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Name: - Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki
Country: - Japan
Born : - January 24, 1947 in Kaifu, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan.
Original Home/Club: - Kaifu, Japan.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1970

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (1996). Total professional wins (113), of which Japan Golf Tour (94). Japan Tour leading money winner (1973, '74, '77, '88, '89, '90, '92, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2011).


Golf course design

Jumbo Ozaki has been involved with several design projects, which include, but are not limited to: Mission Hills Shenzhen - Ozaki course (China, 1998, with Schmidt-Curley); Templer Park (Thai, 1991, with Kentaro Saro).


Did you know?

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki is the most successful player of all time on the Japan Golf Tour. He led the tour's money list a record 12 times and won 94 tournaments, over 40 more than the second highest player.

From 1965 to 1967 Ozaki was a professional baseball pitcher/outfielder with the Nishitetsu Lions. He transitioned to professional golf aged 23, and won the Japan PGA Championship the following year. During his time as a prolific winner on the Japan Tour, he enjoyed a great rivalry with two other Japanese golfing legends, Isao Aoki and Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima. Ozaki's brothers Tateo "Jet" Ozaki and Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki were also regulars on the tour. Ozaki played 96 tournaments on the PGA Tour between 1972 and 2000, though never achieved a finish in the top 3 of any PGA Tour event or major championship. His only win outside Japan came in the 1972 New Zealand PGA Championship.


Top tournaments won by Jumbo Ozaki

1998Men JapanABC ChampionshipABC GC275 (-13)¥36million
Played as the Philip Morris Championship (Oct 29-Nov 1; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Mitsuo Harada (Jpn) and Carlos Franco (Para) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [ABC GC, Kato, Hyogo, Japan].
1998Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr69.20n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Carlos Franco (Para) was second with 69.63; Brian Watts (Can/USA) was third with 69.72.
1998Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn179millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his twelfth (and fifth straight) Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1998 season earnings of Yn179,627,400 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Brian Watts (Can/USA) was second with Yn132,014,990; Hidemichi Tanaka (Jpn) was third with Yn103,941,437.
1997Men JapanBridgestone OpenSodegaura CC273 (-15)¥21.6million
Played as the Bridgestone Open (Oct 23-26; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) and Tateo "Jet" Ozaki (Jpn) (Jumbo's younger brother) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
1997Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr68.94n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) was second with 69.39; Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) was third with 69.77.
1997Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn170millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his eleventh (and fourth straight) Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1997 season earnings of Yn170,847,633 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) was second with Yn152,774,420; Brian Watts (Can/USA) was third with Yn111,153,198.
1997Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC267 (-13)¥21million
Played as The Crowns - International Invitation Golf (May 1-4; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Brian Watts (Can/USA) finished 2 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who won this event for the third straight time and fifth time in total. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1996Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn277 (-7)¥36million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 14-17; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) and Tom Watson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who won this event for the third straight year. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1996Men JapanJapan PGA Ch'shipSanyo GC270 (-18)¥18million
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (May 9-12; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) finished 8 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who recorded his sixth and final win in this event. [Yoshii course, Sanyo GC, Hirayama, Akaiwa, Okayama].
1996Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr68.94n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Brian Watts (Can/USA) was second with 69.81; Yoshinori Kaneko (Jpn) was third with 70.13.
1996Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn209millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his tenth (and third straight) Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1996 season earnings of Yn209,646,746 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Yoshinori Kaneko (Jpn) was second with Yn117,697,448; Brian Watts (Can/USA) was third with Yn89,346,882.
1996Men JapanNippon Series JT CupTokyo Yomiuri CC262 (-26)¥30million
Played as the Golf Nippon Series Hitachi Cup (Nov 28-Dec 1; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who claimed the last of his seven wins in this event. [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].
1996Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC268 (-12)¥21million
Played as The Crowns - International Invitation Golf (April 25-28; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Katsuyoshi Tomori (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1995Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn273 (-11)¥36million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 16-19; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Brandt Jobe (USA), Peter Senior (Aus) and Robert Gamez (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1995Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr68.92n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Peter Senior (Au) was second with 70.04; Brandt Jobe (USA) was third with 70.24.
1995Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn192millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his ninth (and second straight) Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1995 season earnings of Yn192,319,800 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Satoshi Higashi (Jpn) was second with Yn136,854,183; Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) was third with Yn103,209,036.
1995Men JapanNippon Series JT CupTokyo Yomiuri CC272 (-16)¥30million
Played as the Golf Nippon Series Hitachi Cup (Nov 30-Dec 3; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Shigenori Mori (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].
1995Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC260 (-20)¥21million
Played as The Crowns - International Invitation Golf (April 27-30; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Nobuo Serizawa (Jpn) finished 5 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who recorded a tournament record low score of 260 and record 20-under par. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1994Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn201 (-15)¥27million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 17-20; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1994Men JapanJapan OpenYokkaichi CC270 (-18)¥18million
Played as the Japan Open (Sept 29-Oct 2; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed David Ishii (USA) and Hideki Kase (Jpn) finished 13 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who won the last of his five Japan Open titles. [Yokkaichi CC, Yokkaichi, Mie, Jpn].
1994Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr69.16n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) was second with 70.58; Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) was third with 70.64.
1994Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn215millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his eighth Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1994 season earnings of Yn215,468,000 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Brian Watts (Can/USA) was second with Yn139,052,710; Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) was third with Yn115,771,280.
1994Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)270 (-18)¥27million
Played as the Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 10-13; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Bob Estes (USA) finished 5 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
1993Men JapanJapan PGA Ch'shipSports Shinkou CC278 (-10)¥18million
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (May 13-16; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Tsuyoshi Yoneyama (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who recorded the fifth of his six wins in this event. [Sports Shinkou CC, Hyogo, Jpn].
1993Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr70.27n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) was second with 70.88; Tze-chung "T.C." Chen (Taiw) was third with 71.14.
1992Men JapanJapan OpenRyugasaki CC277 (-11)¥18million
Played as the Japan Open (Oct 8-11; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Brent Franklin (Can) and Masahiro Kuramoto (Jpn) finished 5 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Ryugasaki CC, Ryugasaki, Ibaraki, Jpn].
1992Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr70.09n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) was second with 71.29; Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) was third with 71.33.
1992Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn186millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his seventh Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1992 season earnings of Yn186,816,466 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) was second with Yn130,880,179; Tze-Ming Chen (Taiw) was third with Yn122,317,851.
1992Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)276 (-12)¥27million
Played as the VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 12-15; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger), Tsukasa Watanabe (Jpn) and Masahiro Kuramoto (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
1992Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC270 (-10)¥21million
Played as The Crowns - International Invitation Golf (Apr 30-May 3; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Peter Senior (Aus) and Brent Franklin (Can) finished 4 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1991Men JapanJapan PGA Ch'shipPrestige CC, Jpn273 (-15)¥18million
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (Aug 15-18; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Tsukasa Watanabe (Jpn) finished 6 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Prestige CC, Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture, Jpn].
1991Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr70.50n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Roger Mackay (Aus) was second with 70.56; Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) was third with 70.67.
1990Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr69.90n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Graham Marsh (Aus) was second with 71.00; Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) was third with 71.15.
1990Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn129millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his sixth (and third straight) Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1990 season earnings of Yn129,060,500 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Tommy Nakajima (Jpn) was second with Yn96,979,100; Ryoken Kawagishi (Jpn) third with Yn87,350,200.
1989Men JapanJapan OpenNagoya GC274 (-6)¥10million
Played as the Japan Open (Oct 5-8; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Brian Jones finished 1 shot behind defending champion Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Jpn].
1989Men JapanJapan PGA Ch'shipKarasuyamajo CC278 (-6)¥12.6million
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (Aug 3-6; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Hideki Kase (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who recorded the third of his six wins in this event. [Karasuyamajo CC, Tochigi, Jpn].
1989Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr70.49n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Graham Marsh (Aus) was second with 71.06; Koichi Suzuki (Jpn) was third with 71.59.
1989Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn108millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his fifth (and second straight) Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1989 season earnings of Yn108,715,733 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) was second with Yn79,690,766; Brian Jones (Aus) was third with Yn70,061,826.
1988Men JapanBridgestone OpenSodegaura CC273 (-15)¥14.4million
Played as the Bridgestone Open (Oct 20-23; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
1988Men JapanJapan OpenTokyo GC288 (+4)¥10million
Played as the Japan Open (Oct 6-9; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) and defending champion Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Tokyo GC, Sayama, Saitama, Jpn].
1988Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr70.53n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. David Ishii (USA) was second with 71.05; Ian-Baker Finch (Aus) was third with 71.33.
1988Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn125millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his fourth Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1988 season earnings of Yn125,162,540 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events). Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (Jpn) was second with Yn83,782,697; David Ishii (USA) was third with Yn71,372,048.
1987Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Jpn Tr70.68n/a
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. David Ishii (USA) was second with 70.70; Graham Marsh (Aus) was third with 71.04.
1987Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC268Yn16mill
Played as The Crowns - International Invitation Golf (Apr 30-May 3; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Ian Baker-Finch (Aus), Masahiro Kuramoto (Jpn), Isao Aoki (Jpn) and Yoshitaka Yamamoto (Jpn) finished 6 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1980Men JapanNippon Series JT CupYomiuri CC283 (−7)¥5million
Played as the Golf Nippon Series (Dec 3-7; Japanese major ch'ship and season-ending event). Won by Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Co-hosted by Yomiuri CC, Nishinomiya, Hyogo and Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo].
1978Men JapanUbe Kosan OpenUbe 72 CC275 (-13)¥5million
Played as the Pepsi-Wilson Tournament (May 18-21). Won by defending champion Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who recorded his 20th Japan Tour win. [Mannennike West course, Ube 72 CC, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan].
1977Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn35millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his third Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1977 season earnings of Yn35,932,608 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events).
1977Men JapanNippon Series JT CupYomiuri CC275 (−15)¥5million
Played as the Golf Nippon Series (Nov 30-Dec 4; Japanese major ch'ship and season-ending event). Won by Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Co-hosted by Yomiuri CC, Nishinomiya, Hyogo and Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo].
1977Men JapanUbe Kosan OpenYokohama CC274 (-14)¥5million
Played as the Pepsi-Wilson Tournament (May 26-29). Won by Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [West course, Yokohama CC, Kanagawa, Japan].
1974Men JapanJapan OpenCentral GC, Jpn279 (-13)¥6million
Played as the Japan Open (Sept 26-29; Japanese major ch'ship). Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) recorded his first of five wins in the Japan Open, but would wait 14 years before claiming his second win in the event. [East course, Central GC, Namegata, Ibaraki].
1974Men JapanJapan PGA Ch'shipOmotezao Intl GC274 (-14)¥2million
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (Aug 15-18; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed and defending champion Aoki (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Omotezao Intl/Kokusai GC, Shibata, Miyagi, Jpn].
1974Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn41millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won his second Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1974 season earnings of Yn41,846,908 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events).
1974Men JapanNippon Series JT CupYomiuri CC280 (−10)¥5million
Played as the Golf Nippon Series (Nov 14-17; Japanese major ch'ship). Won by Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn). [Co-hosted by Yomiuri CC, Nishinomiya, Hyogo and Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo].
1973Men AwardsMoney Winner - Jpn TrYn43millsee Score
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won the inaugural Japan Golf Tour Money List, with 1973 season earnings of Yn43,814,000 on the Tour (incl winnings from Majors & WGC events).
1973Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersSobu CC278 (-6)US$65,000
Played as the Taiheiyo Club Pacific Masters (Oct 11-14; Japan Tr event). Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) beat Bert Yancey (USA) in a three-hole aggregate score playoff, to record his fifth Japan Tour win in 1973. [Sobu course, Sobu CC, Inzai, Chiba, Japan].
1972Men Aus/NZNew Zealand PGAMt Maunganui
Played as the New Zealand PGA Championship (Jan 5-8). Won by Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn); the legendary player's only significant tournament win outside of his native Japan. [Mount Maunganui GC, Tauranga, NZ].
1972Men JapanNippon Series JT CupYomiuri CC287 (-3)
Played as the Golf Nippon Series (Nov 15-19; Japanese major ch'ship). Defending champion Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) won in a playoff. [Co-hosted by Yomiuri CC, Nishinomiya, Hyogo and Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo].
1971Men JapanABC ChampionshipPerfect Liberty CC208 (-8)
Played as the inaugural United States-Japan Golf Match (Nov 5-7; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Bert Yancey (USA) finished in third place behind Billy Casper (USA) and Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who tied for first place. [Perfect Liberty CC, Osaka, Japan].
1971Men JapanJapan PGA Ch'shipPhoenix CC, Jpn282 (-6)
Played as the Japan PGA Championship (Sept 16-19; Japanese major ch'ship). Second-placed Hideki Sugimoto (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who recorded the first of his six wins in this event. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1971Men JapanNippon Series JT CupYomiuri CC284 (−6)
Played as the Golf Nippon Series (Nov 17-21; Japanese major ch'ship). Won by Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn) by 1 shot. [Co-hosted by Yomiuri CC, Nishinomiya, Hyogo and Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo].

 

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