Friday

Northern Trust Open - Ryo Ishikawa Doesn't Disappoint

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Well you can't say I didn't warn you.

I said I'd be obsessing writing about Ryo. ~ After all The Northern Trust Open marked a welcome return to the US for the 18 year old Japanese golfer. Hopes were that he'd play well and make the cut. Last year it didn't work out that way - the young player explained that his nerves got the better of him.

I was hoping it'd be different this year... hoping his four wins on the Japanese tour in 2009 would give him the confidence needed to win here. I was also looking forward to the possibility of an awesome Ryolicious color statement.

Needless to say, Mr. Ryo didn't disappoint. In fact at one point, after a slew of birdies, the one they call "Bashful Prince" got as low as 5-under through 14 holes. Towards the end of his round there was a slight unraveling, but he finished the round with a solid place on the leader board and appeared to feel good about his possibilities of playing this weekend.

In a sea of sad looking gray, beige and black, one player was wearing a bright, ebullient turquoise. It was Ryo, of course.

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