Masashi Ozaki

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Masashi Ozaki
尾崎 将司
Personal information
Nickname Jumbo
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947 (age 71)
Kaifu District, Tokushima, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
Nationality  Japan
Career
Turned professional 1970
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins 114
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour 94 (1st all-time)
Other 20
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 player. Ozaki was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 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 (2)[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 CUT CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T14 T10
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT T18
U.S. Open T17 CUT T6
The Open Championship T60 T35 T11 T30
PGA Championship CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament 23 T35 T45 CUT T29 CUT 42 CUT CUT T28
U.S. Open T24 CUT T23 T33 T28 T28 T67 CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T38 CUT
PGA Championship T69 T47 T49 CUT CUT 78
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 3 19 10
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 4 13 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 3 10 49 29
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

Team appearances[edit]

This list may be incomplete.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. ^ Ozaki joins 2011 class of World Golf Hall of Fame
  3. ^ Masashi Ozaki career baseball stats
  4. ^ 1965 Pacific League stats
  5. ^ 1966 Pacific League stats
  6. ^ 1967 Pacific League stats
  7. ^ "Jumbo shot out rivals". The Canberra Times. 12 February 1990.

External links[edit]

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