Teen sensation Ishikawa qualifies for Open


The 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry will welcome one of the youngest players in the history of the tournament in July.

Seventeen year old Ryo Ishikawa, from Japan, claimed a qualification spot with his thirteen under par victory at the Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic and will take his place amongst a star-studded field in Scotland next month. He will be joined by another young qualifier, Italian Matteo Manassero, who at the age of sixteen recently became British Amateur champion.

Ishikawa is becoming somewhat a tour sensation, becoming the youngest competitor to play in the US Masters and also the youngest to break into the world’s top 100 players.

So does Ryo stand a stance of lifting the trophy?

It is certainly not out of the question. This year, two unlikely winners have emerged major champions, and young champions are not out of the ordinary. In the women’s game, eighteen year old Morgan Pressel lifted a major trophy and in 1868, Young Tom Morris claimed an Open title at seventeen. With this in mind, and the good form the teen professional takes into the Open, he should surely be in the running as a potential surprise winner.

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