About Keiichiro Fukabori

By Larry Anderson

Keiichiro Fukabori is a professional golfer from Japan who competes primarily on the Japan Golf Tour. He turned professional in 1995 and scored his first tour victory two years later. Fukabori has played in two of the four major championships in golf -- the U.S. Open and the British Open Championship.

Personal Information

Fukabori was born October 9, 1968, in Tokyo. He stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 150 pounds. After he became a professional golfer in 1995, Fukabori's first victory was at the Kanto Open in 1996. By the time he won the event, it was no longer part of the Japan Golf Tour (it was part of the tour until 1991).

Challenge Tour

Before he turned professional, Fukabori played in events on the Challenge Tour, a developmental tour of the Japan Golf Tour. He was victorious at the fifth Korakuen Cup event of the 1993 season, shooting a 6 under par to take the top spot. In winning the event, he defeated Shoichi Yamamoto in a playoff.

Japan Golf Tour

Fukabori's first win on the Japan Golf Tour was at the Just System KSB Open in 1997. He finished the tournament at 12 under par, and during one round shot a 64. That round included eight birdies and an eagle. Fukabori went on to finish in the top 25 in 13 of the season's next 28 events. Since then, he's been a consistent performer on the Japan Golf Tour. His victories include: ANA Open (1998); Ube Kosan Open and Juken Sangyo Open Hiroshima (2000); Juken Sangyo Open Hiroshima (2001); Japan Open Golf Championship (2003); and the ANA Open and Sun Chlorella Classic (2005).

Major Championships

Fukabori has played in two of the four major championships in professional golf. His first was the 1998 British Open Championship. He missed the cut in that event. His next major championship appearance was in 2004, again at the British Open. He finished in a tie for 30th place at that event. In 2005, he finished in a tie for 57th place at the U.S. Open. He missed the U.S. Open cut in 2006, and, that same year, finished the British Open in a tie for 56th place.

Personal Bests

Fukabori has been among the leaders on the money list of the Japan Golf Tour since he turned professional. He was 46th in 1996 and 51st in 2002. Otherwise, he was in the top 25 each year from 1997 to 2008. In 2005, he was third on the money list. That was the same season that he shot his lowest score for 18 holes--a round of 62 during the ANA Open, which he won. Six times in his career, including that event, he has carded nine birdies in a single round.

About The Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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