Ishikawa returns to Japan for Casio World Open

The Japan Tour plays the Casio World Open this week at the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club in Kochi in Fukushima, the fourth of the main islands of Japan.

The event has quite a history dating back to 1981 when Lee Trevino was victorious and although it has struggled at times in its history it now lays claim to offering the equal richest purse on the Japan Golf Tour.

Ryo Ishikawa is back from his trials and tribulations at the Presidents Cup and will start as the favourite on the basis of his world ranking and his superstardom in Japan. Ishikawa took a while to find his feet in Melbourne but when he did he again displayed what a great young player he is.

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Miyazato plans to aid Japan relief after Evian Masters win

Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters on Sunday and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan.

Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis of the United States, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.

The 26-year-old Miyazato will now donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.

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Japan’s Miyazato leads Evian Masters

Japan’s Ai Miyazato had a bogey-free third round of 67 here Saturday to take the lead and raise her hopes of repeating her 2009 victory in the Evian Masters.Japanese Ai Miyazato hits a drive during the Evian Masters Golf Tournament in Evian-les-Bains, French Alps. Miyazato had a bogey-free third round of 67 here Saturday to take the lead and raise her hopes of repeating her 2009 victory in the Evian Masters.

On a day that started dull and wet, the sun was shining by the time leaders set out and Miyazato took advantage of the ideal conditions with a glorious round of five birdies for a 13 under par total that pushed her two shots ahead of a packed field.

Four players shared second place – Americans Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford, South Koreas Hong Ran and the halfway leader, Japans Miki Saiki.Miyazato admits she struggled during the early part of the season in the wake of her countrys earthquake disaster.

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Ryo Ishikawa to donate all of 2011 earnings to quake relief

Japanese teen golfer Ryo Ishikawa said Tuesday he will donate all of his earnings in 2011 to the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in his country.

In addition to what he earns from the JGTO Tour and major tournaments overseas, Ishikawa will donate 100,000 yen for every birdie he makes.

Ishikawa has earned more than 100 million yen in each of the past three seasons since he turned pro in January 2008 at age 16.

Last year, he made 151 million yen for third place on the Japanese money list and had 341 birdies, the most on the tour.

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Japan’s Arimura leads first round in Singapore

Japan’s Chie Arimura shot a first round 68 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after 18 holes at the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament, with world number one Yani Tseng two further back.

The Japanese, playing in her first tournament of the year, had a near-perfect round until a costly bogey on the 17th hole marred her outing at the $1.4-million event at Singapore’s Tanah Merah Country Club.

"Among the 18 holes I only missed out on this one today. It is a shame but I have tried, there is nothing much I can do about it," said the 23-year-old, an up and coming player on the Japanese ladies tour.

"I did well in other places especially my putting so I have no regret," she said.

She finished the round four-under par, one shot ahead of South Korea’s Choi Na Yeon.

Tseng, who is bidding to win a fourth title in four weeks, had a topsy turvy ride at the par-72 course with six birdies but four bogeys to stay two shots behind Arimura.

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Japan’s Hiratsuka takes Black Mountain Masters

Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka claimed his third title of the season Sunday when he won the 600,000-dollar Black Mountain Masters after a play-off against Thai youngster Namchoak Tantipokakul.

Hiratsuka triumphed in the Asian Tour’s season-finale at the Black Mountain Golf Club with a par at the first play-off hole on the par-five 18th to pip Namchoak, who bogeyed in extra time.

The Japanese veteran, who also won the Air Bagan Myanmar Open and Queen’s Cup in Thailand earlier this season, signed off with a one-under-par 71 and was caught by a fast-charging Namchoak, who ended with a 65 for a 14-under-par 274 in a thrilling end to the season.

"After I missed a putt (to win in regulation), I knew I still had a chance in the play-off," said the 39-year-old Hiratsuka, whose 95,100-dollar cheque saw him end the season in fifth place on the final Order of Merit.

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Ryo Ishikawa wins Taiheiyo Masters gaining his third title on Japan Tour

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa won the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Australian Brendan Jones for his third title of the year on the Japan Tour.

The 19-year-old Ishikawa had seven birdies and two bogeys at the Taiheiyo Club’s Gotemba Course to finish at 14-under 274. He now owns a total of nine Japan Tour victories.

Jones, who won this event in 2007, also closed with a 67, pulling within a stroke of Ishikawa when he made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. Ishikawa responded with a birdie on the last hole to secure the win.

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Shin wins LPGA tournament in Japan

Jiyai Shin, the No. 1-ranked women’s golfer, on Sunday had her second consecutive bogey-free round and claimed the title at the LPGA’s Mizuno Classic.It was the second time Shin won the event in three years. She shot 5-under-par 67 Sunday and finished with a 54-hole total of 18-under 198 in taking the first-place check of $180,000. Yani Tseng was second at 16-under and took home $109,523.Shin had just two bogeys in the tournament and both came during Friday’s first round. She was 13-under since a first-round bogey at No. 14.

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Golfer Wayne Perske arrested in Japan for possessing cocaine

Australian golfer Wayne Perske was arrested early Saturday in Japan on suspicion of cocaine possession, police said.

The 36-year-old professional, in Japan for the Bridgestone Open, is suspected of possessing 1.25 grams (0.044 ounces) of cocaine at a bar in Chiba, southeast of Tokyo, said a spokesman for Chiba Central Police Department.

A customer at the bar late Friday reported to the police that a foreigner had a suspicious substance, leading officers to search and arrest him, a police officer was quoted by Kyodo News as saying.

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