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Knox, Mahan share lead at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Russell Knox, seeking a victory that would dramatically boost his career, shared the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Beljan leads despite health scare

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Charlie Beljan, his spot on the PGA Tour in jeopardy, fought a health scare Friday and took the lead at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Bohn leads at True South Classic

MADISON, Miss., July 19 (UPI) -- Jason Bohn shot an 8-under 64 Thursday and had the lead at the True South Classic when play was halted by heavy rain.

Byrd takes second-round lead

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Jonathan Byrd, three years removed from his most recent PGA Tour victory, moved one shot in front Friday after 36 holes of the Shriners Children Hospitals Open.

Mediate gets 3rd eagle, holds Frys lead

SAN MARTIN, Calif., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Rocco Mediate notched an eagle for the third straight round Saturday, holding on to his three-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Frys.com Open.

Points, Imada share Torrey Pines lead

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- D.A. Points and Ryuji Imada shared the lead Friday after 36 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open and Phil Mickelson found himself caught up in a controversy.
McIlroy, McDowell lead World Cup of Golf

McIlroy, McDowell lead World Cup of Golf

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot a combined 14-under-par 58 Thursday, giving Ireland the lead after 18 holes at the World Cup of Golf in Shenzhen, China.
PGA dropping Atlanta-area tour stop

PGA dropping Atlanta-area tour stop

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- PGA Tour officials said Monday they are removing the Atlanta-area tour stop from their 2009 schedule, ending a 42-year association.
Imada's win lifts him to top 50 in world

Imada's win lifts him to top 50 in world

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 19 (UPI) -- AT&T Classic winner Ryuji Imada of Japan moved up 20 spots to No. 49 in the official World Golf Ranking Monday.

Imada claims first PGA Tour championship

DULUTH, Ga., May 18 (UPI) -- Ryuji Imada sank a birdie putt on the final hole of the AT&T Classic in Georgia Sunday and then beat Kenny Perry in a playoff for his first PGA Tour title.

Howell in third-round lead at AT&T Classic

DULUTH, Ga., May 17 (UPI) -- Charles Howell III posted a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the PGA's AT&T Classic at Duluth, Ga.
Sean O'Hair captures 2nd PGA Tour title

Sean O'Hair captures 2nd PGA Tour title

PALM HARBOR, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- Sean O'Hair shot a 2-under-par 69 to come from four shots back and win the PODS Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., Sunday -- his second PGA Tour victory.
Mickelson notches 33rd tour victory

Mickelson notches 33rd tour victory

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson shot a 1-under-par 70 Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif., his 33rd victory on the PGA Tour.

Woods coasts to Buick Invitational win

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Tiger Woods Sunday cruised to an eight-stroke victory at the Buick Invitational Golf Tournament at La Jolla, Calif.
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Ryuji Imada
Japan's Ryuji Imada lines up a putt on the 17th hole on the first day of the 138th British Open Championship in Turnberry Thursday July 16 2009. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Ryuji Imada (今田竜二 born 19 October 1976) is a U.S.-based Japanese professional golfer.

Imada was born in Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan. He came to the United States when he was 14 to attend a Tampa golf academy for Asian players. His instructor was (and still is) Richard Abele, who became his legal guardian. Under Abele's teaching, he won several of the top tournaments on the amateur circuit and reached the final of the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links. His accomplishments in the American Junior Golf Association led to a scholarship to University of Georgia, where he played for two years and helped the Bulldogs win the 1999 NCAA title.

Imada turned professional in 1999. From 2000 to 2004 he played on the second tier Nationwide Tour, winning the 2000 BUY.COM Virginia Beach Open and the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. On the Monday following his win, Imada fired a back-nine score of 29 in U.S. Open qualifying at Scotch Valley, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He was the medalist, with a score of 64, and advanced to sectional qualifying. His third place finish on the 2004 money list earned him promotion to the PGA Tour.

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