Don't forget Ryo
Monday, August 3, 2009
Lost in the shuffle of a Tiger Woods victory-LPGA/Champions Tour majors weekend was yet another victory by Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa.
The 17-year-old Ishikawa fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Japan Tour’s Sun Chlorella Classic by one stroke ahead of Australian Brendan Jones.
Jones, No. 75 in the World Rankings last week, missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th before Ishikawa made a 10-footer to secure the win.
The “Bashful Prince” moved to the top of the Japan Tour’s 2009 order of merit. Let’s not confuse the level of competition in Japan with the PGA Tour, but Ishikawa is learning to win. This already is his fourth title. Only 90 more to catch Jumbo Ozaki!
Ishikawa, now ranked No. 57 in the world, has struggled in his PGA Tour starts and missed the cut at the Masters and British Open. Next up: a last shot at glory at the PGA Championship.