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Teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa and Shane Lowry adopt Srixon Z-Star
February 1, 2010

Two of the hottest young and up and coming names in international golf have chosen to play the Srixon Z-Star golf ball.

Ryo Ishikawa, the Japanese teenage sensation and no. 31 in this week's Official World Ranking, will be playing balls from the Z-Star range internationally.

Ryo Ishikawa

Known at home as "Hanikami Oji" (The Bashful Prince), Ishikawa was the youngest ever winner of a tournament on the main Japan Golf Tour when, as an amateur, he claimed the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup in May 2007 at only 15 years of age. He also became the youngest player ever to reach the top 100 in the World Ranking. His choice of Srixon is a huge boost for the Company and it is hoped he will have a major impact on Z-Star ball sales throughout Asia.

As a professional, he won in his first year on tour in 2008, finishing 5th in the Order of Merit, before taking the Japan Tour by storm in 2009, winning 4 times and becoming the youngest player ever to win their Order of Merit. 2009 also saw him become the youngest player ever to play in The Masters.

A favourite of galleries everywhere with his 300+ yard drives and his aggressive pursuit of birdies, the young Japanese phenomenon and latest convert to the Srixon Z-Star is expected to reach the highest pinnacles of the game.

Joining Ishikawa as a Z-Star player is Shane Lowry, who gained international recognition in May 2009 when he won the 3 Irish Open as an amateur, only the 3rd amateur ever to win on the European Tour. The 22 year old Irishman shot a 62 that week, the lowest ever amateur score on tour, and at the time of turning pro the week after his Irish triumph he had a handicap of +5.3.

Shane Lowry

Since then he has finished 3rd in the Dunlop Phoenix event in Japan and had a very credible 4th place finish in Abu Dhabi in January this year, taking him into the top 100 of the World Rankings, where this week he is no. 84.

Shane will be playing the Z-Star range of balls and will use a Srixon Tour bag, accessories, cap, glove and also play Cleveland Wedges.

Among the more established stars of world golf, Søren Kjeldsen is currently ranked 41st in the world. Already a Cleveland Golf contract player, Kjeldsen will now also be playing the Z-Star ball.

The 34 year old Dane won the 2009 Open de Andalucia and was 6th in the USPGA, his best finish so far in a major championship. In 2008 he won the Volvo Masters and in total has had 3 European Tour wins and a victory on the Challenge Tour in 1997.

The Srixon Z-Star ball

On the European Tour, Srixon Z-Star balls are already played by Miguel Angel Jiménez, David Howell, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Hennie Otto, Mark Brown, Bradley Dredge and Chapchai Nirat, with more new names expected to be added to the list in 2010, including Oskar Henningsson, Stephen Jeppesen, Julien Quesne, Julien Guerrier, James Ruth and Richard McEvoy.

Srixon balls have won more than 150 international events in the last four years, and are also played by PGA Tour stars Jim Furyk, former World No. 1 Vijay Singh, Robert Allenby and Tim Clark.

The technology of the Srixon Z-Star
The Srixon Z-STAR is a multilayer ball designed for the player looking for a tour-proven ball with great feel and distance control.

For further information visit www.srixon.co.uk

 

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