Tsuneyuki Nakajima

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Tsuneyuki Nakajima
中嶋常幸
Personal information
NicknameTommy
Born (1954-10-20) 20 October 1954 (age 66)
Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)
NationalityFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Career
Turned professional1975
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins57
Highest ranking 4 (1986)
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour48 (3rd all time)
Other9
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 1986
PGA Championship 3rd: 1988
U.S. Open T9: 1987
The Open Championship T8: 1986
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
1982, 1983, 1985, 1986

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

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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

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (57)

Japan Golf Tour wins (48)

Legend
Japan Opens (4)
Other Japan Golf Tour (44)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
124 Oct 1976 Golf Digest Tournament −9 (68-73-67-71=279)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kikuo Arai
225 Sep 1977 Japan PGA Championship −11 (73-65-67-72=277)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Teruo Sugihara, Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yoshitaka Yamamoto
31 Jun 1980 Mitsubishi Galant Tournament −12 (65-71-72-68=276)4 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yoshihisa Iwashita, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Marsh
425 Apr 1982 Dunlop International Open 1−12 (71-66-68-71=276)5 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Saburo Fujiki
59 May 1982 Fujisankei Classic −7 (67-73-66-71=277)Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Marsh
61 Jul 1982 Naganoken Open −7 (70-67=137)
715 Aug 1982 JPGA East-West Tournament −17 (65-62=127)
85 Dec 1982 Golf Nippon Series −17 (72-72-66-73=283)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Fujio Kobayashi
920 Mar 1983 Shizuoka Open −5 (72-72-68-71=283)
1015 May 1983 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship 38 holes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hideto Shigenobu
1122 May 1983 Mitsubishi Galant Tournament (2)−10 (65-70-71-72=278)6 strokes Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lu Hsi-chuen
1231 Jul 1983 Japan PGA Championship (2)−9 (66-72-69-72=279)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Isao Aoki
1314 Aug 1983 JPGA East-West Tournament (2)−5 (68-71=139)Playoff Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Saburo Fujiki
1411 Sep 1983 Suntory Open −14 (66-73-67-68=274)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Saburo Fujiki
1518 Sep 1983 ANA Sapporo Open −6 (71-70-72-69=282)5 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Isao Aoki
1613 Nov 1983 Goldwin Cup Japan vs USA −3 (76-65=141)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Hale Irwin
175 Aug 1984 Japan PGA Championship (3)−9 (68-69-67-71=275)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Seiichi Kanai, Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shinsaku Maeda,
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tōru Nakamura
182 Sep 1984 Kanto Open −8 (73-69-65-69=276)
1923 Jun 1985 Yomiuri Sapporo Beer Open −17 (65-71-67-72=275)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Katsuji Hasegawa
207 Jul 1985 Kanto Pro Championship −6 (68-70-69-67=274)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Koichi Suzuki
2122 Sep 1985 ANA Open (2)−11 (68-71-69-69=277)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masahiro Kuramoto
2213 Oct 1985 Japan Open Golf Championship −3 (75-68-72-70=285)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hiroshi Makino
2317 Nov 1985 Taiheiyo Club Masters −8 (67-72-67-74=280)Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Graham
2424 Nov 1985 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −13 (67-68-70-70=275)3 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Seve Ballesteros, Flag of the Republic of China.svg Chen Tze-chung
2518 May 1986 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship (2)6 & 5 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Keiichi Kobayashi
261 Jun 1986 Mitsubishi Galant Tournament (3)−8 (73-68-69-70=280)1 stroke Flag of the Republic of China.svg Chen Tze-ming
2729 Jun 1986 Mizuno Open −13 (69-65-68-37=239)*6 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tsukasa Watanabe
2829 Jun 1986 Kanto Pro Championship −19 (68-69-65-67=269)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
2912 Oct 1986 Japan Open Golf Championship (2)−4 (70-73-72-69=284)1 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Isao Aoki, Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
3019 Oct 1986 Polaroid Cup Golf Digest Tournament (2)−9 (68-68-67-72=275)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg David Ishii
314 Oct 1987 Tokai Classic −6 (71-72-73-66=282)1 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
321 Jul 1990 Kanto Pro Championship (2)−13 (67-67-68-69=271)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kiyoshi Murota
3316 Sep 1990 ANA Open (3)−11 (69-70-68-70=277)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
347 Oct 1990 Japan Open Golf Championship (3)−7 (68-71-73-69=281)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
3523 Jun 1991 Yomiuri Sapporo Beer Open (2)−16 (65-65-71-71=272)3 strokes Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Rick Gibson
3613 Oct 1991 Japan Open Golf Championship (4)+2 (72-74-71-73=290)Playoff Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Noboru Sugai
3724 May 1992 Pepsi Ube Kosan Open −13 (67-72-64-72=275)5 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hirofumi Miyase
382 Aug 1992 NST Niigata Open −13 (70-68-67-70=275)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigenori Mori
396 Sep 1992 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship Promise Cup (3)3 & 1 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
4019 Sep 1993 ANA Open (4)−14 (67-67-67-73=274)4 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Senior,
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Katsunari Takahashi
415 Dec 1993 Golf Nippon Series Hitachi Cup (2)−18 (69-65-69-67=270)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigeki Maruyama
4220 Mar 1994 Dydo Shizuoka Open −8 (71-71-69-69=280)Playoff Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tōru Nakamura
4317 Apr 1994 Tsuruya Open −9 (68-70-70-71=279)Playoff Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tsutomu Higa
4422 May 1994 Pepsi Ube Kosan Open (2)−16 (65-67-67-69=268)3 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tsukasa Watanabe
457 May 1995 Fujisankei Classic (2)−12 (66-70-70-66=272)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masahiro Kuramoto
462 Jun 2002 Diamond Cup Tournament −19 (67-66-68-68=269)2 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Kondo, Flag of Japan.svg Hirofumi Miyase,
Flag of the United States.svg Christian Pena
4717 Nov 2002 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters (2)−16 (69-66-67-70=272)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Hidemichi Tanaka
4812 Nov 2006 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters (3)−13 (71-68-71-65=275)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Toru Taniguchi

*Note: The 1986 Mizuno Open was shortened to 63 holes due to poor weather.
1Co-sanctioned by the Asia Golf Circuit

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (7–6)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11978 Japan PGA Championship Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Fujio Kobayashi Lost to birdie on first extra hole
21981 Golf Digest Tournament Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Toyotake Nakao
31982 Fujisankei Classic Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Marsh Won with par on first extra hole
41983 JPGA East-West Tournament Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Saburo Fujiki
51985 Taiheiyo Club Masters Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Graham Won with birdie on first extra hole
61986 Golf Digest Tournament Flag of the United States.svg David Ishii Won with par on fifth extra hole
71990 Golf Nippon Series Hitachi Cup Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki Lost to birdie on third extra hole
81991 Japan Open Golf Championship Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Noboru Sugai Won with par on first extra hole
91992 Japan PGA Championship Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masahiro Kuramoto Lost to par on second extra hole
10 1994 Dydo Shizuoka Open Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tōru Nakamura Won with par on first extra hole
111994 Tsuruya Open Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tsutomu Higa Won with par on second extra hole
12 2002 JCB Classic Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Toru Suzuki Lost to par on second extra hole
13 2004 JCB Classic Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Kamiyama, Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Kondo Kamiyama won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (4)

Japan Senior PGA Tour wins (5)

Results in major championships

Tournament19781979
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T17CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament T16T33T47T8CUTT33CUT
U.S. Open T26CUTT53T9T32
The Open Championship T36T8T59
PGA Championship CUTT10CUTT47CUT3
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament T10CUTCUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUTT55T49
PGA Championship CUTT21CUTT61CUTT52
Tournament200020012002
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 000023116
U.S. Open 00001154
The Open Championship 00001296
PGA Championship 001123126
Totals0011693722

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament1983198419851986198719881989
The Players Championship T16T54CUTT64T15T27CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances

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