Fade at US Open teaches Ishikawa a few lessons

By Associated PressJuly 13, 2010, 4:22 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Next time Ryo Ishikawa finds himself in contention at a major championship, he wants to be strong enough to handle it.

Surging into a four-way tie for second following the second round of the U.S. Open last month, the 18-year-old sensation from Japan faded to a tie for 33rd. While Ishikawa admits he felt more pressure than he expected at Pebble Beach, the bigger problem was his physical stamina. It was only the second time the teenager made the cut at a major championship; he tied for 56th at the PGA Championship last year.

“My pulse was moving a little bit fast, and it was kind of hard to breathe,” Ishikawa said Tuesday through a translator. “It’s like playing golf while running. When that happens, my mind is a little bit hard to understand, like everything that’s going around. … Hopefully, in the future, if I finish in the top after the first and second rounds, I would like to have the physical strength to play all four days in (top shape).”

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Ishikawa faltered down the stretch at the 2010 U.S. Open. (Getty Images)
Better start hitting the gym then.

While his childhood friends were cramming for exams and worrying about getting their driver’s licenses, Ishikawa was hanging with golf’s big boys. He won his first event at 15, when he was still an amateur, and was the youngest player to crack the top 100 in the world rankings.

He’s won seven times on the Japan Tour since turning pro in 2007, and in May recorded the lowest score ever on a major tour with a 12-under 58 in the final round at The Crowns.

“It would be a lie if I said that I’m not satisfied with that score,” Ishikawa said. “But if I’m satisfied with playing golf so much, then there is no progress for me.”

It’s progress with his game that matters most, of course. But like any teenager, Ishikawa is also changing as a person.

The spiky hair that was once his trademark – even his Cabbage Patch Kid-like doll head cover sported the ‘do – is gone, replaced by a mop of curls. Once nicknamed “The Bashful Prince,” he grows more confident with every event, and is working hard on his English so he won’t have to use a translator.

There’s still some kid left in him, though. Asked about the Old Course, Ishikawa’s eyes grew wide and he couldn’t help smiling.

“Out of the four majors, the Open Championship has the longest history, and I feel the history of the course,” he said. “I also feel the home of golf playing here. That makes me feel so glad that I get to be a professional golfer.”

Ishikawa opened with a 68 at Turnberry last year, only to follow it with a 78 and miss the cut. The Old Course at St. Andrews is somewhat more forgiving with its wider fairways and bigger greens. But its devilish pot bunkers add a different dimension.

Should he find himself among the leaders going into the weekend, Ishikawa will need every bit of strength – mental and physical – he has. After that experience at the U.S. Open, though, he’s confident he’s in better shape.

“It’s always tough to win the major championships, and it goes for everyone that’s in the tournament,” Ishikawa said. “If winning a major championship is 100 meters away, after the U.S. Open, I’m a little bit closer, like five or six meters, to winning a major championship.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.