Isao Aoki

Isao Aoki (青木 功, Aoki Isao, born 31 August 1942) is a Japanese professional golfer. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004.

Isao Aoki
青木 功
Personal information
Born (1942-08-31) 31 August 1942 (age 78)
Abiko, Chiba
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
Nationality Japan
Career
CollegeNone
Turned professional1964
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)Japan Golf Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins80
Highest ranking8 (7 June 1987)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour1
Japan Golf Tour51 (2nd all-time)
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions9
Other17
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT16: 1985
PGA ChampionshipT4: 1981
U.S. Open2nd: 1980
The Open ChampionshipT7: 1978, 1979, 1988
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2004 (member page)
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

Aoki was born in Abiko, Chiba, Japan. He was introduced to golf while caddying at the Abiko Golf Club as a schoolboy. He turned professional in 1964. He went on to win more than fifty events on the Japan Golf Tour between 1972 and 1990, trailing only Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki on the list of golfers with most Japan Golf Tour wins. He won the Japan Golf Tour money list five times in six years: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1981. His career earnings are 980 million yen.[2]

In 1983, Aoki won the Hawaiian Open on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, the first Japanese player to do so, and the Panasonic European Open on the European Tour. He also won the prestigious World Match Play Championship in England in 1978, which was not a European Tour event at that time, and picked up a win on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Aoki is also one of the nine players in the history of the Open Championship to shoot a round of just 63 shots (which he achieved in the third round of the 1980 event). Despite this being the joint-best round in the history of the tournament at the time, Aoki would only finish tied for 12th that year.

Aoki played 165 times on the PGA Tour between 1974 and 1999, primarily from 1981 to 1990. His best finish in a major championship was a second-place finish to Jack Nicklaus (by two strokes) in the 1980 U.S. Open. That finish, combined with his recent record in Japan and around the globe, meant that Aoki would finish 1980 ranked third in the unofficial McCormack's World Golf Rankings, a position he would hold at the end of 1981. After the Official World Golf Rankings debuted in 1986, he was ranked in the top-10 for several weeks in 1987.[3]

In December 1984 after receiving an invitation from Gary Player, Aoki traveled to South Africa to participate in the Million Dollar Challenge. Aoki did this in spite of the efforts of the Japanese government to dissuade him from making the trip.[4]

As a senior, Aoki has played primarily in the United States on the Champions Tour, winning nine times between 1992 and 2003. He has eight senior victories outside the United States, including five victories in the Japan Senior Open where he shot his age, 65, during his most recent triumph in 2007.[5]

Professional wins (80)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 13 Feb 1983 Hawaiian Open −20 (66-70-65-67=268) 1 stroke   Jack Renner

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 4 Sep 1983 Panasonic European Open −6 (65-70-70-69=274) 2 strokes   Seve Ballesteros,   Nick Faldo,
  Carl Mason

Japan Golf Tour wins (51)Edit

Legend
Japan Opens (2)
Other Japan Golf Tour (49)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 29 Apr 1973 Chunichi Crowns −10 (66-67-68-69=270) 1 stroke   Lu Liang-Huan
2 20 May 1973 Pepsi-Wilson Tournament −7 (67-65-72-77=281) Playoff   Kosaku Shimada
3 17 Jun 1973 Sapporo Tokyu Open −7 (69-71-67-74=281)
4 26 Aug 1973 KBC Augusta −22 (64-67-68-67=266) 13 strokes
5 21 Oct 1973 Japan PGA Championship −13 (64-70-68-73=275) 8 strokes   Haruo Yasuda
6 17 Feb 1974 JPGA East-West Match −5 (139)
7 14 Jul 1974 Kanto Open −17 (65-65-71-70=271) 12 strokes   Takaaki Kona
8 4 Aug 1974 Kanto Pro Championship −21 (67-66-68-66=267) 6 strokes   Hideyo Sugimoto
9 15 Sep 1974 Sanpo Classic −12 (69-65-68-74=276) 3 strokes   Kuo Chie-Hsiung,   Masashi Ozaki
10 29 Apr 1975 Chunichi Crowns (2) −6 (68-68-68-68=272) 1 stroke   Teruo Sugihara
11 13 Jul 1975 Kanto Open (2) −8 (72-72-69-67=280) 1 stroke   Fujio Kobayashi
12 17 Oct 1976 Tokai Classic −5 (74-74-68-67=283) Playoff   Teruo Sugihara,   Shigeru Uchida
13 12 Jun 1977 Tohoku Classic −10 (71-67-72-68=278) 1 stroke   Lu Liang-Huan
14 13 Nov 1977 ABC Japan vs USA Golf Matches −8 (67-69-71-73=280) 2 strokes   Tom Weiskopf
15 30 Apr 1978 Chunichi Crowns (3) −10 (63-67-69-70=270) 5 strokes   Masashi Ozaki
16 28 May 1978 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship 2 & 1   Takahiro Takeyasu
17 18 Jun 1978 Sapporo Tokyu Open (2) −10 (70-69-67-72=278) 5 strokes   Hsieh Yung-yo
18 6 Aug 1978 Kanto Pro Championship (2) −14 (69-69-68-68=274) 1 stroke   Tsuneyuki Nakajima
19 12 Nov 1978 ABC Japan vs USA Golf Matches (2) −15 (71-68-64-70=273) 5 strokes   Kosaku Shimada
20 3 Dec 1978 Golf Nippon Series −8 (69-69-73-71=282) 1 stroke   Haruo Yasuda
21 29 Apr 1979 Chunichi Crowns (4) −1 (67-73-69-70=279) 1 stroke   Tōru Nakamura,   Haruo Yasuda
22 20 May 1979 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship (2) 1 up   Hsieh Min-Nan
23 1 Jul 1979 Kanto Pro Championship (3) −9 (68-66-72-73=279) 5 strokes
24 2 Dec 1979 Golf Nippon Series (3) −14 (68-71-66-71=276) 13 strokes   Kikuo Arai,   Tōru Nakamura
25 4 May 1980 Chunichi Crowns (5) E (69-68-71-72=280) 2 strokes   Graham Marsh
26 25 May 1980 Yomiuri Open −9 (70-72-71-70=283)
27 31 Aug 1980 KBC Augusta (2) −7 (68-69=137)*
28 28 Sep 1980 Kanto Open (3) +2 (71-71-75-73=290)
29 30 Nov 1980 Jun Classic −11 (68-67-70-72=277) 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
30 22 Mar 1981 Shizuoka Open −9 (74-69-64-72=279) Playoff   Akira Yabe
31 17 May 1981 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship (3) 38 holes   Katsuji Hasegawa
32 2 Aug 1981 Japan PGA Championship (2) −11 (72-67-70-68=277) 4 strokes   Tōru Nakamura
33 16 May 1982 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship (4) 4 & 2   Yutaka Hagawa
34 12 Jun 1983 Sapporo Tokyu Open (3) −14 (72-65-71-66=274) 7 strokes   Terry Gale
35 3 Jul 1983 Kanto Pro Championship (4) −10 (69-68-70-35=242)* 1 stroke   Naomichi Ozaki
36 2 Oct 1983 Japan Open Golf Championship −7 (72-69-71-69=281) Playoff   Terry Gale
37 4 Dec 1983 Golf Nippon Series (3) −7 (70-71-66-74=281) 1 stroke   Masahiro Kuramoto
38 15 Jun 1986 Sapporo Tokyu Open (4) −15 (65-67-72-69=273) 3 strokes   Shinsaku Maeda
39 27 Jul 1986 Sapporo Tokyu Open (3) −16 (66-68-69-69=272) 4 strokes   Masashi Ozaki
40 31 Aug 1986 KBC Augusta (3) −6 (74-72-69-67=282) 1 stroke   Masahiro Kuramoto,   Masashi Ozaki
41 31 Aug 1986 KBC Augusta (4) −13 (72-69-70-68=279) 1 stroke   Masashi Ozaki
42 26 Apr 1987 Dunlop International Open −11 (69-67-69-72=277) 1 stroke   Tsuneyuki Nakajima,   Yoshitaka Yamamoto
43 20 Sep 1987 ANA Open −6 (72-70-68-72=282) 1 stroke   Tsukasa Watanabe
44 11 Oct 1987 Japan Open Golf Championship (2) −9 (70-68-71-70=279) 1 stroke   Tsuneyuki Nakajima,   Nobuo Serizawa
45 6 Dec 1987 Golf Nippon Series (4) −7 (67-71=138)* Shared title with   David Ishii
46 1 Oct 1989 Tokai Classic (2) −13 (67-69-71-68=275) 5 strokes   Pete Izumikawa
47 26 Nov 1989 Casio World Open −14 (70-70-65-69=274) 1 stroke   Larry Mize
48 27 May 1990 Mitsubishi Galant Tournament +1 (70-76-71-72=289) 3 strokes   Masashi Ozaki,   Teruo Sugihara,
  Tsuyoshi Yoneyama
49 27 Oct 1991 Bridgestone Open −10 (71-63=134)* 1 stroke   Tsuyoshi Yoneyama
50 31 May 1992 Mitsubishi Galant Tournament (2) −11 (69-66-71-71=277) 4 strokes   Chen Tze-chung,   Saburo Fujiki
51 29 Nov 1992 Casio World Open (2) −11 (76-66-64-71=277) 4 strokes   Chen Tze-ming

*Note: Tournament shortened to 36/63 holes due to weather.

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (4–9)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1973 Pepsi-Wilson Tournament   Kosaku Shimada Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
2 1973 World Friendship   Lu Liang-Huan,   Graham Marsh Lu won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1974 ANA Sapporo Open   Masashi Ozaki Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 1976 Tokai Classic   Teruo Sugihara,   Shigeru Uchida Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1979 Japan Open Golf Championship   Kuo Chie-Hsiung,   Koichi Uehara,
  Yoshitaka Yamamoto
Kuo won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Aoki and Uehara eliminated by birdie on first hole
6 1981 Shizuoka Open   Akira Yabe Won with par on third extra hole
7 1981 Golf Nippon Series   Yutaka Hagawa
8 1983 NST Niigata Open   Hideto Shigenobu,   Katsunari Takahashi
9 1983 Japan Open Golf Championship   Terry Gale Won with par on second extra hole
10 1984 Chunichi Crowns   Scott Simpson Lost to par on first extra hole
11 1986 Suntory Open   Graham Marsh Lost to par on first extra hole
12 1991 Fujisankei Classic   Saburo Fujiki,   Brian Jones,
  Hideki Kase
Fujiki won with birdie on second extra hole
13 1991 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament   Seve Ballesteros,   Jay Don Blake,
  Larry Nelson
Nelson won with par on fourth extra hole
Ballesteros eliminated by birdie on third hole
Blake eliminated by par on first hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 22 Jan 1989 Coca-Cola Classic −9 (69-73-66-71=279) 1 stroke   Rodger Davis,   Peter Fowler,
  Tsuneyuki Nakajima,   Peter O'Malley

Other wins (8)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (9)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 27 Sep 1992 Nationwide Championship −8 (70-66=136) 1 stroke   Raymond Floyd
2 18 Sep 1994 Bank One Senior Classic −14 (69-64-69=202) 3 strokes   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
3 25 Sep 1994 Brickyard Crossing Championship −11 (66-67=133) 1 stroke   Jimmy Powell,   Tom Wargo
4 27 Aug 1995 Bank of Boston Senior Classic −12 (69-66-69=204) 1 stroke   Bob Charles,   Hale Irwin
5 26 May 1996 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland −14 (64-68-70=202) 1 stroke   Graham Marsh,   Jay Sigel
6 30 Jun 1996 Kroger Senior Classic −15 (63-69-66=198) 1 stroke   Mike Hill,   Rocky Thompson
7 28 Sep 1997 Emerald Coast Classic −14 (71-60-65=196) Playoff   Gil Morgan
8 14 Jun 1998 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland (2) −18 (62-66-70=198) 2 strokes   Larry Nelson
9 19 May 2002 The Instinet Classic −15 (69-67-65=201) 4 strokes   John Jacobs

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1994 The Transamerica   Kermit Zarley Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1995 The Tradition   Jack Nicklaus Lost to birdie on third extra hole
3 1997 Emerald Coast Classic   Gil Morgan Won with par on second extra hole
4 1998 Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic   Leonard Thompson Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 2000 State Farm Senior Classic   Leonard Thompson Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Japan Senior PGA Tour wins (9)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T28 CUT T34 CUT T45 CUT 19 T25 T16 CUT CUT T25
U.S. Open T36 2 T11 T30 T16 T14 T50 T33 T33
The Open Championship CUT T7 T7 T12 T11 T20 T47 T7 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T4 T49 CUT CUT T36 CUT T38 T17 T40
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1977 Open Championship)
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 4 14 7
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 1 4 9 9
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 3 6 9 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 2 10 6
Totals 0 1 0 2 5 16 42 29
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1988 Masters – 1990 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
The Players Championship CUT T43 T15 T7 CUT T24 T60 CUT CUT
  Top 10

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

Results in senior majorsEdit

Results are not in chronological order before 2012.

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Senior PGA Championship 3 T5 T5 2 T20 T44 T15 T62 T20 CUT
The Tradition 6 T9 2 T12 2 T13 T28 DNP T47 T35
Senior Players Championship T5 T3 6 T30 T2 3 T14 T18 T17 21
U.S. Senior Open T20 10 T3 11 T49 T4 CUT T47 T2 T18
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Senior PGA Championship CUT T27 T62 T28 CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Tradition T20 T53 T32 T67 T71 DNP T57 64 DNP DNP
Senior Players Championship T12 T28 T18 52 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Senior Open T30 DNP DNP T45 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Senior British Open Championship T14 T22 T36 T60 CUT 50 CUT DQ CUT CUT

Note: The Senior British Open Championship did not become a major until 2003.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearancesEdit

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 23 1987 Ending 7 Jun 1987" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ "All-time money list on the Japan Tour". Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  3. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  4. ^ Aoki to play in South Africa
  5. ^ Fisher Putters Announces Isao Aoki Win at the "2007 Japan Senior Open Championship" using a Fisher F9 Putter

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