Japan's Ishikawa identifies his ideal match
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
TOKYO – "The Bashful Prince" has found a princess.
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's young heartthrob golf star, announced his engagement to his childhood sweetheart, according to Japanese media reports.
Ishikawa, 20, made the announcement at Tokyo's Narita airport after returning from last week's Masters, where he missed the cut.
"I'm now 20 years old, so I decided the time was right," Ishikawa said, according to Japanese media reports. "I got engaged last month, to a junior high school classmate."
Ishikawa's fiancee, who accompanied the golfer on his recent trip to the U.S., was not identified. Though Ishikawa is an immense attraction at home and Japanese media follow him across the globe, the press corps generally honors his management's efforts to protect the player's privacy.
Ishikawa burst onto the Japanese sports stage in 2007 when he won a Japan Golf Tour event at age 15 years and eight months, the youngest men's winner on a major tour. He turned professional in 2008.
His success has been limited in the U.S., with three top 10s in 34 PGA Tour starts, including a runner-up in this year's Puerto Rico Open.