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Ryo Ishikawa

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 150

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Ryo Ishikawa fired the round of the day, a bogey-free 9-under-par 33-30=63, to charge 58 spots up the leaderboard to T5 after 54 holes of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia.
At 13-under 203, the Japanese star is now just two back from joint-leaders Dylan Frittelli and Jorge Campillo and in position to take victory in his first try at a European/Asian Tour co-sanctioned event. His third round at Saujana G&CC featured five straight birdies from Nos. 11 to 15 while he added to a back-nine surge with another gain at 17. His front nine circles came at 1, 5 and 7. Now at 224 in the world rankings having previously hit No. 29, Ishikawa is still only 26 years old and has plenty of time to resurrect a career that has stalled. Today's round was a free hit to be honest so we'll see how he fares when under the gun. He didn't make a good job of it when holding the halfway lead at the Singapore Open two weeks ago when dropping from top spot to T16 but at least that performance suggested he could be close to something big. Feb 3 - 4:11 AM

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Ryo Ishikawa will make a rare European Tour start in this week's Maybank Championship at Saujana G&CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The forgotten man of Japanese golf, usurped by Hideki Matsuyama. A winner on home turf in 2015 and 2016, he went 8-for-20 on the PGA last season with a best of T10 in the CIMB Classic which started that entire run. His low confidence was rubber-stamped by five straight missed cuts on return home, but eventually the good vibes returns. He was T2 in the Casio World Open and then went 69-66 to lead the Singapore Open at halfway before 74-71 at the weekend proved all remains not-quite-right. Shot 70-73 to miss the cut in last week's Myanmar Open. A first experience of a European/Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, but three times played the CIMB Classic in KL with 2016 Fall's T10 his best effort.
Jan 30 - 10:19 AM

World No. 128 Ryo Ishikawa is in Wilmington, North Carolina, for his third Wells Fargo Championship, first since a missed cut in 2015.

Ishikawa ended calendar-year 2016 No. 95 in OWGR, so he's going in the wrong direction. Understandably perhaps, as he missed 22 weeks last year to deal with a spinal issue (lumbar discopathy). The 25-year-old began this season on a Major Medical with 20 starts to earn 399.720 FEC points or $655,788. So far, he's used up 13 of those and has collected 181.011 FEC points and $301,087. Ishikawa has two top 25s and one top 10, a T10 in his first event back (CIMB Classic), and has missed six cuts. He ranks 147th on TOUR in scoring average (71.771) and arrives off T72 at the Valero two weeks ago (70-72-73-82).
Wed, May 3, 2017 08:00:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa finished runner-up during the 2012 Puerto Rico Open and returns this week for hopes of sparking that old flame at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club.

Ishikawa ranks 115th in the FedExCup standings ahead of this week's appointment with Coco Beach G&CC. Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, panic has not set in yet, as he still has 11 starts remaining to earn $366,729 or 265.14 FedExCup Points. This week's venue could be the perfect place to take a large chunk out of that amount remaining. Ishikawa finished two strokes behind the winner (George McNeill) in his 2012 Puerto Rico Open debut, and he's returned with finishes of T39, T19, and T73.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 06:52:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa sets his eyes on Riviera Country Club for his eighth appearance at this week's Genesis Open.

Ishikawa is just 3-for-7 at this event, and still searches for his first taste of success at Riviera CC. The closest he's come was in 2010 when he positioned himself T9→T4→T15 after the first three rounds. A closing 1-over 72 pushed him down the leaderboard, finishing T32 by week's end. Other than rounds one through three in 2010, Ishikawa has positioned himself outside the top 30 in all 17 of his other rounds here. Riviera Country Club is known to have a steep learning curve, but the early course history for Ishikawa are not promising. More recently, the 25-year-old has opened 2017 with a T50, T20 (Farmers), and missed cut.
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 06:47:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa continues his search for a breakout on the PGA TOUR as he heads into 2017 on a Major Medical Extension.

World No. 95 opened the 2016-17 campaign with a 2-for-3 record, including a T10 at the CIMB Classic. That was his first PGA TOUR action since a back injury sidelined him following the Waste Management Phoenix Open last February. The 25-year-old returned from injury with four straight top 10s on the Japan Golf Tour before his top 10 at the CIMB. That was nothing new as he's collected 14 international victories in his career, but none on the PGA TOUR. After the holiday break, Ishikawa will have 17 starts remaining on his Major Medical to earn 330 FedExCup Points or $488,904. If he can maintain his career earning levels then he would meet the terms of that MME after 16 starts, so it may come down to the wire unless he can rattle off a few big finishes.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:43:00 AM

Ryo Ishikawa settled for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 during the finale of the CIMB Classic, but still managed a T10 finish at week's end, posting 13-under 275.

Ishikawa landed 14 greens in regulation on the day, but only converted three birdies on the day. Statistically, nothing stands out about this week as he ranked T46 in driving accuracy, T30 in GIR percentage, and 27th in putts per GIR. At the end of the week, Ishikawa circled 20 birdies which is all that matters. Playing his first PGA TOUR event in 36 weeks, the 25-year-old did a great job of displacing any concerns about potential rust. Gamers should feel free to invest with confidence moving forward, if they weren't doing so already.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 03:50:00 AM

Ryo Ishikawa maintained his steady pace with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 during round three of the CIMB Classic, placing him in a share of ninth place on the live leaderboard at 11-under 205.

Ishikawa landed 13 greens in regulation today but used his short game to avoid all but one bogey. That includes a chip-in birdie at the par-4 16th hole to highlight that play around the greens. Ishikawa is making his first start on the PGA TOUR in 36 weeks, but he's showing no sign of rust. That can be attributed to not rushing back as well as his recent rehab stint on the Japan Golf Tour. It was scary to see the 25-year-old deal with spinal issues at such a young age, but that injury is looking like a non-factor since his return to action.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 02:02:00 AM

After a 36-week absence from the PGA TOUR, Ryo Ishikawa will return to action this week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

After missing the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Ishikawa shut it down to deal with a spinal issue (lumbar discopathy). He's made five rehab starts since, on the Japan Golf Tour, missing the cut in the first but finishing 1-T2-3-T7 in the latest four. Most recent of the stellar finishes was the T7 at last week's Japan Open Golf Championship. The 25-year-old has finished T26 and T35 in his two prior CIMB Classic appearances but gamers should cut him a little slack this week if he shows signs of PGA TOUR rust.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Making his second international appearance since March, Ryo Ishikawa hoisted the trophy today at the Rizap KBC Augusta following rounds of 66-68-70-69 to reach 15-under 273 on the week and win by five strokes.

Ishikawa was last seen on the PGA TOUR missing the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, during the first week of February. He's been out with lumbar discopathy since then. The 24-year-old made his first rehab appearance in the form of a missed cut in July at the Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodle Cup. Nearly two months later he got the job done this week at Keya Golf Club, splitting just 21 (of 56) fairways, landed 43 greens (T34 in field), and ranking third in the field in putts per GIR. Ishikawa is also set to team up with Hideki Matsuyama to represent Japan at the World Cup of Golf at the end of November in Melbourne, Australia. Gamers should look for Ishikawa to return stateside in 2017 as he attempts to earn his status through a medical extension after going just 3-for-6 in 2015-16 before the lower back injury derailed his season.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 09:50:00 AM

Ryo Ishikawa will be making other plans this week as he's backed out of the field at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He will be replaced by Ted Purdy.

There was no initial reason cited for the early exit. There is none needed, given it's prior to the start of the event. Of course we will update if that changes prior to his next start. Ted Purdy takes his place in the field. He boasts a trio of top 20s at this event, but hasn't cracked the field since the 2010 edition.
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 06:03:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa prepares for his fifth appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open and is scheduled off Torrey Pines North in Thursday's first round.

The 24-year-old gets his crack at the much shorter (646 yards shorter) and much easier of the two par 72s before turning his attention to the 7,698-yard Torrey South on day two. His finishes at the Farmers flip-flop in alternating years: T13 in his 2012 tourney debut, CUT/2013, T7/2014 and CUT/2015. Ishikawa opened 2016 with a T84/MDF two weeks ago at the Sony (67-70-73) and has yet to win on TOUR in 123 career events.
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 10:21:00 AM

Ryo Ishikawa ranks 118th in the FedExCup standings on three starts thus far in 2015-16.

Since joining the PGA TOUR full-time in 2012, Ishikawa has progressively upped his starts from 18 to 28 last season, where he finished 122nd in FEC points. His increased efforts can't be defined as a total boondoggle, but he's yet to realize the same success in the States that he's enjoyed overseas. At still a young 24 years of age, and owner of 13 international victories, he continues to amass the vast majority of his world ranking points via the Japan Golf Tour, including a solo second last week at the Casio World Open. Ishikawa has a pair of runner-up finishes on TOUR in 122 career events, with the most recent a T2 at the 2014 Shriners.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa toured TPC Summerlin in 6-under-par 31-34=65 in today's opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open before coming to rest one stroke in arrears of the clubhouse tri-leaders.

Ishikawa wasted no time dipping into red numbers with a 21-foot birdie conversion at the par-4 first hole. He chased it with another birdie, this time by holing out from a bunker 10 yards away at the par-4 second. After yet another circle at 3, he scored par-par before connecting from 22'10" for birdie at the par-4 sixth. Still feeling it on the greens, he salvaged par from 12'11" at No. 7, and then turned in bogey-free 4-under. He'd pick off three more birdies on the way in, including rolls of 24'8" and 17'8" at the par-4 10th and 15th holes, respectively. Alas, the train went off the rails at the par-5 16th where he rinsed his tee ball en route to bogey, but The Bashful Prince finished the round with a strokes gained: putting clip north of 3.000.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 05:30:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa launches his PGA TOUR season with his third career appearance at the Open.

Ishikawa is 2-for-2 at the posting consecutive top 25s, including a T19 in last year's edition on rounds of 71-71-67-71. He enters his fifth season on the PGA TOUR after squeaking out a 122nd-place finish in 2014-15 FedExCup points. In total, the 24-year-old made a respectable 17 cuts on 28 starts last season but only two went for top 10s, including a season-best T8 at THE PLAYERS. Ishikawa entered the Wyndham Championship No. 130 in the FEC standings but climbed to No. 124 with a T31. He got bounced in the first round at The Barclays after posting a T66. Post Barclays, he went to Japan and promptly won his next start at the ANA Open for his 13th international victory. He chased with a T52 and a T6 in subsequent starts on the JGTO.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 05:01:00 PM