Masashi Ozaki

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Masashi Ozaki
尾崎 将司
— Golfer —
Personal information
Nickname Jumbo
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947 (age 68)
Kaifu District, Tokushima, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb; 14 st)
Nationality  Japan
Career
Turned professional 1970
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins 113
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour 94 (1st all-time)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 1973
U.S. Open T6: 1989
The Open Championship T10: 1979
PGA Championship T47: 1994
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2011 (member page)
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
1973, 1974, 1977, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Masashi Ozaki (尾崎 将司 Ozaki Masashi?, born (尾崎 正司) 24 January 1947) is a Japanese professional golfer. Ozaki is often known as Jumbo Ozaki (ジャンボ尾崎 Janbo Ozaki) on account of his height and length off the tee. He featured in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings for almost 200 weeks between 1989 and 1998.[1] He is the most successful player of all time on the Japan Golf Tour, having led the money list a record 12 times and won 94 tournaments, more than 40 more than the second highest tally. Ozaki was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010 and was inducted in May 2011.[2]

Biography[edit]

Ozaki was born in Kaifu District, Tokushima. He was a professional baseball pitcher/outfielder from 1965 to 1967 with the Nishitetsu Lions,[3][4][5][6] but he turned to professional golf at the age of 23 and won the Japan PGA Championship the following year.

Ozaki led the Japan Golf Tour in earnings in 1973–74, 1977, 1988–90, 1992, and 1994–98. Ozaki finished 8th at The Masters in 1973 and finished 6th at the U.S. Open in 1989. He competed at the Masters 19 times. He played occasionally on the PGA Tour from 1972 to 2000, in 96 tournaments, though never more than seven in one year. His best finish was a T-4 at the 1993 Memorial Tournament. Ozaki played on the International Team in the 1996 Presidents Cup. Ozaki built "AON Age" with his rivals Isao Aoki and Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima. Ozaki's brothers Tateo "Jet" and Naomichi "Joe" are also professional golfers. Now in his sixties, he still plays regularly on the Japan Golf Tour.

Professional wins[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (94)[edit]

International wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (18)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T8 CUT T43 T33 DNP CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T14 T10
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T18
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T17 CUT T6
The Open Championship T60 T35 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T11 DNP T40
PGA Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament 23 T35 DNP T45 CUT T29 CUT 42 CUT CUT T28
U.S. Open T24 CUT T23 T33 T28 T28 T67 CUT CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP T38 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T69 DNP DNP DNP T47 T49 CUT DNP CUT DNP 78

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

  top-10

Team appearances[edit]

This list may be incomplete.

See also[edit]

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Preceded by
Ichiro Suzuki
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
1996
Succeeded by
Hidetoshi Nakata