Kurt Kitayama Holds a Special Place in Golf History
Kurt Kitayama has certainly made the rounds since turning professional in 2015.
Before earning full-time membership to the PGA Tour ahead of the 2021-22 season, the California native competed on 10 — yes, 10 — different tours around the world. And that doesn’t include qualifying schools.
One of those stops was the European Tour (now the DP World Tour), where Kitayama still owns a special piece of golf history.
Kurt Kitayama recorded two European Tour wins faster than any golfer in history
Following a solid college career at UNLV, where he teamed with Taylor Montgomery, Kurt Kitayama spent his first few years as a professional bouncing around different tours, playing events on the PGA Tour Canada, the Web.com Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour), the Japan Golf Tour, the Asian Development Tour, the Asian Tour, the China Tour, the Korean Tour, and the Sunshine Tour.
Seriously, the guy got around. And he did notch a couple of victories here and there.
In late 2018, Kitayama tied for third at European Tour Q-School, thus securing his card for the 2019 season. And what a historic season it turned out to be.
In just the second event of the 2019 season, which was played in December 2018, the then-24-year-old shot 20-under to win the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
And just three months later, Kitayama shot 7-under to win the Oman Open.
As the event was just his 11th official start on the European Tour, he became the fastest player to record two victories in the tour’s storied history.
That’s right. Of all the legendary golfers who spent much of their time on the European Tour, Hall of Famers and major championship winners such as Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Ernie Els, and Jose Maria Olazabal, nobody got to two wins quicker than Kurt Kitayama.
That’s pretty special.