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Ryo Ishikawa
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Personal information
Full name Ryo Ishikawa
Nickname Hanikami Ōji
Born 17 September 1991 (1991-09-17) (age 18)
Matsubushi, Saitama
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Nationality  Japan
Career
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour (joined 2008)
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour 6
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters CUT: 2009
U.S. Open DNP
Open Championship CUT: 2009
PGA Championship T56: 2009
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
2009

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

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]

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]

According to ESPN, in 2010 he will again attempt the Northern Trust Open.[1]

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Professional wins (7)

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Japan Golf Tour wins (6)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 23 May 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup (as an amateur) -12 (72-69-69-66=276) 1 stroke Japan Katsumasa Miyamoto
2 2 Nov 2008 mynavi ABC Championship -9 (70-70-70-69=279) 1 stroke Japan Keiichiro Fukabori
3 28 Jun 2009 Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic -13 (69-65-68-73=275) 3 strokes New Zealand David Smail
4 2 Aug 2009 Sun Chlorella Classic -17 (65-68-71-67=271) 1 stroke Australia Brendan Jones
5 6 Sep 2009 Fujisankei Classic -12 (69-65-68-70=272) 5 strokes Japan Daisuke Maruyama
6 4 Oct 2009 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic -14 (71-68-66-69=274) 1 stroke Japan Takeshi Kajikawa

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2009
The Masters CUT
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T56

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

Team appearances

References

External links

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

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