SAN FRANCISCO – Ryo Ishikawa will team up with Australian Geoff Ogilvy in foursomes against Americans Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker on his debut at the President’s Cup on Thursday.
“Obviously Tiger and Steve Stricker, that team is great,” said the 18-year-old Ishikawa, who heads into the tournament on the back of his fourth win of the season at the Tokai Classic on Sunday.
“But golf is a game that you just never know what will happen. I might be somebody who is not bringing a lot of credentials with me, but I’m going to do my best and play hard ’til the end and hopefully we can come out victorious,” he said.
“Ogilvy-san has been really kind to me and I am really glad to be paired with him on the first day,” said Ishikawa, the youngest player to compete in the President’s Cup.
“I heard he had said he wanted to play with me and that is really pleasing. I just hope I don’t hold him back,” he said.
Selected for the international team by captain Greg Norman last month, Ishikawa will be the first Japanese player to compete in the event since Shigeki Maruyama took part in 2000.
Ishikawa played alongside Woods and Lee Westwood of England on his debut at the British Open in July. Ishikawa and Woods both missed the cut.
YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) The first round of the Canon Open in Kanagawa Prefecture has been canceled due to a typhoon, the Japan Golf Tour Organization said Thursday.
The season’s 18th typhoon made landfall in Japan early Thursday, forcing the four-day event at Totsuka Country Club to be shortened to 54 holes.
The first and second round will be held Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s final round will remain as scheduled.
“We made the decision because of the course condition and also for the safety of the gallery,” a JGTO press officer said.