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Is Takumi Kanaya the next Hideki Matsuyama?

Kanaya in action at the Australian Golf Club this week (Photo: Henry Peters )
The name may have escaped the attention of Australian golfing fans but Japanese amateur Takumi Kanaya displayed during today’s third round of the Emirates Australian Open just why he is considered one of the most exciting prospects in the world of amateur golf and is already being talked about along the lines Hideki Matsuyama in his home country.

Kanaya’s round of 65 today moved him from the cut-line to inside the top five when he finished his round just after midday, adding further to the growing legend that is Takumi Kanaya.

He is in line to be the leading amateur which if he is able to do so will have completed an impressive double in national championships this year. Who knows maybe even more is in store for him.

In 2015 at the age of just 17 Kanaya was the Japan Amateur Champion. Six weeks ago, Kanaya finished runner-up in the Japan Golf Tour's Japan Open to Yuta Ikeda, one of the most prolific winner of titles on the Japan Golf Tour in recent times.

He is already showing that effort was more than just a one off having finished a respectable 11th at last week’s NSW Open where he recorded a second round of 64 and now this effort today adds to the growing reputation.

The 19 year old from Hiroshima attends college in Japan and interestingly was not included in the field for the recent Asia Pacific Amateur Championship because his college required him for playing duties. It was disappointing for the event and no doubt for Kanaya but he is once again showing just how good he is.

Whether Kanaya can build on his effort today and challenge for the title tomorrow remains to be seen but it is clear he is a future star.




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