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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.

Japan Golf Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Japan Golf Tour
DirectorIsao Aoki
Country Japan
Most titlesJapan Masashi Ozaki (94)

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. 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.

2019 scheduleEdit

Money list winnersEdit

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.

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

Multiple money list titlesEdit

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2018:

Titles Player Country
12 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki   Japan
5 Isao Aoki   Japan
5 Shingo Katayama   Japan
4 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima   Japan
2 Toshimitsu Izawa   Japan
2 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki   Japan
2 Toru Taniguchi   Japan
2 Kim Kyung-tae   South Korea

Career money leadersEdit

The table shows the top ten career money leaders on the Japan Golf Tour through the 2018 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.

Position Player Country Prize money (¥)
1 Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki   Japan 2,688,836,653
2 Shingo Katayama   Japan 2,189,250,648
3 Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima   Japan 1,664,953,541
4 Toru Taniguchi   Japan 1,650,701,997
5 Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki   Japan 1,545,346,913
6 Hiroyuki Fujita   Japan 1,482,351,575
7 Yuta Ikeda   Japan 1,153,878,861
8 Katsumasa Miyamoto   Japan 1,089,808,733
7 Hideto Tanihara   Japan 1,078,942,691
10 Brendan Jones   Australia 1,038,902,184

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


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