Ryo Ishikawa

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Ryo Ishikawa
石川 遼
Ryo Ishikawa in June 2011 (5830658315).jpg
Personal information
Full nameRyo Ishikawa
NicknameHanikami Ōji
Born (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 29)
Matsubushi, Saitama, Japan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
NationalityFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
ResidenceMatsubushi, Saitama, Japan
Career
Turned professional2008
Current tour(s) Japan Golf Tour (joined 2008)
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins18
Highest ranking 29 (29 November 2009) [1]
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour17
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T20: 2011
PGA Championship T29: 2013
U.S. Open T30: 2011
The Open Championship T27: 2010
Achievements and awards
Japan Golf Tour
leading money winner
2009

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

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Amateur career

On 20 May 2007, Ishikawa became the youngest winner ever of a men's regular tournament on the Japan Golf Tour by winning [2] the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup at the age 15 years and 8 months. [3] 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. [4]

Professional career

Ishikawa turned professional in 2008 [5] 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 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. [6]

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. [7]

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. [7]

On 2 May 2010, in the final round of The Crowns, he shot a 12-under-par 58 to win the tournament by five strokes. The 58 was the lowest score ever carded in a Japan Golf Tour event, eclipsing a 59 achieved in the first round of 2003 Acom International by Masahiro Kuramoto, and lowest ever on any major golf tour. [8] His round consisted of 12 birdies and six pars. [8] However, because the course was a par-70 (versus the par-72 courses where some players shot 59), the record is not the lowest in relation to par.

Ishikawa caught the attention of American golf fans at the 2010 U.S. Open. Wearing a bright bubblegum pink outfit, he played under par on the first day and was tied for second after the second day before falling back over the weekend. [9]

On 30 March 2011 Ishikawa announced that he will be donating all of his 2011 tour earnings, plus an additional ¥100,000 for every birdie he makes during the year, to the Japan earthquake relief efforts. [10]

On 11 March 2012, the one-year anniversary of the Japan earthquake, Ishikawa finished runner-up to George McNeill in the Puerto Rico Open, his highest PGA Tour finish thus far. Just over a week later, Ishikawa became a member of the PGA Tour. [11] The second-place finish earned Special Temporary Membership by exceeding $411,943, or 150th on the PGA Tour's 2011 money list.

Ishikawa played on the PGA Tour in 2013. [12] He made 13 cuts in 23 events, finishing 149th on the money list and missing the FedEx Cup playoffs (ranked 141st). He played the Web.com Tour Finals and finished 13th to retain his PGA Tour card for 2014.

Ishikawa got nine top-25s and made 14 cuts during the 2014 season, including a second-place finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a T-5 at the unofficial ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf.

Professional wins (18)

Japan Golf Tour wins (17)

Legend
Japan majors (3)
Other Japan Golf Tour (14)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
123 May 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup
(as an amateur)
−12 (72-69-69-66=276)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Katsumasa Miyamoto
22 Nov 2008 Mynavi ABC Championship −9 (70-70-70-69=279)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Keiichiro Fukabori
328 Jun 2009 Gateway to The Open
Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic
−13 (69-65-68-73=275)3 strokes Flag of New Zealand.svg David Smail
42 Aug 2009 Sun Chlorella Classic −17 (65-68-71-67=271)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brendan Jones
56 Sep 2009 Fujisankei Classic −12 (69-65-68-70=272)5 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Maruyama
64 Oct 2009 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic −14 (71-68-66-69=274)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Kajikawa
72 May 2010 The Crowns −13 (68-70-71-58=267)5 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Fujita, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Sheehan
85 Sep 2010 Fujisankei Classic (2)−9 (66-71-68-70=275)Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Sonoda
913 Nov 2010 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters −14 (70-72-65-67=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brendan Jones
1011 Nov 2012 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters (2)−15 (67-69-69-68=273)1 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Michio Matsumura
116 Jul 2014 Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup −10 (69-71-67-67=274)Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Koumei Oda
1220 Sep 2015 ANA Open −16 (68-68-67-69=272)2 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Yūsaku Miyazato
136 Dec 2015 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup −14 (68-68-63-67=266)5 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Yoshinori Fujimoto, Flag of Japan.svg Koumei Oda
1428 Aug 2016 RIZAP KBC Augusta −15 (66-68-70-69=273)5 strokes Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Hendry, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brad Kennedy,
Flag of Japan.svg Tadahiro Takayama
157 Jul 2019 Japan PGA Championship −13 (65-67-71-66=269)Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jung-gon
1625 Aug 2019 Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup (2)−20 (67-66-67-68=268)4 strokes Flag of the Philippines.svg Juvic Pagunsan
178 Dec 2019 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (2)−8 (68-70-68-66=272)Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brad Kennedy

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (4–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2009 Japan Open Golf Championship Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Imano, Flag of Japan.svg Ryuichi Oda Oda won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2010 Fujisankei Classic Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Sonoda Won with par on fourth extra hole
3 2011 Totoumi Hamamatsu Open Flag of Japan.svg Masanori Kobayashi Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 2014 Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup Flag of Japan.svg Koumei Oda Won with birdie on third extra hole
5 2018 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jung-gon, Flag of Japan.svg Satoshi Kodaira Kodaira won with birdie on first extra hole
6 2019 Japan PGA Championship Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jung-gon Won with eagle on first extra hole
72019 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brad Kennedy Won with birdie on third extra hole

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament CUTCUTT20CUTT38
U.S. Open T33T30CUTCUT
The Open Championship CUTT27CUTCUTCUT
PGA Championship T56CUTCUTT59T29CUT
Tournament201920202021
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T51
The Open Championship NT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000152
PGA Championship 00000073
U.S. Open 00000053
The Open Championship 00000051
Totals000001229

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament2015
The Players Championship T8
  Top 10

"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Championship T4268
Match Play R16R64R32NT1
Invitational T53T4T50
Champions T17T41T66T67NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied

Team appearances

Professional

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