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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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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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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Ryo Ishikawa breaks Tour record in Nagoya

Teenager Ryo Ishikawa carded a 12-under-par 58 – the lowest score ever on a major tour – to win the Crowns tournament in Nagoya.

The 18-year-old began the last day six shots behind leader Shigeki Maruyama but made 12 birdies to record a five-stroke victory at 13 under par.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable, I don’t know where all those birdies came from,” said Ishikawa.

“Seeing my score improve by 12 strokes at the end… it’s like a dream.”

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Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa is going to the Masters

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa says he has added focus for the upcoming golf season after receiving his invitation to return to this year’s U.S. Masters.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Ishikawa said Tuesday. “It’s a huge relief to get this (invitation) again and it gives me an immediate sense of purpose at the start of a new year.”

Ishikawa, 18, received his Masters invitation Monday and proudly showed it to reporters at Narita Airport before departing for the Royal Trophy tournament in Thailand.

Ranked 30th in the world, Ishikawa went to the 2009 Masters on a sponsor’s invitation in April and played alongside Tiger Woods at the British Open in July, missing the cut in both tournaments.

He made the 2010 Masters by virtue of his season results.