The Chico, Calif., native will make his third U.S. Open startd by getting inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 22. Kitayama broke through for his first PGA Tour win in March when he captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Since turning professional in 2015, Kitayama has bounced around various tours, but finally earned his PGA Tour card by finishing third in the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He has toiled on the Web.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour), Asian Tour and European Tour (now DP World Tour). He owns four professional victories, two of which have come on the European Tour. He won the 2019 Oman Open and the 2018 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, which was co-sanctioned with the Asia Tour and Sunshine Tour. Kitayama played for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 2011-15.