Ryo signs up for Asian Tour finale
Ryo Ishikawa is the latest marquee star to say yes to the Asian Tour’s December finale, the Thailand Golf Championship.
Ryo Ishikawa, already a Japanese golf celebrity at the tender age of 20, is the latest international marquee star to confirm his participation in the Asian Tour’s season-ending Thailand Golf Championship in December.
The hugely talented Ishikawa is set to join Northern Ireland’s newly crowned Major champions, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, England’s World No 2 Lee Westwood and the cream of the Asian Tour in contesting this inaugural US$1 million Asian Tour showpiece finale at the majestic Amata Spring Country Club on the outskirts of Bangkok.from December 15 to 18.
“I’m very excited at the prospect of playing in the Thailand Championship. Many of the world’s best players will be there and I’m glad to be one of them,” Ishikawa said.
“The Amata Spring Country Club is a great championship test and I’m looking forward to competing at the venue again. It will. I’m sure, provide a strong challenge for all the players.”
Ishikawa burst onto the world’s sporting headlines when he won the Japan Tour’s Munsingwear Open KSB Cup as a 15-year-old amateur.
Since then, along with his dashing good looks and easy-going personality, Ishikawa’s fame has grown with each passing year and each and every one of the nine Japan Tour titles he has won.
The highlight of his career thus far came in 2010 when he shot a spectacular 12-under-par 58 in the final round of the Crowns Tournament to win by five shots.
His final round 58 was the lowest ever recorded on any major international golf tour.
His popularity has extended beyond Asia to Europe and the United States where he has played in all four Majors and numerous other important tournaments.
His best placing to date was at this year’s Masters where he finished in a tie for 20th.
It served only to enhance his reputation when the young, globe-trotting Japanese golfing warrior announced that he would donate all of his winnings from the 2011 season towards rebuilding efforts in those Japanese communities devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis earlier this year.
The winner of the Thailand Golf Championship will earn a spot in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next year.
JT Poston completes wire-to-wire victory at John Deere Classic
England’s Callum Tarren bogeyed two of his last four holes en route to a one-under 70 as he was forced to settle for equal-sixth place.
Adrian Meronk makes history for Poland as David Law celebrates Open berth
Meronk’s flying finish made him his country’s first winner on the DP World Tour.
Paul Casey becomes latest player to join LIV Golf series
He opted out of the inaugural Saudi International on the European Tour in 2019 citing concerns over the country’s human rights record.
Adrian Meronk has the edge as he aims to make Tour history for Poland
A third round of 68 at Mount Juliet means a one-shot advantage on a crowded leaderboard.
Shane Lowry birdies last four holes to make Irish Open cut
Jorge Campillo tops the leaderboard at the midway point.
Keith Pelley hits back at 16 players threatening DP World Tour with legal action
Pelley says the sanctions against players who competed in the first LIV Golf event are ‘proportionate’ and ‘fair’.
JT Poston takes two-shot lead at John Deere Classic
The 29-year-old also became the first player on record to open consecutive Tour events with 62 or better.
Ryan Fox surprised to be leading after opening round of Horizon Irish Open
The New Zealander carded a flawless 64 to set the pace at Mount Juliet.
Defiant Lee Westwood does not believe playing in LIV should harm Ryder Cup hopes
Westwood doesn’t agree with penalties and sanctions.
Shane Lowry welcomes closer ties between Tours in response to threat from LIV
The PGA Tour and DP World Tour announced the next phase of their strategic alliance.