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Ryo Ishikawa implodes at Transitions Championship; hopes 13-year-old sister can save the family name

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Updated: Yoko fired an 81 in the first round of the T-Point. I guess she can still brag that she shot a better opening round than her big brother!

Ryo Ishikawa is the type of star athlete the Japanese media fawns over. Besides being young and incredibly talents, the 18-year-old teen has managed to translate his A-game in Japan into a golf game that could handle any course on any continent.

Sure, he shot 12-over in his opening round at the Transitions Championship this week. Big deal. Did we mention that he’s just a teen? He’s already got seven tour wins, for crying out loud. I know the implosion will rock the Japanese media, but they’ll need to make do with another Ishikawa this week.

So they’ll be turning their attention to another Ishikawa: Ryo’s 13-year-old sister, Yoko. She’ll be putting the white peg in the ground at the Japan LPGA Tour’s T-Point Ladies golf tournament. That’s right, she’s 13-YEARS-OLD. I was playing Sega Genesis and flag football at that time, not walking pristine fairways and playing golf with people twice my age.

I think it’s safe to say the Ishikawa family has some really good golf genes.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/19/2010 at 10:07 pm

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