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Joe Ozaki

  • Birthplace: Tokushima, Japan
  • Residence: Tokyo, Japan
  • Birth Date: 05/18/1956
  • Age: 54
  • Height: 5-8
  • Eligibility Code: 8
  • Turned Pro: 1977

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Other Victories

(35): 1984 Shizuoka Open, Sapporo Tokyu Open, KBC Augusta. 1985 Nikkei Cup. 1986 Pepsi Ube. 1987 Tokai PGA Championship, Hirao Masaaki Charity. 1988 Sapporo Tokyu Open, NST Niigata Open, All Nippon Airways Open, Nippon Series. 1989 Taylor Made Setonaikai Open, Dai Ichi Realty Cup, Imperial. 1990 Japan PGA Match Play, Jun Classic, Nippon Series. 1991 Nikkei Cup, Suntory Open, Casio World, Nippon Series. 1992 Imperial, Suntory Open, Lark Cup. 1994 Acom International. 1996 Philip Morris. 1997 PGA Philanthropy, Yonex Open Hiroshima. 1999 Tsuruya Open, Japan PGA Championship, Japan Open. 2000 Japan Open. 2003 Bridgestone Open. 2005 Tsuruya Open, The Crowns.

2010 Champions Tour Money and Position

$46,727 (62)

Champions Tour Best Round

68 at Round 2, The ACE Group Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T2-- Buick Open.

2009 Season Highlights

Made only 16 starts on the Champions Tour but still managed to secure a spot among the top-50 money-winners for the fourth consecutive year...Best performance of the season came at the rain-shortened Regions Charity Classic. Fired rounds of 69-67 to finish third overall near Birmingham. It was his best finish in a Champions Tour event since a T2 at the 2007 Boeing Classic...Was also T15 at the Toshiba Classic in early March. Along with Joey Sindelar, carded a 7-under 63 Sunday, matching the low round of the tournament and tying his career-low round on the circuit...Also finished T22 in the Japan Senior Open.

Career Highlights

2008: Appeared on the verge of finishing among the top-30 money-winners for the second consecutive year before a T53 finish in the year's final full-field event, the AT&T Championship, allowed Bob Gilder to jump past him and claim the final spot and a berth in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship...Had just two top-10 finishes. Was T4 at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach, thanks to 77 total putts, the fewest number by any player in the field. Was T5 at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in July in upstate New York. Fired an opening-round, 9-under, 63 which included a 6-under on the back nine. That 63 was his career-low on the Champions Tour at the time. Followed that with consecutive rounds of 70 to finish four strokes behind Eduardo Romero...Led all players in Putts Per Round, at 28.32, the second consecutive year he had led that category. 2007: One of the surprises of the season on the Champions Tour, placing 19th on the final earnings list...Finished 45th the previous year on the money list and was not fully exempt when the season began...Nearly captured his first Champions Tour victory in August at the Boeing Classic. Birdied the final hole in regulation to join the record seven-man playoff near Seattle but was eliminated on the first extra hole when three players, including eventual winner Denis Watson, made birdies...Posted four straight top-10 finishes early in the year, including a pair of top-notch performances at the Toshiba Classic and AT&T Champions Classic during the circuit's California swing in March. After open qualifying, fired rounds of 68-64-68 to claim a T3 at Newport Beach. His 7-under 64 was his best round on the Champions Tour. The top-10 finish earned him a berth in the following event-AT&T Champions Classic-and he finished T4, earning a spot in The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach where he finished T10 and earned a spot in the FedEx Kinko's Classic...Made it four straight top-10 finishes when he opened with a 5-under 67 at the Austin-area event and eventually claimed a sixth-place finish...One of the top putters on Tour. Finished first in Putts Per Round (28.10) and was second to Loren Roberts in Putting (1.720). 2006: Finished 45th on the money list in his rookie season to earn a partial exemption in 2007...Posted three consecutive sub-70 rounds at the Greater Kansas City Golf Classic and 6-under 66 Sunday vaulted him into a T3...Was T5 late in the season at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn after shooting 66 on Sunday...Did not make his debut on the circuit until late May at the Senior PGA Championship and finished T31...Tied a Champions Tour record at the Ford Senior Players Championship when he reeled off eight straight birdies on the front nine (Nos. 2-9) in the second round. Record originally set by Chi Chi Rodriguez at the 1987 Silver Pages Classic and later matched by Jim Colbert at the 2000 TD Waterhouse Championship and Dana Quigley at the 2005 Bruno's Memorial Classic...His 8-under-par 28 on the front nine was a 2006 nine-hole best. 2005: Fully exempt in 2006 after he finished third at the 2005 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the PGA of Southern California GC...Was the medalist at the first stage held at MetroWest CC in Orlando, FL...Prepped for the Champions Tour by competing on the Japan Golf Tour where he was second on the money list with two victories.

Personal

Youngest of the three famous Ozaki brothers (Jumbo and Jet)...Jumbo got him started in the game of golf when he gave him his first lessons...His heroes are Jumbo and Jack Nicklaus...Favorite courses are Pebble Beach GL and Augusta National GC...One course he would like to play is Pinehurst No. 2...Favorite movie is "The Last Samurai" and his favorite TV show is "World News."...Favorite food is Japanese food...Carries a charm from a temple in Japan and a photo of his children for good luck.

Champions Tour Playoff Record

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