The Longest Hitter in Japan is Ready for the Millbrook Challenge

Japanese Professional Riki Kawamoto isn’t a household name in the world of golf just yet, but those in the know believe that the young 22-year-old will be very soon.

Kawamoto finished 9th on the Japan Tour Order of Merit in 2022 recording 9 top 10 finishes and two victories. He led the Japan Tour for driving distance and was fifth overall for hitting greens in regulation.

Kawamoto knows the edge that his driving provides to his game, but is well aware of how it can also work against him

“My length off the tee is a powerful weapon, but I never forget that it can also come back to bite me”.

“I am working every day to make it a weapon that will lead me to victory in any battle”.

Speaking about his first visit to Queenstown, Kawamoto is looking forward to the experience and the seeing the beautiful back drop for himself.

“It’s a special opportunity for me to play in the New Zealand Open for the first time.”

“It’s a historic event with over 100 years history and with the pro-am format it provides a wonderful experience to meet with opinion leaders and celebrities who are taking part in the pro-am side of the event”.

“My fellow professionals who have previously been to the New Zealand Open before have told me about the beauty of Millbrook Resort and the surrounding Queenstown area.”

“I am also looking forward to the kiwi hospitality and the warmth of the welcome extended to all the players”.

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