Who's who: Ryo Ishikawa

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Who's who: Ryo Ishikawa

  • Name:

    Ryo Ishikawa
  • Country:

    Japan
  • Born:

    Sept 17, 1991 in Matsubushi, Saitama, Japan.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2008

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (2009, '11). Multiple wins on the Japan Golf Tour.

Did you know?

Ishikawa is also known by the nickname Hanikami Ōji (the "Bashful Prince"). He burst onto the Japanese golf scene as a 15-year old amateur, winning the first Japan Golf Tour event he appeared in, the 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup. Turning professional the next season, Ishikawa again won in Japan and became the youngest ever player to reach the top 100 of the world golf rankings. To date Ishikawa's continued success in Japan has not translated into wins on the PGA Tour or in major championships.

Top tournaments won by Ryo Ishikawa

2024
Japan
Nishi Nasuno CC
267 (-21)
¥10million
Satosyokuhin

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Nishi Nasuno CC

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

¥10million

Title sponsor

Satosyokuhin

Played as the Japan Players Championship by Satosyokuhin (June 20-23; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Kota Kaneko (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn). [Nishi Nasuno CC, Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan].

2022
Japan
272 (-8)
¥40million
Mitsui Sumitomo

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

¥40million

Title sponsor

Mitsui Sumitomo

Played as the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 10-13; Japan Tr event). Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) beat Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-5 18th). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].

2019
Japan
North Country GC
268 (-20)
¥30million
Sega

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

North Country GC

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

¥30million

Title sponsor

Sega

Played as the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup (Aug 22-25; Japan Tour event). Second-placed Juvic Pagunsan (Phil) finished 4 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn), who recorded a second straight win on the Japan Tour. [North Country GC, Hokkaido, Jpn].

2019
Japan
Ibusuki GC
269 (-13)
¥30million
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Ibusuki GC

Score

269 (-13)

Prize money

¥30million

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Japan PGA Championship (July 4-7; Japan Tr major ch'ship). Ishikawa (Jpn) beat Jung-gon Hwang (S Kor) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). [Kaimon course, Ibusuki GC, nr Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan].

2019
Japan
Tokyo Yomiuri CC
272 (-8)
¥40 million
Japan Tobacco

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Tokyo Yomiuri CC

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

¥40 million

Title sponsor

Japan Tobacco

Played as the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (Dec 5-8; Japan Tr major ch'ship and season-ending event). Ishikawa (Jpn) beat Brad Kennedy (Aus) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].

2016
Japan
273 (-15)
¥20million
RIZAP

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Keya

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

¥20million

Title sponsor

RIZAP

Played as the RIZAP KBC Augusta (Japan Tr event). Second-placed Tadahiro Takayama (Jpn), Michael Hendry (NZ) and Brad Kennedy (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Ishikawa (Jpn). [Keya GC, Fukuoka, Jpn].

2015
Japan
272 (-16)
¥22million
All Nippon Airways

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

¥22million

Title sponsor

All Nippon Airways

Played as the ANA Open (Japan Tr event). Second-placed Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Ishikawa (Jpn). [Wattsu course, Sapporo GC, Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, Jpn].

2015
Japan
Tokyo Yomiuri CC
266 (-14)
¥40 million
Japan Tobacco

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Tokyo Yomiuri CC

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

¥40 million

Title sponsor

Japan Tobacco

Played as the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (Dec 3-6; Japanese major ch'ship and season-ending event). Second-placed Yoshinori Fujimoto (Jpn) and Koumei Oda (Jpn) finished 5 shots Ishikawa (Jpn). [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].

2014
Japan
North Country GC
274 (-10)
¥40million
Sega

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

North Country GC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

¥40million

Title sponsor

Sega

Played as the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup (July 3-6; Japan Tour event). Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) beat Koumei Oda (Jpn) at the third playoff hole, to record his 11th win on the Japan Tour. [North Country GC, Hokkaido, Jpn].

2012
Japan
273 (-15)
¥30million
Mitsui Sumitomo

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

¥30million

Title sponsor

Mitsui Sumitomo

Played as the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 8-11; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Michio Matsumura (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Ishikawa (Jpn), who claimed his first Japan Tour win in two years. [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].

2010
Japan
Fujizakura CC
275 (-9)
¥22million
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Fujizakura CC

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

¥22million

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Fujisankei Classic (a Japan Tour event). Ishikawa (Jpn) won this event for a second straight time, beating Shunsuke Sonoda (Jpn) in a playoff.

2010
Japan
274 (-14)
¥30million
Mitsui Sumitomo

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

¥30million

Title sponsor

Mitsui Sumitomo

Played as the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 11-14; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Brendan Jones (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Ishikawa (Jpn). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].

2010
Japan
267 (-13)
¥24million
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

¥24million

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Crowns (Apr 29-May 2; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) and Paul Sheehan (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Ishikawa (Jpn). An amazing final round 58 (with 12 birdies on this par-70 course) gave 18-year old Ishikawa the record for lowest ever round in a top Tour event. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].

2009
Japan
Fujizakura CC
272
¥22million

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Fujizakura CC

Score

272

Prize money

¥22million

Title sponsor

Played as the Fujisankei Classic (a Japan Tour event). Second-placed Daisuke Maruyama (Jpn) finished 5 shots behind Ishikawa (Jpn).

2009
Japan
Yomiuri CC
275 (-13)
¥26million
Mizuno

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Yomiuri CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

¥26million

Title sponsor

Mizuno

Played as the Gateway to The Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic (Japan Tr event). Second-placed David Smail (NZ) finished 3 shots behind Ishikawa (Jpn). [Yomiuri CC, Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan].

2009
Japan
Miyoshi CC
274
¥24million
Coca-Cola

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Miyoshi CC

Score

274

Prize money

¥24million

Title sponsor

Coca-Cola

Played as the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic (a Japan Tour event). Second-placed Takeshi Kajikawa (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Ishikawa (Jpn). Played on the West course.

2009
Awards
69.93
n/a
Japan Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Score

69.93

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Japan Tr

Ishikawa (Jpn) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Japan Tour. Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) was second with 70.03; Brendan Jones (Aus) was third with 70.18.

2009
Awards
Yn184mill
see Score
Japan Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Score

Yn184mill

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Japan Tr

Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) won the Japan Golf Tour 2009 Money List, with earnings of Yn183,524,051. Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) was second with Yn158,556,695; Koumei Oda (Jpn) was third with Yn118,774,176. Note: the Japan Tour Money List includes earnings from Japan Tour events, golf's four top majors (Masters, Open, US Open, US PGA), and WGC events (except WGC team events).

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Otaru

Score

271

Prize money

¥24million

Title sponsor

Played as the Sun Chlorella Classic (a Japan Tour event). Second-placed Brendan Jones (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Ishikawa (Jpn).

2008
Japan
ABC GC
279 (-9)
¥30million
Mynavi

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

ABC GC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

¥30million

Title sponsor

Mynavi

Played as the Mynavi ABC Championship (Oct 30-Nov 2; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Keiichiro Fukabori (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Ishikawa (Jpn), who recorded his first Japan Tour win as a professional. [ABC GC, Kato, Hyogo, Japan].

2007
Japan
Tojigaoka Marine Hills
276 (-12)
amateur
Munsingwear

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Ishikawa, Ryo

Venue

Tojigaoka Marine Hills

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

Munsingwear

Played as the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup (May 17-20; Japan Tour event). Second-placed Katsumasa Miyamoto (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn, amateur), who, at age 15 yrs 8 mths, and making his first Japan Tour start, became the youngest man ever to win a main international tour event. [Tojigaoka Marine Hills GC, Tamano, Okayama, Japan].

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