Japan Golf Tour

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Japan Golf Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Golf current event.svg 2020–21 Japan Golf Tour
Sport Golf
Founded 1973
Director Isao Aoki
CountryFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Most titlesMoney list titles:
12 Masashi Ozaki
Tournament wins:
94 Masashi Ozaki
Related
competitions
Japan Challenge Tour
Official website JGTO.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.

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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

The official prize money list on the Japan Golf Tour includes money won by members in the majors and the World Golf Championships events. Through 2009, all of the players who have topped the money list were Japanese nationals, except for the Japanese American David Ishii, but Korean Kim Kyung-tae became the first golfer with non-Japanese origin to top the money list in 2010.

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

Multiple money list titles

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2020:

TitlesPlayerCountry
12 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
5 Isao Aoki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
5 Shingo Katayama Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
4 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2 Toshimitsu Izawa Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2 Toru Taniguchi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2 Kim Kyung-tae Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2 Shugo Imahira Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Career money leaders

The table shows the top ten career money leaders on the Japan Golf Tour through the 2019 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.

PositionPlayerCountryPrize money (¥)
1 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2,688,836,653
2 Shingo Katayama Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2,219,787,405
3 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,664,953,541
4 Toru Taniguchi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,655,033,756
5 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,545,609,713
6 Hiroyuki Fujita Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,522,057,750
7 Yuta Ikeda Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,207,748,995
8 Katsumasa Miyamoto Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,140,211,825
9 Brendan Jones Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1,094,192,410
10 Hideto Tanihara Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,080,542,691

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

Records

See also

Notes and references

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

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