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Teen sensation Ishikawa turns pro

Kyodo News

Popular teen golfer Ryo Ishikawa announced his decision to turn professional Thursday, becoming the youngest pro in Japanese golf history at 16 years, 3 months. “From today I am Ryo Ishikawa the pro golfer,” Ishikawa said. “Golf will be my job from now on.” Ishikawa stunned the golf world by becoming the youngest winner on the men’s top-tier professional tour, when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup last May at age 15 as an amateur. According to the Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan, the previous record for the youngest to turn pro in Japan was by Kiyoshi Yamaura, who became a professional in 1978 at 16 years, 11 months.