Ryo Ishikawa, 17, of Japan, is drawing the world's attention now that he has arrived in the U.S. Ishikawa has won twice on the Japanese tour, his first victory coming when he was 15 years old and still an amateur. He won again last year and produced a succession of good performances to lift himself into the top 100 of the world rankings. He is currently ranked 67th. For a professional golfer dubbed the "Bashful Prince" and the ânew Tiger Woodsâ back home in Japan, Ryo Ishikawa debuted at the Northern Trust Open a few weeks ago in LA with electric blue pants and a swarm of media following his every move. Even though he missed the cut in LA, he was by far the most photographed PGA Tour Player in LA.
Ishikawa is now heading to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at IMG Academy to prepare for the PGA Transitions and the Bay Hill Classic. He will practice, play andtrain here at IMG.