How great is this kid? I mean here is a kid who gets it. Ryo is an absolute phenom and has the celebrity status of any top athlete (particularly in Japan). He has fame, fortune, is under 20 years old and has the where with all to donate all is 2011 tournament earnings to the Japan Tsunami Disaster Relief. How can you not cheer for him to win every week? I wanted Ishikawa to win the WGC event at Firestone this past week so he could donate the full $1.4 million first prize. However, the t4 prize of $414,000 still helps the cause a lot.
This kid also has serious game. Did you see the shot he hit in the final round of the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach? There was a reachable par 4 on the front nine. I remember Dustin Johnson hitting an iron off the tee and was almost on the green. The Ryo pulled out his driver. I know Johnson is long, but he is not that much longer than Ryo. So I am wondering what he is going to do…well, he hits a knockdown fade that comes off like a bullet and never gets higher than 30 feet in the air. He uses the contours of the fairway to roll the ball up onto the front fringe. Now that was some serious shot making!
I love Ishikawa’s swing. I love what he does with his move, and keeps things pretty simple. Let’s start with the face on view.