Ishikawa to Join Internationals Late

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According to international captain Greg Norman, Japanese star golfer Ryo Ishikawa will arrive late for this week’s Presidents Cup.  Ishikawa will get to Australia two days before the beginning of the tournament, missing most of the International team’s preparations.

Ishikawa, who tied for eighth at last weekend’s Taiheiyo Masters in Japan will arrive late because of a flight delay. Though the Japanese will not be bonding properly with the rest of the team before the event, Norman is sure that he was right in selecting Ishikawa for Thursday’s opening as alternate shots against the Americans.

Norman chose Ishikawa one of his two captain’s picks in the previous 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco and did not regret it – the golfer claimed three wins, including the singles victory against Kenny Perry.

The 20-year-old golfer is considered the Japanese version of Tiger Woods and won his first Japan Tour title when he was 15, turned pro at 16 and shot 58 last year.

Ishikawa is one of four Asian golfers on the non-European International squad along with YE Yang, KJ Choi and KT Kim.