JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – How nightmarish was Ryo Ishikawa’s opening round Thursday at the PGA Championship.
The 19-year-old phenom from Japan lost track of how many balls he hit in the water shooting an 85.
“I didn’t count them,” Ishikawa said through a translator. “This course has so many water holes, every time I made a mistake it seemed to go in the water.”
For the record, Ishikawa hit six balls in the water.
“This is the first I’ve hit so many balls in the water,” he said.
The 85 was Ishikawa's highest score in 31 rounds of major championship golf. It was a shocking performance given Ishikawa was expected to contend to win his first major in the wake of his run at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week. Ishikawa tied for fourth at Akron, Ohio.
Ishikawa said his swing felt “stiff” this morning, and it got stiffer with every bad shot. His scorecard included five double bogeys, a triple bogey and two bogeys without a single birdie.