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Ryo Ishikawa moves to Callaway

January 10, 2013

Ryo Ishikawa, a ten-time winner on the Japanese Tour by the age of 21, has joined Callaway Golf on a multi-year contract. Ishikawa will be a full Callaway staff professional and play the company’s cutting-edge equipment, including the new RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver and the Odyssey putters he has relied on throughout his career. In addition Ishikawa, a native of Saitama, Japan, will wear Callaway-branded apparel, caps, gloves and footwear. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed.

"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 with help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year."

Ryo Ishikawa and his new Callaway equipment

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, claiming 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, he 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, including the leading money winner on Tour and the Japan Golf Tour's Most Valued Player. In September of that year, Ishikawa became the youngest golfer to ever reach the top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings.

Ryo's Callaway bag will include:
• Razr Fit Extreme Driver 9.5° with Graphite Design Tour AD BB shaft
• X Hot Fairway wood tour 15° with Graphite Design Tour AD BB shaft
• X Utility Protype Iron
• X Forged 2013 Irons 3-PW
• X Forged Wedges 50° & 58°
• Odyssey Versa #9 Black/White/Black putter

Ishikawa was previously playing mainly Yonex clubs.

For further information about Callaway players and a wealth of exciting new product introductions for 2013 visit www.callawaygolf.com






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