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Encyclopedia > Masashi Ozaki

Masashi Ozaki (尾崎将司, born in Tokushima on January 24, 1947) is a Japanese golfer. He is often known as Jumbo Ozaki on account of his height and length off the tee. He is the most successful player of all time on the Japan Golf Tour, having topped the money list twelve times and won ninety four tournaments. He built "AON Age" with his rivals Isao Aoki and Tsuneyuki Nakajima. However, his performances outside Japan have generally been disappointing, with just two wins in minor tournaments, and they have been exceeded by those of some of his compatriots including Isao Aoki and Shigeki Maruyama. He is reluctant to attempt to speak English. Tokushima (徳島市; -shi) is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island of Japan. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor sport where individual players or teams hit a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... The Japan Golf Tour is a prominent golf tour. ... Isao Aoki (born 31 August 1942 in Abiko, Chiba, Japan) is one of Japans most successful golfers. ... Isao Aoki (born 31 August 1942 in Abiko, Chiba, Japan) is one of Japans most successful golfers. ... Shigeki Maruyama (born September 12, 1969) is a Japanese golfer. ...

Ozaki finished 8th at The Masters in 1973 (winner Tommy Aaron). He finished 6th at the US Open in 1989 (winner Curtis Strange). He competed at The Masters eighteen times, but beat par only in 1995. In the third round he played with 19-year-old amateur Tiger Woods. The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Thomas Dean Tommy Aaron (born February 22, 1937 in Gainesville, Georgia) is a professional golfer who is best known for winning The Masters Tournament in 1973. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Curtis Northrup Strange (born 1955) is a U.S. golfer. ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington. ...

Ozaki was a professional baseball pitcher from 1965 to 1967, but he turned to professional golf at the age of 23 and won the Japan Pro Golf Championship the following year. Baseball is a team sport, in which a fist-sized ball is thrown by a defensive player called a pitcher, and an offensive player called a batter attempts to hit it with a tapered, cylindrical, smooth stick called a bat. ...

Ozaki's brothers Tateo and Naomichi ("Joe") are also professional golfers. Now in his late fifties, he still plays regularly on the Japan Golf Tour.

Japan Golf Tour money list wins: 1973, 1974, 1977, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.

External links

  • Profile on the Japan Golf Tour's official site

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Kasco | EQUIPMENT PLAYERS | Jambo Ozaki (162 words)
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki was born in Tokushima Prefecture in 1947.
Ozaki became a professional golfer in 1970 and won his first all-Japan Pro championship in 1971, a year in which he won five tournaments.
He and his rivals Isao Aoki and Tsuneyuki Nakajima were the pillars of the glorious era in Japanese golf named after them: the AON era.
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