Callaway signs Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa
Ishikawa, a ten-time winner on the Japanese Tour by the age of 21, joins Callaway as a full staff professional and will play the Company’s cutting-edge equipment, including its new RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver and the Odyssey putters he has relied on throughout his career, including in nine of his professional victories.
Beyond the equipment, the Saitama, Japan native will wear Callaway-branded apparel, caps, gloves and footwear.
Callaway Golf’s newest signing – Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa
“I am very happy to join the Callaway team,” said Ryo Ishikawa. “I believe the wonderful innovation and support Callaway gives to its many great staff players will help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year.”
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼In May of 2007, when Ishikawa was just 15 years and eight months old, he became the youngest golfer to win a men’s tournament on the Japan Golf Tour, winning the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.
Since then his rise to golf stardom in Japan has been swift and steady. Ishikawa turned professional in 2008 and, by the end of that season, became the youngest player to break into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He went on to dominate the 2009 season in Japan.
With four wins on Tour, he was showered with accolades and was the leading money winner on Tour and the Japan GTO MVP.
In September of that year, Ishikawa became the youngest golfer to ever reach the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Currently in Ishikawa’s new Callaway bag is the RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver, an X Hot 3-wood, an X Tour Utility Prototype Iron, X Forged Irons, X Forged Wedges and an Odyssey Versa Putter. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ Ishikawa’s best major performance came at The Masters in 2011, where he finished T20.
Further endearing him to the golfing public across the globe, Ishikawa announced in March 2011 that he would donate his 2011 tour earnings – plus an additional 100,000 yen for every birdie he made – to the Japan earthquake relief efforts.
Ishikawa officially became a member of the PGA Tour in March 2012. His first event in 2013 as a Callaway staff professional will be the Humana Challenge followed by the Farmers Insurance Open. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼