Every January the gundan moves to tropical Okinawa or Kyushu for Jumbo’s spring camp, a sort of Grapefruit League for golfers. The most trusted voice in sports delivered straight to your inbox. It is interesting, then, to hear that he still dreams of winning the Masters, which will welcome him next week for the 17th time. The eldest of three golfing brothers, Masashi Ozaki , nicknamed ‘Jumbo’ for his driving ability, is the most successful golfer in Japanese history. It’s startling, then, to talk with Americans who play the Japanese tour–golfers who see a different Ozaki. So you have this business question for Jumbo. To behave, in other words, in a distinctly un-Japanese manner.

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Ozaki, Masashi “Jumbo”

In Jumbo hit his approach shot on the final day of the Dunlop Phoenix onto this birdbath-like perch, three feet above the water. Last year, when he could have been playing Senior golf, Ozaki won five more Japanese tour events one by 12 shotsincluding h unprecedented sixth JPGA Championship, and led the Japanese money list for the 11th time.

His explanation for the JPGA’s inaction?

You didn’t have Nomo going to the major leagues when I was young. The Latest 18 golf-inspired gift ideas this holiday season. To behave, in other words, in a distinctly un-Japanese manner.

He has missed the cut seven times, missed the entire tournament from through ’86, and has shot several rounds of 78 and higher. The interview takes place in November during a pro-am party at the Taiheyo Club in Gotemba.


Greg Norman, for one, thinks Japanese officials need to crack down on Ozaki.

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What golfers need to know. He plays guitar, sings, collects instruments and hit the pop charts in Japan with three singles in the late ’80s. Manage Profile Continue to SI. He missed the cut in ’94 and ‘ Compiled By Gary B. His best showings in the other majors are oaki drab: Here are the clubs he used to win his th tournament, and here is a document, on rice parchment, executed in precise, elegant calligraphy, lovely enough to frame. Last Ozakii, however, Jumbo signed an equipment deal with little-known World One, an entertainment company that started 10 years ago as a pipsqueak outfit renting karaoke machines.

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Ozaki was a high-school baseball star and even went on to play professionally as a pitcher from to ‘ The odds of you making golf’s rarest shots. Automated Golf Social Article 1. Jumbo winced, smiled, leaned back in his oaki.

I want to be the sort of person the fans want me to be. His tailor must have stripped a pool table for the cloth. Add more favorite teams from the list below based on your geolocation. Jumbo emerged about 30 years ago while Ozaki was teaching himself the game, and burst full-blown on the scene when he gave up baseball for tournament golf at age This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat He waits for the next question.


You’ve seen other evidence of his perfectionism. A more intriguing theory–and one that mirrors a common complaint of many Japanese women about their husbands–is offered by Ayako Okamoto, the Japanese pro who won 17 tournaments on the LPGA tour. Click here to read the entire story. Whistling Straits Kohler, Wisconsin. His walled estate–a palace by Japanese standards–has a backyard driving range and a garage for his collection of classic cars. He has won over 90 tournaments and frequently tops the money rankings, even at an age when other golfers are moving to the senior tour.

He would be giving up his culture, his life, for a succession of hotel rooms. Or as she puts it, “They can’t make it without their Cup Noodles. You currently have no favorite writers. Others point out that Ozaki has never made a concerted assault on the majors.