Ishikawa wins 7th title with a 58
Teenage young gun Ryo Ishikawa won his 7th Japanese Tour title on Sunday with a stunning closing round of 58.
Teenage young gun Ryo Ishikawa won his 7th Japanese Tour title on Sunday with a sensational closing round of 58 – a lower score than has ever been managed on either the American or European circuits.
The 18-year-old captured The Crowns tournament by all of five strokes after starting the final round in 18th place six off the lead.
The youngest player ever to reach the world’s top 50, he turned in 28 with birdies at the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth, started for home with two more and then grabbed another three in a row from the 14th.
On the 6,545-yard par 70 lay-out it meant he could even afford a par and bogey in the last two holes to break 60, but he parred them both.
There have been three 59s on the US Tour, most recently by David Duval in 1999, while 60 remains the record in Europe and has been done 14 times.
American Jason Bohn had a 58 on the Canadian circuit and Ishikawa’s compatriot Shigeki Maruyama had one in US Open qualifying.
There has even been a 55 recorded – by former PGA Tour player Homero Blancas in 1962 at Longview in Texas.
Blancas put together a front nine of 27 and a back nine of 28 for a round of 55. He had 13 birdies and one eagle and used only 20 putts – the same as Ishikawa today.
However, that course was a nine-holer with two different tee boxes on each hole and only just over 5,000 yards.
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