Callaway adds Ishikawa to its tour staff
Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa has signed a multi-year contract with Callaway Golf, it was announced Thursday at a ceremony at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo.
After the ceremony, the 21-year-old Ishikawa boarded a plane for the United States, where he will commence his 2013 PGA Tour campaign at the Humana Challenge, starting Jan. 17 in La Quinta, Calif.
Ishikawa, a media sensation in Japan, is a dominant figure internationally. He won his first professional event at 15 and has amassed 12 tournament titles, none in the United States.
"Ryo has long played Odyssey putters, but he's excited about having a full bag of Callaway gear now,” said Nick Raffaele, Callaway vice president of global sports marketing. “Callaway is equally excited about Ryo's youth, energy and the dynamic presence he brings to Callaway's team of golfers.”
Ishikawa was with Yonex before switching to Callaway.
"I am very happy to join the Callaway team," Ishikawa said. "I believe the wonderful innovation and support Callaway gives to its many great staff players will help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year.”
Ishikawa's best finish on the PGA Tour was second in last year's Puerto Rico Open.