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Ishikawa admits fatigue played role in U.S. Open performance

Kyodo News

Ryo Ishikawa spoke words of reflection Tuesday after finishing in a tie for 33rd in his debut at the U.S. Open.

“After the second round, I was so satisfied, as if I have completed the tournament,” Ishikawa said after arriving at Narita airport. “With that sort of mind-set it’s no wonder why I faltered (in my last two rounds).”

Ishikawa was just two shots off the lead after two rounds before the 18-year-old slumped to a 4-over 75 and 80 in his third and final rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. He finished at 12-over 296.

Looking back on the difficult course he said, “I didn’t have enough physical and mental strength to make it through 72 holes. On my last day, I was breathing heavy every time I made a shot.”

“Even so, I hardly made any mistakes on my shots throughout the four days,” the 2009 JGTO Tour money title winner added.

Ishikawa is set to compete as the defending champion at the Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic getting under way Thursday in Hyogo Prefecture.

“I am tired but I shouldn’t rest because of that,” Ishikawa said. “In fact, this is the right time to train, in order to get physically tough. Like last week, I will compete this week aiming to win the title.”