Ryo Ishikawa

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Ryo Ishikawa
石川 遼
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameRyo Ishikawa
NicknameHanikami Ōji
Born(1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 22)
Matsubushi, Saitama, Japan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Nationality Japan
ResidenceMatsubushi, Saitama, Japan
Career
Turned professional2008
Current tour(s)Japan Golf Tour (joined 2008)
PGA Tour (joined 2012)
Professional wins11
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour10
Other1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT20: 2011
U.S. OpenT30: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT27: 2010
PGA ChampionshipT29: 2013
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
2009
 
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Ryo Ishikawa
石川 遼
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameRyo Ishikawa
NicknameHanikami Ōji
Born(1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 22)
Matsubushi, Saitama, Japan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Nationality Japan
ResidenceMatsubushi, Saitama, Japan
Career
Turned professional2008
Current tour(s)Japan Golf Tour (joined 2008)
PGA Tour (joined 2012)
Professional wins11
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour10
Other1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT20: 2011
U.S. OpenT30: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT27: 2010
PGA ChampionshipT29: 2013
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
2009

Ryo Ishikawa (石川 遼 Ishikawa Ryō?, born 17 September 1991), also known by the nickname "Hanikami Ōji" (literally, "Bashful Prince"), is a Japanese professional golfer.

Amateur career[edit]

On 20 May 2007, Ishikawa became the youngest winner ever of a men's regular tournament on the Japan Golf Tour by winning[1] the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup at the age 15 years and 8 months.[2] He competed as an amateur and it was Ishikawa's first tour appearance. He finished one shot ahead of Japan's 9th top ranked player at the time, Katsumasa Miyamoto. The highest ranked player on the Official World Golf Ranking who took part in the event was Toru Taniguchi who finished T13, 6 shots shy of Ishikawa. Taniguchi ranked number 86 in the world after the event.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Ishikawa turned professional in 2008[4] and won another Japan Golf Tour tournament, the mynavi ABC Championship. By the close of 2008 he had become the youngest ever player to reach the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Ishikawa played in PGA Tour tournaments for the first time in 2009. He was cut from the Northern Trust Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the 2009 Masters Tournament. He finished 71st at the Transitions Championship.

On 28 June 2009, Ishikawa won the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic on the Japan Golf Tour to qualify for the 2009 Open Championship, the first major event he has qualified for without receiving a special exemption.

With four wins on the Japan Golf Tour in 2009, in September, Ishikawa became the youngest golfer ever to reach the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.[5]

Ishikawa dominated the Japan Golf Tour for much of the 2009 season and has been the top-ranked Japanese player in the World Rankings. On 18 October, he tied for second at the Japan Open, losing to Ryuichi Oda on the second hole of a playoff. He finished the season as the money list leader on the Japan Golf Tour with ¥ 183.52 million.[6]

At the Japan GTO awards, held in December 2009, Ishikawa earned 9 titles. In addition to top money earner, he was named MVP, best scoring average (69.93), best putting average (1.724), highest birdie haul (4.42), etc.[6]

On 2 May 2010, in the final round of The Crowns, he shot a 12-under-par 58 to win the tournament by five strokes. The 58 was the lowest score ever carded in a Japan Golf Tour event, eclipsing a 59 achieved in the first round of 2003 Acom International by Masahiro Kuramoto, and lowest ever on any major golf tour. [7] His round consisted of 12 birdies and six pars.[7] However, because the course was a par-70 (versus the par-72 courses where some players shot 59), the record is not the lowest in relation to par.

Ishikawa caught the attention of American golf fans at the 2010 U.S. Open. Wearing a bright bubblegum pink outfit, he played under par on the first day and was tied for second after the second day before falling back over the weekend.[8]

On 30 March 2011 Ishikawa announced that he will be donating all of his 2011 tour earnings, plus an additional ¥ 100,000 for every birdie he makes during the year, to the Japan earthquake relief efforts. [9]

On 11 March 2012, the one-year anniversary of the Japan earthquake, Ishikawa finished runner-up to George McNeill in the Puerto Rico Open, his highest PGA Tour finish thus far. Just over a week later, Ishikawa became a member of the PGA Tour.[10] The second place finish earned Special Temporary Membership by exceeding $411,943, or 150th on the PGA Tour's 2011 money list. He played on the tour in 2013.[11] He made 13 cuts in 23 events, finishing 149th on the money list and missing the FedEx Cup playoffs (ranked 141st). He played the Web.com Tour Finals and finished 13th to retain his PGA Tour card for 2014.

Professional wins (10)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (10)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
123 May 2007Munsingwear Open KSB Cup (as an amateur)−12 (72-69-69-66=276)1 strokeJapan Katsumasa Miyamoto
22 Nov 2008mynavi ABC Championship−9 (70-70-70-69=279)1 strokeJapan Keiichiro Fukabori
328 Jun 2009Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic−13 (69-65-68-73=275)3 strokesNew Zealand David Smail
42 Aug 2009Sun Chlorella Classic−17 (65-68-71-67=271)1 strokeAustralia Brendan Jones
56 Sep 2009Fujisankei Classic−12 (69-65-68-70=272)5 strokesJapan Daisuke Maruyama
64 Oct 2009Coca-Cola Tokai Classic−14 (71-68-66-69=274)1 strokeJapan Takeshi Kajikawa
72 May 2010The Crowns−13 (68-70-71-58=267)5 strokesJapan Hiroyuki Fujita, Australia Paul Sheehan
85 Sep 2010Fujisankei Classic−9 (66-71-68-70=275)PlayoffJapan Shunsuke Sonoda
913 Nov 2010Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters−14 (70-72-65-67=274)2 strokesAustralia Brendan Jones
1011 Nov 2012Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters−15 (67-69-69-68=273)1 strokeJapan Michio Matsumura

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament20092010201120122013
Masters TournamentCUTCUTT20CUTT38
U.S. OpenDNPT33T30CUTDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTT27CUTCUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipT56CUTCUTT59T29

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000152
U.S. Open00000032
The Open Championship00000041
PGA Championship00000053
Totals000001178

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament20092010201120122013
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR16R64R32DNP
Cadillac ChampionshipDNPDNPT42DNPDNP
Bridgestone InvitationalDNPT53T4T50DNP
HSBC ChampionsT17T41DNPDNPT66

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Hakuhō Shō