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Ishikawa to enter record book

Kyodo

Ryo Ishikawa on Wednesday received a certificate from Guinness World Records Ltd. acknowledging his 12-under-par 58 in the final round of The Crowns earlier this month as the lowest 18-hole score of a sanctioned tour.

“I’m honored to have set the record,” the 18-year-old said at Horai Country Club in Tochigi Prefecture. “I’d like to thank those who have supported my golf career for that unbelievable round.”

He will enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time, following his 2007 Munsingwear Open victory at age 15.

“I’ve heard of numerous youngest records for what I’ve done, but to me age has nothing to do with golf,” Ishikawa said.

On the JGTO Tour, Ishikawa became the youngest player to top 100 million yen in single-year earnings in 2008 and the youngest money title winner last year.

“Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to shoot a 57 someday,” he said.