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Golf Australia Express : Issue 7
THE LIST THE BASHFUL Prince might be quietly spoken with a shy demeanour, but watch him play and you’ll soon realise there’s nothing reserved about the 19-year- old’s game—or dress sense. Americans first took note of the flashy Japanese star at the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach. But for those who follow golf around the world, Ishikawa’s been on the radar for years. At 15 he became the youngest winner of a men’s Japan Golf Tour event, winning the 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup. At 15! It was his first tour appearance and yes, he was ‘still’ an amateur. Ishikawa turned pro in 2008 and won again, this time the the mynavi ABC Championship. By the close of the season he’d become the youngest player to break into the world Top 100, and then the youngest inside the Top 50 in 2009—a year that saw him win four times in Japan. He led the the tour’s money list with ¥183 million that season, but it’s another staggering figure that showed the world what this rare talent was capable of. Shooting a final round 58—12-under par—at the 2010 Crowns event, Ishikawa recorded the lowest single round score ever recorded on a major golf tour. Frightening to think he might only be a couple of years off shooting his age. RISING SON Ryo Ishikawa (born 1991)