Ishikawa wins eighth career title on Japan tour


TOKYO – Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa won his eighth career title on Sunday, defeating Shunsuke Sonoda on the fourth playoff hole at the Fujisankei Classic.

Ishikawa entered the final round with a three-stroke lead but finished tied with Sonoda (67) at 9-under 275 after a final round 70.

Ishikawa two-putted for par on the fourth playoff hole – the par-4 18th – and then picked up his second title of the season when Sonoda’s par putt lipped out.

With a winner’s prize of $270,000, the 18-year-old Ishikawa moved into first place in the Japan tour’s money rankings.

Han Lee of the United States finished alone in third after a 69 left him at 7 under.