MELBOURNE, Australia – The International Team began its first practice round in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club down a man as Ryo Ishikawa was delayed coming out of Japan and won’t get to Melbourne until Tuesday.
Ishikawa, 20, played in the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters last week on the Japan Golf Tour, finishing eighth in an event rain-shortened to 54 holes.
“You’ve got to expect the unexpected,” International Team captain Greg Norman said.
Two other Presidents Cup members, Charl Schwartzel and K.T. Kim, also played in the same event last week, but were on the golf course Tuesday morning for their practice rounds.
Ishikawa is playing in his second Presidents Cup, having made the International team two years ago in San Francisco.
“The great part about Ryo is, he’s young,” Norman said. ”He can survive the jet lag and survive an overnight flight and get in here. He’s a good-enough player, he’ll have enough information coming his way tomorrow about the golf course. So I’m not concerned about it. Obviously we would like to have as a team unit everybody together and being engaged from today onwards, but, hey, it is what it is, and you just adapt to it.”
Without Ishikawa, the groupings for the International practice rounds Tuesday were Geoff Ogilvy, Y.E. Yang and Retief Goosen in the first group; Ernie Els, Schwartzel, Robert Allenby and Adam Scott in the second group; and Jason Day, Kim, Aaron Baddeley and K.J. Choi in the last group.