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Kitayama breaks through at Bay Hill

Kitayama breaks through at Bay Hill

Golf professional, Kurt Kitayama, secured his first PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Kitayama, who had never previously won on the PGA Tour, shot a final round of 70 to finish the tournament at 9 under par.

The American, who turned 30 last month, began the final round at Bay Hill in Florida four strokes behind the overnight leader, Corey Conners. However, Kitayama quickly made up ground, birdieing three of his first five holes to close the gap.

In a tense final stretch, Kitayama held off strong competition from Conners, as well as past major winners Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. He secured the victory with a par on the final hole, finishing one stroke ahead of Conners, who had birdied the 18th hole to put the pressure on Kitayama.

The win at Bay Hill marks a breakthrough moment for Kitayama, who had previously won twice on the European Tour but had struggled to replicate that success in the United States. He credited his experience playing in Europe with helping him handle the pressure of the final round.

Kitayama's victory also earns him a spot in the upcoming Masters Tournament, where he will make his debut at Augusta National Golf Club in April.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational, held annually at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA Tour. The event honors the memory of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, who passed away in 2016.

The tournament also serves as a key warm-up event for the Masters, which is widely considered the most prestigious tournament in golf. Many of the world's top players use the Arnold Palmer Invitational as a tune-up for the Masters, and the tournament has a strong field of competitors each year.

Kitayama's win at Bay Hill is likely to raise his profile among golf fans and fellow professionals alike. With a major championship now on the horizon, he will be looking to build on his success and establish himself as one of the game's rising stars.

 

Golf professional, Kurt Kitayama, secured his first PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Kitayama, who had never previously won on the PGA Tour, shot a final round of 70 to finish the tournament at 9 under par.

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