|Ryo Ishikawa photo credit: jpellgen via photopin cc|
It was May of 2007 at the Japan Golf Tour's Munsingwear Open. Only 15 at the time, it was immediately clear that Ishikawa was destined for greatness... and the trajectory his career took during the two years that followed seemed proof of that beyond imagination.
In 2008 there was another Japan Tour victory and the player known as the Bashful Prince became the youngest ever to reach the top 100 in the World Golf Rankings. 2009 saw him win four times on the Japan Tour and become the youngest to break the top 50 and 2010 was notable for the Ishikawa's historic 58, at the Crowns. He closed the year with a win at the 2010 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA.
And that's where the so-called drought began, Ishikawa spent the next two years winless, and some began to doubt the promising player. Such doubts were put to rest yesterday with a Ryo's win at the 2012 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA. Though he has yet to win in the US, he DID just turn 21, and this victory made him the youngest player to register 10 wins on the JGTO.
|Ishikawa-Manassero photo: via / hochi.yomiuri.co.jp|
Of course the fact that 23-year-old Rory McIlroy is currently number one in the world puts pressure on all up-and-coming players... and speaking of the awesome Ulsterman, his third place finish in Singapore has allowed McIlroy to captured both the European AND PGA Tour money lists. An impressive accomplishment... and one his fellow guns will certainly aspire to.
Update: Speaking of droughts, another one came to an end on the LPGA Tour when Cristie Kerr won for the first time in over two years at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico.