Tuesday, June 30, 2009
(Photo courtesy of the Kyodo News)
Ryo Ishikawa's game is nothing if not exciting. The drama is racheted up when this kid's in the hunt. Only 17, Ryo won his 3rd pro tournament on the Japanese Tour on Sunday at the Mizuno Open - earning him a ticket to Turnberry for the British Open Championship. This is all impressive, of course, but the way he won - his back nine included a quintuple-bogey '9' on 12 and a chip-in eagle on 16 that sent young Ryo and the crowd into a mild frenzy - was most captivating.
Distinctively clad in red shirt and trousers with black and red accessories, "the Bashful Prince" is anything but bashful with his sartorial selections in competitive rounds. And his clothing matches his attitude: When asked his strategy for the British, Ryo answered, “I hear it is windy out there and I don’t think long driver shots alone will help. But I feel like going for broke.”
Although he's made but one PGA Tour cut - at this year's Transitions Championship - don't count him out for a great round or two on the big stage in 3 weeks. And hey, if things don't go his way, it won't be from a lack of fortitude.
Posted by The Khaki Crusader at 9:49 AM