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Isao Aoki

  • Birthplace: Abiko, Chiba, Japan
  • Residence: Tokyo, Japan
  • Birthdate: August 31, 1942
  • Age: 64
  • Turned Pro: 1964
  • Eligibility Code: 17,18

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Player Notes

Was introduced to golf as a caddie at the Abiko GC while attending Abiko Junior High School.�.�.�Earned the nickname 'Tower' after the Tokyo Tower, because of his height (6 feet).�.�.�Uses an unorthodox putting stroke, but considers that to be the strongest part of his game. . .Elected on the International ballot in 2004, and became the second Japanese member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Capturing 73 career victories, including 56 on his home circuit in Japan, Aoki is the only Japanese player to have won on six different tours: PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia. Aoki was Japan's leading money winner five times and his 1983 Hawaiian Open victory - secured when holed a 128-yard wedge shot for eagle-3 on the final hole - was the first PGA Tour win by a Japanese player. Aoki finished second at the 1980 U.S. Open and is a four- time winner of the Japan Senior Open: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997. He is the winner of nine Champions Tour titles. Made just 12 appearances last year and managed to finish among the top 20 twice, but did not register a Top-10 performance for the first time since joining the circuit in 1992. Last year, Aoki made his first appearance in the Japan PGA Senior Championship and Kinojyo Senior Open and draw enthusiastic fans across various generations on his home ground. Aoki is the only player from Japan to win on all four Tours, U.S., European, Australian and Japanese and is the only Japanese player to win on both the PGA and Champions Tours.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
9 - 1992 Nationwide Championship, 1994 Bank One Senior Classic & Brickyard Crossing Championship, 1995 Bank of Boston Senior Classic, 1996 BellSouth Senior, Kroger Senior Classic, 1997 Emerald Coast Classic, 1998 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland, 2002 The Instinet Classic.

Japan PGA Tour
1971 & '72 Kanto Pro, 1973 Chuncihi Crowns, Pepsi Wilson, Sapporo Tokyu Open, KBC Augusta, Japan PGA Championship, 1974 Tozai Taiko, Kanto Pro, Sanpo Classic, 1975 Chunichi Crowns, Kanto Open, 1976 Tokai Classic, 1977 Tohoku Classic, Jun Classic, 1978 Chunichi Crowns, Japan Pro Match Play, Sapporo Tokyu, Kanto Pro, Golf Nippon Series, 1979 Chunichi Crowns, Japan Pro Match Play, Kanto Open, Golf Nippon Series, 1980 Chunichi Crowns, Yomiuri Open, KBC Augusta, Kanto Open, Jun Classic, 1981 Shizuoka Open, Japan Pro Match Play, Japan PGA Championship, 1982 Japan Pro Match Play, Daikyo Open, 1983 Sapporo Tokyu Open, Kanto Pro, Japan Open, Golf Nippon Series, 1986 Sapporo Tokyu Open, Japan PGA Championship, KBC Augusta, Kanto Open, 1987 Dunlop International Open, All Nippon Airline Open, Japan Open, Golf Nippon Series, 1989 Tokai Classic, Casio World, 1990 Mitsubishi Gallant, 1991 Bridgestone Open, 1992 Mitsubishi Gallant, 1992 Casio World

Japan Senior PGA Tour
1994 Japan Senior Open, 1995 American Express Grand Slam, Japan Senior Open, 1996 Japan Senior Open, 2000 N. Cup Senior Open, 2002 N. Cup Senior Open

PGA Tour
1 - 1993 Hawaiian Open

Other
around the world: 1973 Gold Beck, winning team in 1974 Japan vs. England match, winning team in the 1977 ABC Japan vs. USA Match, winning team in the 1978 ABC Japan vs. USA Match, World Match Play Championship (England), 1982 Old Sones Invitational, 1983 European Open (European), winning team in the 1984 Japan vs. England Match, 1987 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Payne Stewart), 1989 Coca Cola Golf Classic (Australia),

Career Summary

1992 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 68.32; money - $324,650 (ranked 26th), won Nationwide Championship.

1993 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; Top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average - 70.21 (ranked 7th); money - $557,667 (ranked 15th); best finish, T-2nd GTE West Classic.

1994 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 70.03 (ranked 7th); money - $632,975 (ranked 13th); Winner, Bank One Senior Classic and Brickyard Crossing Championship.

1995 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; Top-10 finishes - 17; scoring average - 69.67 (ranked 2nd); money - $1,041,766 (ranked 5th); winner, Bank of Boston Senior Classic.

1996 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Top-10 finishes - ;16 scoring average - 70.04 (ranked 2nd); money - $1,162,581 (ranked 4th); winner, BellSouth Senior and Kroger Senior Classic.

1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 70.54 (ranked 6th); money - $1,042,200 (ranked 9th); Winner, at BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.77 (ranked 50th); money - $334,523 (ranked 49th); best finish, 2nd, Royal Caribbean Classic.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.40 (ranked 39th); money - $374,353 (ranked 51st); best finish -2nd, State Farm Senior Classic.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.64 (ranked 38th); money - $676,735 (ranked 31st); best finish -2nd, Royal Caribbean Classic and U.S. Senior Open.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.02 (ranked 24th); money - $653,836 (ranked 31st); best finish, Winner Instinet Classic.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered -18; top 10 finishes -3; scoring average - 71.07 (ranked 34th); money - $449,231 (ranked 42nd); best finish - T-6th Royal Caribbean Classic.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 21; top 10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.33 (ranked 54th); money - $265,036 (ranked 56th); best finish - T-6th FedEx Kinko's Classic.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 12; top 10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.98 (ranked 69th); money - $119,121 (ranked 77th); best finish - T-14th SBC Classic.

2006 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 13; top 10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.43 (ranked 63rd); money - $191,895 (ranked 68th); best finish - 3rd Turtle Bay Championship.

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