Current Password Enter your current password. Manage Profile Continue to SI. Every January the gundan moves to tropical Okinawa or Kyushu for Jumbo’s spring camp, a sort of Grapefruit League for golfers. You currently have no favorite teams. He waves his cigarette, making smoke trails. Hard facts are few. He played occasionally on the PGA Tour from to , in 96 tournaments, though never more than seven in one year.

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The men’s tour begins with the Shizuoka Open in central Japan on March Jumbo emerged about 30 years ago while Ozaki was teaching himself the game, and burst full-blown on the scene when he gave up baseball for tournament golf at age Jumbo lights another cigarette and frowns. Email Address Enter valid email address Password. You go to the garden pool one last time to study the swarming koi. It is commonplace, insiders say, for Ozaki’s wife to cook dinner for 30 between business calls.

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Ozaki and the jjumbo men can’t win abroad, she says, because they are victims of the “doting mother syndrome” iumbo in Japan. Last year in the Crowns tournament at Nagoya Country Club, Norman claimed he again saw Ozaki use his driver to improve a bad lie before switching to another club for the shot.

Here are the clubs he used to win his th tournament, and here is a document, on rice parchment, executed in precise, elegant calligraphy, lovely enough to frame.


Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. There Jumbo leads calisthenics and prepares his charges–such as the effervescent Shigeki Maruyama, who rode the leader board for much of last year’s PGA Championship–for the rigors of international golf. His scores make his case.

What golfers need to know. Have they actually seen him play?

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Two of the six titles he won last year included the Nikkei Cup and the Maruman Open in which he negotiated narrow courses that normally trouble the long-ball hitter.

The interview takes place in November during a pro-am party at the Taiheyo Club in Jimbo. Current Password Enter your current password. After starting the season in disgrace, Jumbo did more than mend his tarnished image, and was rewarded in December with an invitation to the Masters.

Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Predictions for the major championships. Admittedly, Ozaki has never pursued those trophies with the intensity of, say, a Jack Nicklaus or a Nick Faldo. Greg Norman, for one, thinks Japanese officials need to crack down on Ozaki.


International Presidents Cup team — Buy Direct from Japan ‘s of cool Japanese products, shipped direct from Japan. Ozaki, followed by a couple of kobun, enters the clubhouse in his playing outfit–shimmering velour pants and a sweater with colorful geometric shapes–and selects a private room on the second floor.

His real name is Masashi Ozaki, and he’s the eldest of three brothers from Tokushima prefecture, in southwestern Japan, who play pro golf. Remove or add writers to and from your list of favorites My Favorite Writers. A star high school baseball player in a country that reveres the game, Ozaki was first a professional baseball player.

What matters is the record, and the record shows that Jumbo Ozaki has never won a major championship.

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There he sinks into an armchair and lights a cigarette. He is the rising sun on the white flag. Jumbo winced, smiled, leaned back in his chair.

You have to win like a young player.

To behave, in other words, in a distinctly un-Japanese manner.