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Isao Aoki

  • Birthplace: Abiko, Chiba, Japan
  • Residence: Tokyo, Japan
  • Birth Date: August 31, 1942
  • height: 6-0
  • Turned Pro: 1964

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PGA TOUR Victories

(1) 1983,Hawaiian Open.

International Victories

(7): 1994 Japan Senior Open. 1995 American Express Grandslam, Japan Senior Open. 1996 Japan Senior Open. 1997 Japan Senior Open. 2000 Northern Cup Senior Open. 2007 Japan Senior Open.

Other Victories

(58): 1971 Kanto PGA. 1972 Kanto PGA. 1973 Coldbeck, Chunichi Crowns, Pepsi Wilson, Sapporo Tokyu Open, KBC Augusta, Japan Pro. 1974 Kanto Pro, Nichie Taiko, Kanto Open, Sanpo Class, Tozai Taiko. 1975 Kanto Open, Chunichi Crowns. 1976 Tokai Classic. 1977 Tohoku Classic, Nichibei Taiko, Jun Classic. 1978 Chunichi Crowns, Japan Pro Match Play, Sapporo Tokyu Open, Kanto Pro, Nichibei Taiko, Japan Series, Colgate World Match Play. 1979 Chunichi Crowns, Japan Pro Match Play, Kanto Pro, Japan Series. 1980 Chunichi Crowns, Yomiuri Open, KBC Augusta, Kanto Open, Jun Classic. 1981 Japan Pro, Japan Pro Match Play, Shizuoka Open. 1982 Japan Pro Match Play. 1983 Kanto Pro, Sapporo Tokyu Open, Japan Open, Japan Series, Panasonic European Open. 1984 Sapporo Tokyu Open, Japan Open, KBC Augusta, Kanto Open. 1987 Dunlop Kokusai, ANA Open, Japan Open, Japan Series. 1989 Tokai Classic, Casio World Open. 1990 Mitsubishi Galant. 1991 Bridgestone Open. 1992 Mitsubishi Galant, Casio World Open.

2009 Champions Tour Money and Position

$2,208 (118)

Champions Tour Best Round

70 at Round 2, Toshiba Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Hawaiian Open.

2008 Season Highlights

Teamed with Joe Ozaki to finish T23 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Best individual effort in just 12 official appearances was a T54 at The Principal Charity Classic in Iowa...In defense of his Japan Senior Open title late in the year, finished T12.

Career Highlights

2007: Captured his fifth Japan Senior Open title. Started the final round six shots back of Kiyoshi Murota but fired a 7-under 65 at Kumamoto Chuo CC to edge Murota by a stroke. 2006: Turned in a solo third-place effort at the Turtle Bay Championship, three strokes back of Loren Roberts after being in contention down the stretch. Effort was his first top-three finish in a Champions Tour event since finishing as runner-up at the rain-shortened 2002 Royal Caribbean Classic. Second-round 66 was his best single-round performance since posting the same score in the first round of the 2005 Ford Senior Players. 2005: Was the first-round leader at the SBC Classic, thanks to a 3-under 69, the only player in the field to break 70 on Friday. Eventually T14 at Valencia CC. 2004: Highlight of his year was selection for the World Golf Hall of Fame from the International ballot early in the year and inducted along with Tom Kite, Charlie Sifford and Marlene Streit in ceremonies in November...Lone top-10 finish was a T6 at the FedEx Kinko's Classic near Austin. Trailed by just one stroke through 36 holes, but even-par 72 on Sunday left him three strokes back. 2003: T6 at the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic, his fifth top-10 finish at Crandon Park...Carded a bogey-free 64 in the third round of the JELD-WEN Tradition, his best score since posting the same number in the second round of the 2002 Royal Caribbean Classic...Won the Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions Championship in Sonoma, CA, by six-strokes over Raymond Floyd and Tom Wargo. 2002: Was a four-stroke winner over John Jacobs at The Instinet Classic. Had 13 birdies and one bogey on the weekend on his way to victory. Made up two strokes the final day to earn a career-best check for $225,000 while posting his ninth career win on the Champions Tour...Made a run at victory in the rain-shortened Royal Caribbean Classic before eventually finishing second for the third time at Crandon Park. A 10-under total for 36 holes tied him with Tom Watson and Bruce Fleisher, one stroke behind winner John Jacobs. 2001: Started the year with a runner-up finish at the Royal Caribbean Classic, one point short of Larry Nelson in the Modified Stableford event. Four-putted the first hole on Sunday, including a whiff for a double-bogey, that cost him either an outright victory or a spot in a playoff...Was the 36- and 54-hole leader at the U.S. Senior Open and eventually T2 along with Jim Colbert, one stroke back of Bruce Fleisher...Made his 1,000th professional start at the Ford Senior Players Championship. 2000: Started the final round of the State Farm Senior Classic four shots behind Leonard Thompson, but forced a playoff with a final-round 65 that included birdies on three of the last four holes. Eventually lost to Thompson for the second time in his Champions Tour career on the second hole of overtime. 1999: Injured his right shoulder early in the campaign and subsequently developed back problems that curtailed his season after the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship at the end of August...Best finish was a runner-up performance to Bruce Fleisher at the Royal Caribbean Classic. 1998: One of four players to go wire-to-wire, winning the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland with an 18-under-par 198 total, a tournament record at the time...Lost in a playoff to Leonard Thompson at the Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic and T2 at the Utah Showdown. 1997: Had best year of his career with over $1.4 million in official money...Lone victory came at the Emerald Coast Classic. Fashioned a Champions Tour-record 60 (10-under-par) in the second round, and then, after a birdie on the final hole in regulation to tie Gil Morgan, came back with another birdie on the first playoff hole to claim the title. His 65 on Sunday, coupled with his record 60, helped him establish a then-Champions Tour mark for best consecutive rounds (60-65-125), breaking the record of 126 by Jim Colbert (62-64/1994) and Bob Murphy (63-63/1995)...Second five times, with two of those coming in majors-The Tradition and PGA Seniors' Championship. 1996: Defeated Jay Sigel and Graham Marsh by a stroke for the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland title...One month later, claimed the Kroger Senior Classic by five strokes over Rocky Thompson and Mike Hill. Named the Champions Tour Player of the Month for both May and June. 1995: Collected over $1 million for first time in his career, helped by a win at the Bank of Boston Senior Classic, where he birdied the final hole to nip Bob Charles and Hale Irwin...Was second four times, including playoff loss to Jack Nicklaus at The Tradition. 1994: Caught fire in the fall, winning back-to-back events at the Bank One Classic and the rain-shortened Brickyard Crossing Championship...Almost earned a third win at The Transamerica, but lost on the first extra hole to Kermit Zarley...Played his final 10 holes at Silverado in 10-under-par (8 birdies, 1 eagle, 1 par) and carded an 8-under-par 29 on the back nine en route to a 63 that forced the playoff...Player of the Month for September. 1993: T2 at the GTE West Classic. 1992: Had impressive rookie year with six top-10 finishes in seven starts highlighted by victory at the Nationwide Championship. Shot a 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead and was declared the winner when the final round was canceled by rain. Victory made him the first Japanese player to win on both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour...Made Champions Tour debut at the First of America Classic (T13).

Personal

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.

Champions Tour Playoff Record

1-4

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