Ryo Ishikawa Cards Record Score of 58 On Japan Pro Tour

May 3rd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa carded a major tour record round of 12-under par 58 on the Japan Tour to win the Crowns tournament on Sunday afternoon.

On the day, Ishikawa made par on the final hole of the day, recording 12 birdies and no bogeys at Nagoya Golf Course.

“I always dreamed of getting a score like this but didn’t think I would do it so fast,” Ishikawa said in a post-round interview. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m sure it will after a few days.”

Ishikawa fired rounds of 68, 70, and 71 respectively throughout the course of the first three days of the tournament and entered the final round six shots behind 54-hole leader Shigeki Maruyama.

He began Sunday playing his first 11 holes at 9-under par. Ishikawa finished the tournament at 13-under par, winning by five shots over Hiroyuki Fujita, and Paul Sheehan.

“I got off to a good start for the first time in four rounds, so I told myself not to give up for the title until the end,” Ishikawa said after his round. “To my surprise, I found myself making this many birdies. I was in a calm mental state for all 58 strokes.”

The previous record on the Japan Tour was a 59 carded by Masahiro Kuramoto back in 2003 in the Acom International.

A score of 59 has been shot three times on the PGA Tour, by David Duval, Al Geiberger and Chip Beck, as well as once on the LPGA Tour by Annika Sorenstam.

Back in the 2000 season, Maruyama tabbed a 13-under par round of 58 during a qualifying round for the U.S Open, which was played a Pebble Beach.

Ishikawa was the leading money winner last year on the Japan Tour and is considered as one of the game’s top young players in the world, making his presence known on the PGA Tour in several events.

“I can see the scores from my four rounds on the scoreboard,” Ishikawa said after the round. “It’s just hard to believe I improved my score from yesterday by 13 strokes.”

Ishikawa won $255,000 for winning the event, which was his first of the year.  The phenom won his first event on the Japan Tour as a 15-year old, in 2007.

At the 2010 Masters last month, Ishikawa just missed playing on the weekend, as he missed the 36-hole cut by a single stroke.

Ishikawa’s next appearance on the PGA Tour is not yet known, but should be slated to compete in the U.S Open that will be held at Pebble Beach in June.

This week on the PGA Tour, the players will tackle TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship, beginning on Thursday.  Despite missing the cut last week at Quail Hollow, Tiger Woods is installed on USA Online Sportsbooks as the betting favorite, with Phil Mickelson following second.

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