Ishikawa back at Japan PGA Championship
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2010 Japan PGA Championship | Preview | 12 May 2010
One of the Japan Golf Tour’s flagship events, the Japan PGA Championship is played this week at the Passage Kinkai Island Golf Club near Nagasaki on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu.
Fresh from his stunning final round of 58 at the Crowns event in Nagoya two weeks ago, Ryo Ishikawa is sure to attract massive crowds to the event.
An indication as to the impact Ishikawa is having on the Japan Golf Tour’s growing popularity is that at this year’s Crowns event a record crowd of close to 50,000 attended during the week whereas in 2007 before the teenager’s arrival on the scene there were just 27,000.
Ishikawa’s recent heroics are sure to have attracted the attention of the wider sporting community in Japan and the attendance this week will be watched with interest.
Yuta Ikeda, arguably the best player in Japan at present other than Ishikawa, is the defending champion, the 24 year old a four time winner in 2009. Last year he won by a massive seven shots.
Australasians in the event include David Smail, Wayne Perske, recent runner up to Ishikawa Paul Sheehan, Kurt Barnes, Eddie Lee and Chris Campbell, the notable absentees in such a significant event being Brendan Jones and Craig Parry.