Japan Golf Tour

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Japan Golf Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Japan Golf Tour
Sport Golf
Founded 1973
Director Katsuji Ebisawa
Country  Japan
Most titles Japan Masashi Ozaki (94)
Official website JGTO.org

The Japan Golf Tour is a prominent golf tour. It was founded in 1973 and as of 2006 it offers the third highest annual prize fund out of the regular (that is not for seniors) men's professional tours after the PGA Tour and the European Tour. However since the early 1990s, the growth in prize money has not kept pace with that on the two larger tours. Official events on the Japan Golf Tour count for World Golf Ranking points, and success on the tour can also qualify members to play in the majors.

Most of the leading players on the tour are Japanese, but players from many other countries also participate. The tour is currently run by the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO), which was established in 1999. The JGTO also organises a developmental tour called the Japan Challenge Tour.

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki has been the dominant player on tour, leading the career wins list with 94, the career money list with over ¥2 billion, and winning the money title twelve times between 1973 and 1998.

2014 Schedule[edit]

Main article: 2014 Japan Golf Tour

Money list winners[edit]

The official prize money list on the Japan Golf Tour includes money won by members in the majors and the World Golf Championships events. Through 2009, all of the players who have topped the money list were Japanese nationals, except for the Japanese American David Ishii, but Korean Kim Kyung-tae became the first golfer with non-Japanese origin to top the money list in 2010.

Year Player Country Prize money (¥)
2013 Hideki Matsuyama  Japan 201,076,781
2012 Hiroyuki Fujita  Japan 175,159,972
2011 Bae Sang-moon  South Korea 151,078,958
2010 Kim Kyung-tae  South Korea 181,103,799
2009 Ryo Ishikawa  Japan 183,524,051
2008 Shingo Katayama  Japan 180,094,895
2007 Toru Taniguchi  Japan 171,744,498
2006 Shingo Katayama  Japan 178,402,190
2005 Shingo Katayama  Japan 134,075,280
2004 Shingo Katayama  Japan 119,512,374
2003 Toshimitsu Izawa  Japan 135,454,300
2002 Toru Taniguchi  Japan 145,440,341
2001 Toshimitsu Izawa  Japan 217,934,583
2000 Shingo Katayama  Japan 177,116,489
1999 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki  Japan 137,641,796
1998 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 179,627,400
1997 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 170,847,633
1996 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 209,646,746
1995 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 192,319,800
1994 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 215,468,000
1993 Hajime Meshiai  Japan 148,718,200
1992 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 186,816,466
1991 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki  Japan 119,507,974
1990 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 129,060,500
1989 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 108,715,733
1988 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 125,162,540
1987 David Ishii  United States 86,554,421
1986 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima  Japan 90,202,066
1985 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima  Japan 101,609,333
1984 Shinsaku Maeda  Japan 57,040,357
1983 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima  Japan 85,514,183
1982 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima  Japan 68,220,640
1981 Isao Aoki  Japan 57,262,941
1980 Isao Aoki  Japan 60,532,660
1979 Isao Aoki  Japan 45,554,211
1978 Isao Aoki  Japan 62,987,200
1977 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 35,932,608
1976 Isao Aoki  Japan 40,985,801
1975 Takashi Murakami  Japan 38,705,551
1974 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 41,846,908
1973 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 43,814,000

Multiple money list titles[edit]

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2013:

Titles Player Country
12 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan
5 Isao Aoki  Japan
5 Shingo Katayama  Japan
4 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima  Japan
2 Toshimitsu Izawa  Japan
2 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki  Japan
2 Toru Taniguchi  Japan

Career money leaders[edit]

The table shows the top ten career money leaders on the Japan Golf Tour through the 2012 season. The figures shown include money won in the four global major championships from 1998 onwards and in the individual World Golf Championships events from their introduction in 1999. The leading non-Japanese money winner on the tour is Japanese-American David Ishii with earnings of over 810 million ¥ (12th place). The leading non ethnic-Japanese player is the Australian Brendan Jones with earnings of over 780 million ¥ (16th place).

Position Player Country Prize Money (¥)
1 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki  Japan 2,688,528,253
2 Shingo Katayama  Japan 1,733,401,608
3 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima  Japan 1,656,408,175
4 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki  Japan 1,540,433,233
5 Toru Taniguchi  Japan 1,490,522,237
6 Hiroyuki Fujita  Japan 1,198,045,075
7 Masahiro "Massy" Kuramoto  Japan 1,018,192,189
8 Toshimitsu Izawa  Japan 1,007,855,886
9 Isao Aoki  Japan 980,652,048
10 Taichi Teshima  Japan 847,479,479

There is a full list on the Japan Golf Tour's website here.

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