2021

World No. 1 Keita Nakajima wins Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

Keita Nakajima of Japan lifts the AAC trophy after winning on the second playoff hole during round 4 of the 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship being played on the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photograph by AAC

Date                3-6 November 2021
Venue            Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Par                  71
Length           6,986 yards
Designers     Karl Litten/Thomas Bjorn
Opened          1993

Keita Nakajima became the third player from Japan to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), defeating Hong Kong’s Taichi Kho on the second hole of a thrilling playoff on Saturday at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

The No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking ® (WAGR®) shot a three-under-par 68 in the final round to catch up with Kho, who fired a 64 in the third round followed by a 65 to finish on 14 under par.

The two players headed back to the 18th hole, which was parred in the first attempt. Kho then found the water with his second from the right fairway bunker playing it a second time. Nakajima hit a superb drive, followed by a second to 20 feet. He rolled that in to seal the victory with a birdie.

It was the second consecutive playoff in AAC history, following the two extra holes played by Yuxin Lin and Takumi Kanaya in the 2019 championship in Shanghai.

With his win, the 21-year-old Nakajima receives an invitation to the Masters Tournament in 2022, thus making his dream of playing a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club with the reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama come true, as well as an exemption into The 150th Open at St Andrews.

“I am very proud of what I have achieved. To follow in the footsteps of Hideki-san and Takumi feels great. I am so excited that I will be playing three majors in 2022 (he is also exempt for the U.S. Open as part of winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the men’s World No. 1 in 2021 WAGR ®). I am very thankful to the tournament for giving us such great opportunities,” said Nakajima, who finished joint runner-up behind Kanaya in the 2018 edition in Singapore.

Position Player Nationality To Par Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total
1 NAKAJIMA, Keita Japan -14 67 68 67 68 270
2 KHO, Taichi Hong Kong -14 68 73 64 65 270
T3 CHO, Wooyoung South Korea -12 67 68 72 65 272
T3 JIN, Bo China -12 70 64 70 68 272
T5 KIM, Baekjun South Korea -11 69 66 72 66 273
T5 SAKANE, Ryunosuke Japan -11 69 67 70 67 273
T7 LAUTEE, Andre Australia -10 70 70 66 68 274
T7 LIN, Yuxin China -10 67 71 65 71 274
T9 LEOW, James Singapore -9 70 72 67 66 275
T9 LU, Sun-Yi Chinese Taipei -9 73 67 66 69 275
T11 PENG, Bo China -8 69 68 70 69 276
T11 JAGLAN, Shubham India -8 70 68 69 69 276
T13 YANG, Alexander Hong Kong -7 67 69 70 71 277
T13 ANUPANSUEBSAI, Puwit Thailand -7 73 64 69 71 277
T13 CHOI, Sam South Korea -7 67 68 69 73 277
T16 KAWAMOTO, Riki Japan -6 69 68 71 70 278
T16 MORIYAMA, Yuki Japan -6 71 70 65 72 278
T18 VARADAN, Khavish Varman Malaysia -5 69 72 69 69 279
T18 DU, Aaron China -5 68 73 67 71 279
T18 MCKINNEY, Connor Australia -5 70 65 72 72 279
T21 BARRON, Haydn Australia -4 72 71 70 67 280
T21 VONGCHAISIT, Sarut Thailand -4 69 75 68 68 280
T21 CHEN, Peicheng China -4 69 73 69 69 280
T21 RAMADHAN PUTRA, Naraajie Indonesia -4 72 67 69 72 280
T21 OYO, Leo Japan -4 71 65 70 74 280
T26 MICHEL, Lukas Australia -3 67 71 77 66 281
T26 SITOHANG, Alfred Raja Indonesia -3 73 69 70 69 281
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T28 JANG, Yubin South Korea -2 72 72 68 70 282
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T31 BARKER, Lachlan Australia -1 73 70 69 71 283
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T33 LEE, Won Jun South Korea Par 72 70 71 71 284
T33 HAN, Brandon Singapore Par 71 67 72 74 284
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T36 ZHENG, Jimmy New Zealand +1 67 71 74 73 285
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T38 CORPUS, Carl Jano Philippines +2 70 70 72 74 286
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T43 SEELANAGAE, Supakit Thailand +5 71 71 73 74 289
T43 LIN, Chuan-Tai Chinese Taipei +5 72 69 73 75 289
T45 WONG, Qi Wen Singapore +6 72 72 75 71 290
T45 NERANJEN, Akshay India +6 74 69 71 76 290
47 SUYASRI, Parathakorn Thailand +7 71 73 73 74 291
T48 KURDI, Shergo Jordan +10 69 74 79 72 294
T48 HARTONO, Jonathan Xavier Indonesia +10 69 75 76 74 294
RTD SUKKOED, Tunyapat Thailand +3 69 68 75 212
MC ALMARAISI, Khalifa Bahrain +3 70 75 145
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