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Callaway signs Ryo Ishikawa to multi-year deal
Callaway has signed 10-time Japanese Tour winner Ryo Ishikawa to a multi-year deal that includes equipment, apparel, hats, gloves and footwear.
Ishikawa, 21, was previously signed to Yonex. The Saitama, Japan native is one of golf’s most promising young talents, becoming the youngest golfer to win a men’s tournament on the Japan Golf Tour at the age of 15. Ishikawa turned professional in 2008, and in 2009 became the youngest golfer ever to be ranked in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings (he is currently ranked No. 75 in the world).
“I am very happy to join the Callaway team,” Ishikawa said. “I believe the wonderful innovation and support Callaway gives to its many great staff players with help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year.”
Ishikawa will likely play Callaway’s Razr Fit Xtreme driver, X Hot Pro 15-degree 3 wood, 18-degree X Utility Prototype, 2013 X Forged irons, X Forged wedges and HEX Black golf ball, as well as an Odyssey putter that he has used throughout his career. More information will be added about Ishikawa’s equipment as it becomes available.
Ishikawa officially became a member of the PGA Tour in March 2012, and played 18 events on the PGA Tour last year. He make the cut in 10 tournaments, earning $727,051. His best finishes came at the Farmers Insurance Open, the Puerto Rico Open, and Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, where he finished T13, 2nd and T9, respectively. His best finish in a major came at the 2011 Masters, where he finished T20.
Ishikawa announced in March 2011 that he would donate his entire 2011 tour earnings, plus an additional 100,000 yen for every birdie he made, to Japanese earthquake relief efforts.
“Ryo is an exciting, young international talent who has proven he can compete and win at the highest level,” said Chip Brewer, president and CEO of Callaway Golf. “And not only is he an accomplished golfer, Ryo is an extraordinary and generous young man. We are proud that he has chosen our products for their exceptional performance, and we are excited to welcome Ryo to Team Callaway.”