A powerful hitter off the tee and is nicknamed "Kong"...Close friend of Jumbo Ozaki, who helped him develop his game as a youth...Shigeo Nagashima, a Japanese baseball legend who played and managed the Tokyo Giants, is his hero...Played competitive baseball until his freshman year in college and then turned to golf...Favorite course is Augusta National and favorite athlete is Michael Jordan . . Played on the Japan PGA Tour between 1980 and 2003, with best season 1993 when he won Token Corporation Cup, Dunlop Open and Lark Cup and leaped into first on the money list with ?148,718,200. He was invited in 1994, to compete in the Major Tournaments worldwide. . .In 1987, he finished top-3 on the money list with ?49,854,133. He has competed between 1984 and 2004, except for in 1994 on Japan PGA Tour and this year became a member of the Japan Champions Tour. His career earnings are ?804,039,337, which places him eighth on the All-Time Money List on Japan Tour.
Japan PGA Tour
12 - 1985 KBC Augusta, 1986 Pocari Sweat Open, 1987 Hiroshima Open, 1989 Yomiuri Sapporo Beer Open, 1991 Masaki Hirao Pro-am, 1993 Asahi Beer Cup, Token Corporation Cup, Dunlop Open, Lark Cup, 1996 Sapporo Tokyo Open, Suntory Open, 1998 Token Corporation Cup, 1999 Gene Sarazen Jun Classic
2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 14; top 10 finishes - 1; stroke average 71.93 (ranked 46th); money $150,863 (ranked 74th); Best finish, T-9th FedEx Kinko's Classic. Earned fully exempt status for 2005 after finishing T4 at the 2004 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the King and Bear at World Golf Village.