Tsuneyuki Nakajima

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Tommy Nakajima)
Jump to: navigation, search
Tsuneyuki Nakajima
中嶋常幸
Personal information
Nickname Tommy
Born (1954-10-20) 20 October 1954 (age 62)
Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)
Nationality  Japan
Career
Turned professional 1975
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins 55
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour 48 (3rd all-time)
Other 7
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 1986
U.S. Open T9: 1987
The Open Championship T8: 1986
PGA Championship 3rd: 1988
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
1982, 1983, 1985, 1986

Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Japanese: 中嶋常幸, born (中島常幸) 20 October 1954) is a Japanese professional golfer.

Nakajima was born in Gunma. He turned professional in 1975. He has won 48 events on the Japan Golf Tour, ranking third on the most Japan Golf Tour wins list. He also was the leading money winner four times in five years: 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1986. He is second on the career money list (through 2009).

Nakajima featured in the top 5 of the Official World Golf Rankings and was ranked in the top-10 for 85 weeks from their debut in 1986 to 1987.[1] He ranked as high as fifth on its predecessor McCormack's World Golf Rankings.

At the 1978 Masters Tournament, Nakajima made a 13 on the par-5 13th hole. After hitting his fourth shot into Rae's Creek, Nakajima elected to play the ball rather than take a drop. He popped the ball straight up and it landed on his foot, causing a two-stroke penalty. When he handed the club to his caddie, it slipped out of his hand and fell into the creek, incurring another two-stroke penalty. He chipped over the green, chipped back on and two-putted for the highest single-hole score in the history of the tournament.[2]

Also in 1978, Nakajima was in contention at the Open Championship on the third day at St Andrews until he putted into - and then took four attempts to escape from - the Road Hole bunker at the 17th for a quintuple bogey, which led the British tabloids to christen that bunker, for a while, "the Sands of Nakajima". Nakajima's best finish in a major was third at the 1988 PGA Championship.

He would also feature in an epic match at the 1982 Suntory World Match Play Championship at Wentworth when he lost to Sandy Lyle only after an extended playoff.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

  • 1973 Japan Amateur Championship

Professional wins[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (48)[edit]

Other wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

  • 1976 Young Lions Tournament
  • 1977 Young Lions Tournament

Japan Senior PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship T17 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T16 T33 T47 T8 CUT T33 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP T26 CUT DNP T53 T9 T32 DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T36 DNP T8 T59 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT T10 CUT T47 CUT 3 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP T10 CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP T55 T49 DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT T21 CUT T61 CUT T52 DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. ^ Winokur, Jon (2002). How to Win at Golf: Without Actually Playing Well. Pavilion Books. p. 14. ISBN 978-1862055919. 

External links[edit]