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RBC Heritage Recap: Kodaira Wins First PGA Tournament

Len Hochberg

Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.

About a year ago, there was a Twitter dustup among some professional golfers debating whether it was an advantage playing in Europe and Asia. PGA Tour members Grayson Murray and Kelly Kraft thought international players were able to move up the world rankings more easily by playing overseas. Byeong-Hun An and Thomas Pieters, two Euro-centric players, basically told them to shut up.

Which brings us to the focus of this week’s golf recap, Satoshi Kodaira. The 28-year-old Tokyo native had won six times on the Japan Tour to steadily move up the rankings and, thus, gain access to the biggest worldwide tournaments. He had also played 14 PGA Tour events over the past six years and had never so much as registered a top-25 finish. Advantage, Murray and Kraft.

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