Tanapat PICHAIKOOL  Thailand 1 67 72 69 73 281
30 Sean MARUYAMA  Japan 1 69 69 69 74 281
30 David MICHELUZZI  Australia 1 64 71 69 77 281
37 Terrence NG  Hong Kong 2 73 67 70 72 282
38 Amarin KRAIVIXIEN  Thailand 3 70 71 73 69 283
38 Kshitij Naveed KAUL  India 3 69 76 71 67 283
40 Wee Jin LOW  Singapore 4 70 70 75 69 284
40 Parathakorn SUYASRI  Thailand 4 71 75 68 70 284
42 Joshua HO  Singapore 5 72 69 73 71 285
42 Rupert ZARAGOSA  Philippines 5 69 71 74 71 285
42 Bryan Wiyang TEOH  Malaysia 5 70 69 76 70 285
45 Matthew McLEAN  New Zealand 6 72 73 73 68 286
46 Luke BROWN  New Zealand 7 73 71 69 74 287
46 Jin-Bo HA  Korea – Republic of 7 66 67 79 75 287
46 Chanmin JUNG  Korea – Republic of 7 69 77 70 71 287
49 M Rifqi ALAM RAMADHAN  Indonesia 8 72 73 72 71 288
49 Han XUE  China 8 72 74 71 71 288
51 Kerry MOUNTCASTLE  New Zealand 9 75 65 75 74 289
51 Runchanapong YOUPRAYONG  Thailand 9 74 72 73 70 289
53 Almay Rayhan YAGUTAH  Indonesia 10 69 73 74 74 290
54 Matthew CHEUNG  Hong Kong 11 74 71 73 73 291
54 Varun PARIKH  India 11 73 73 71 74 291
54 Ting-Wei HSIEH  Chinese Taipei 11 73 72 73 73 291
54 William HOWARD  Cook Islands 11 72 74 73 72 291
58 Lucius TOH  Singapore 13 80 66 70 77 293
58 Guxin CHEN  China 13 77 68 78 70 293
60 Othman ALMULLA  Saudi Arabia 18 69 74 78 77 298
60 Ahmad BAIG  Pakistan 18 73 69 81 75 298
62 Shergo AL KURDI  Jordan 21 69 76 84 72 301
63 Ghazanfar MEHMOOD  Pakistan 23 71 75 83 74 303
WD Afif RAZIF  Malaysia 13 70 72 77 219
MC Tuck Soon CHAN  Malaysia 7 76 71 147
MC Brentt SALAS  Guam 7 73 74 147
MC Wei-Hsuan WANG  Chinese Taipei 7 71 76 147
MC Sukra Bahadur RAI  Nepal 7 75 72 147
MC Kaito ONISHI  Japan 7 75 72 147
MC Vinay Kumar YADAV  India 8 74 74 148
MC Van WRIGHT  Samoa 8 76 72 148
MC Andre Wei Zer CHONG  Singapore 8 71 77 148
MC Jonathan WIJONO  Indonesia 9 71 78 149
MC Mg MAE  Myanmar 9 77 72 149
MC Thiha HTAY  Myanmar 9 72 77 149
MC Muhammad Afif FATHI  Malaysia 10 74 76 150
MC Brian TAIKIRI  Papua New Guinea 10 76 74 150
MC Ali Abdulla AL-SHAHRANI  Qatar 10 74 76 150
MC Olaf ALLEN  Fiji 10 74 76 150
MC Ahmad SKAIK  United Arab Emirates 11 76 75 151
MC Donovan LEE  Singapore 11 76 75 151
MC Ryan WONG  Singapore 11 74 77 151
MC Indika JAYAMAHA  Sri Lanka 12 74 78 152
MC Md Shahab UDDIN  Bangladesh 12 81 71 152
MC George RUKABO  Solomon Islands 12 75 77 152
MC Azzan AL RUMHI  Oman 13 78 75 153
MC Md Shomrat SIKDER  Bangladesh 13 77 76 153
MC Vanseiha SENG  Cambodia 13 73 80 153
MC Thammalack BOUAHOM  Laos 13 77 76 153
MC Redge CAMACHO  Guam 15 72 83 155
MC Ali KHAZANBEIK  Iran 15 75 80 155
MC Morgan ANNATO  Papua New Guinea 15 78 77 155
MC Amer Abdulhasan RADEE  Iraq 15 79 76 155
MC Abid HUSSAIN  Fiji 15 79 76 155
MC Sun-Yi LU  Chinese Taipei 16 77 79 156
MC Chanpasit OUNAPHOM  Laos 16 78 78 156
MC Sisira KUMARA  Sri Lanka 17 77 80 157
MC Tanka  B. KARKI  Nepal 17 79 78 157
MC Ka Hou AO  Luxembourg 17 80 77 157
MC Arthur BARAKAT  Lebanon 18 78 80 158
MC Saleh ALKAABI  Qatar 18 77 81 158
MC Hung Dung NGUYEN  Vietnam 18 78 80 158
MC Amarapadma NARAHENPITAGE  Sri Lanka 19 80 79 159
MC Phuong Toan NGUYEN  Vietnam 19 83 76 159
MC Saud ALSHARIF  Saudi Arabia 21 80 81 161
MC Hassan KARIMIAN NOSHAHR  Iran 22 77 85 162
MC B.A. SANJEEWA  Sri Lanka 22 77 85 162
MC Samu MATULINO  Samoa 23 83 80 163
MC Saqer ALNOAIMI  Bahrain 24 85 79 164
MC Abdulla ALMUSHARREKH  United Arab Emirates 25 84 81 165
MC Kristopher WILLIAMSON  Cook Islands 26 86 80 166
MC Pichmeta PEOU  Cambodia 26 85 81 166
MC Mohamed ALNOAIMI  Bahrain 27 87 80 167
MC Rachid AKL  Lebanon 28 87 81 168
MC Munkhbaatar BOLDBAATAR  Mongolia 28 89 79 168
MC Talgat SUGIRBEKOV  Kyrgyzstan 32 88 84 172
MC Aidarali ASANOV  Kyrgyzstan 34 88 86 174
MC Asad ALRAWASHDEH  Jordan 35 89 86 175
MC Khayankhyarvaa AMGALAN  Mongolia 39 88 91 179
WD Shae WOOLS-COBB  Australia 4 70 70