Takaaki Kono Biography
Takaaki Kono (4 January 1940 – 22 April 2010) was a Japanese professional golfer.
Kono was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan in 1940. He started playing golf at the age of 15. Kono had much success on the Japanese and Asian circuits at the beginning of his career, winning several times. One of his top successes was at the 1969 Malaysian Open. Six shots behind at the beginning of the final round, Kono fired a 66 (−6) to capture the title by one shot over New Zealand's John Lister and Australia's David Graham.This performance helped him earn his first special foreign invitation to the Masters Tournament that April. At Augusta, he shot a thirdround 68 (−4) put him in the top ten and a slight chance for the title. However he stumbled home on the final day and did not seriously contend for the championship, won by George Archer. This would be the beginning of a relatively long relationship with the event, however, as Kono would be invited to play in the tournament several more times. The following year, Kono played just as well, again shooting another 68 (this time in the second round) to place in the top ten once again where he remained after the third round. A final round 74 assured that he did not seriously contend on Sunday but he would pick up his best performance in a major championship. Kono would play in the event several more times in the early 1970s.
Kono continued to have success on the Japanese and Asian circuits, winning multiple events, before joining the Japan Golf Tour during its inaugural season in 1973. Kono won an event during his first season and won his second tour event of his career a decade later at an event in his hometown at the Kanagawa Open. He would not win a professional tournament again.
= Japan Golf Tour wins (2)1973 First Flight
1983 Kanagawa Open
= Asia Golf Circuit (3)1969 Malaysian Open
1971 Malaysian Open
1972 Singapore Open
= Other wins (9)1967 Nippon Series
1968 Japan Open, Nippon Series, Brazil Open
1969 Dunlop Tournament
1971 Rolex Tournament
Results in major championshipsCUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tiedNote: Kono only played in the Masters Tournament.