Ishikawa fined by JGTO Tour

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Japanese golfing superstar Ryo Ishikawa was fined $26,000 for pulling out of two tournaments in August and September.

Japanese golfing superstar Ryo Ishikawa was fined $26,000 for pulling out of two tournaments in August and September, it was reported by local media on Wednesday.

Ishikawa, at 19 already the biggest name in Japanese golf and a multiple winner on the Japanese Tour, withdrew from August’s Kansai Open and, most recently, last week’s Toshin tournament for the second year running, citing a sore shoulder as the reason.

Despite apologising and producing a doctor’s note for the injury, the JGTO it seems was not in a forgiving mood and handed down the first such fine that Ishikawa has received.

“As a tour with sponsors, two successive no-shows causes problems,” JGTO chairman Tadashi Koizumi told Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper. “We will get tough with fines from next year.”

Ishikawa could only reiterate that he was unfit to play.

“My left shoulder felt like it was about to dislocate,” he told Nikkan Sports.

“The doctor told me if I played on, it would develop into chronic inflammation so I made the tough decision to withdraw.

“Last year I was playing in Europe so had to pull out. It’s bad timing.”

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