Japan Golf Tour

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Japan Golf Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 Japan Golf Tour
SportGolf
Founded1973
Inaugural season1973
DirectorIsao Aoki
CountriesBased in Japan[a]
Most titlesMoney list titles:
12: Japan Masashi Ozaki
Tournament wins:
94: Japan Masashi Ozaki
Related
competitions
Japan Challenge Tour
Official websiteJGTO.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 Organization (JGTO), which was established in 1999 to separate the tour from the PGA of Japan.[1] 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.

Entry to The Open Championship is given to Order of Merit winner and runner-up, Japan Open Golf Championship winner, two players not already exempt from the money list up to the Japan Golf Tour Championship, and the top four non-exempt players from the Mizuno Open.

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.

Season Player Prize money (¥)
2020–21 United States Chan Kim 127,599,803
2019 Japan Shugo Imahira (2/2) 168,049,312
2018 Japan Shugo Imahira (1/2) 139,119,332
2017 Japan Yūsaku Miyazato 182,831,982
2016 Japan Yuta Ikeda 207,901,567
2015 South Korea Kim Kyung-tae (2/2) 165,981,625
2014 Japan Koumei Oda 137,318,693
2013 Japan Hideki Matsuyama 201,076,781
2012 Japan Hiroyuki Fujita 175,159,972
2011 South Korea Bae Sang-moon 151,078,958
2010 South Korea Kim Kyung-tae (1/2) 181,103,799
2009 Japan Ryo Ishikawa 183,524,051
2008 Japan Shingo Katayama (5/5) 180,094,895
2007 Japan Toru Taniguchi (2/2) 171,744,498
2006 Japan Shingo Katayama (4/5) 178,402,190
2005 Japan Shingo Katayama (3/5) 134,075,280
2004 Japan Shingo Katayama (2/5) 119,512,374
2003 Japan Toshimitsu Izawa (2/2) 135,454,300
2002 Japan Toru Taniguchi (1/2) 145,440,341
2001 Japan Toshimitsu Izawa (1/2) 217,934,583
2000 Japan Shingo Katayama (1/5) 177,116,489
1999 Japan Naomichi Ozaki (2/2) 137,641,796
1998 Japan Masashi Ozaki (12/12) 179,627,400
1997 Japan Masashi Ozaki (11/12) 170,847,633
1996 Japan Masashi Ozaki (10/12) 209,646,746
1995 Japan Masashi Ozaki (9/12) 192,319,800
1994 Japan Masashi Ozaki (8/12) 215,468,000
1993 Japan Hajime Meshiai 148,718,200
1992 Japan Masashi Ozaki (7/12) 186,816,466
1991 Japan Naomichi Ozaki (1/2) 119,507,974
1990 Japan Masashi Ozaki (6/12) 129,060,500
1989 Japan Masashi Ozaki (5/12) 108,715,733
1988 Japan Masashi Ozaki (4/12) 125,162,540
1987 United States David Ishii 86,554,421
1986 Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima (4/4) 90,202,066
1985 Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima (3/4) 101,609,333
1984 Japan Shinsaku Maeda 57,040,357
1983 Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima (2/4) 85,514,183
1982 Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima (1/4) 68,220,640
1981 Japan Isao Aoki (5/5) 57,262,941
1980 Japan Isao Aoki (4/5) 60,532,660
1979 Japan Isao Aoki (3/5) 45,554,211
1978 Japan Isao Aoki (2/5) 62,987,200
1977 Japan Masashi Ozaki (3/12) 35,932,608
1976 Japan Isao Aoki (1/5) 40,985,801
1975 Japan Takashi Murakami 38,705,551
1974 Japan Masashi Ozaki (2/12) 41,846,908
1973 Japan Masashi Ozaki (1/12) 43,814,000

Multiple money list titles[edit]

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2021:

Titles Player
12 Japan Masashi Ozaki
5 Japan Isao Aoki
Japan Shingo Katayama
4 Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima
2 Japan Toshimitsu Izawa
Japan Naomichi Ozaki
Japan Toru Taniguchi
South Korea Kim Kyung-tae
Japan Shugo Imahira

Career money leaders[edit]

The table shows the top ten career money leaders on the Japan Golf Tour through the 2021 season. The figures shown include money won in the four global major championships from 1998 onwards and in the individual World Golf Championships from 1999 to 2009.

Position Player Prize money (¥)
1 Japan Masashi Ozaki 2,688,836,653
2 Japan Shingo Katayama 2,252,278,502
3 Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima 1,664,953,541
4 Japan Toru Taniguchi 1,662,207,219
5 Japan Naomichi Ozaki 1,545,609,713
6 Japan Hiroyuki Fujita 1,533,257,797
7 Japan Yuta Ikeda 1,269,641,069
8 Japan Hideto Tanihara 1,192,142,233
9 Japan Katsumasa Miyamoto 1,166,981,591
10 Australia Brendan Jones 1,094,192,410

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

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Schedules have included events outside Japan; in China, India, South Korea, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan golf touring pros on own". The Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii. 27 January 1999 – via Newspapers.com.

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