March 30 2011
Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa said Tuesday he will donate all of his earnings in 2011 to the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in his country.
The teenager also said he will donate 100,000 yen for every birdie he makes.
He was No. 3 on the Japan Golf Tour money list in 2010, making just over $1.8 million (U.S.), which includes his earnings from the majors and World Golf Championship. He led the tour by making 341 birdies last year, which could amount to another $400,000.
If he plays similar to last year, Ishikawa could wind up giving more than $2 million toward relief efforts.
"I've set my goal at 200 million yen in total," Ishikawa told the Associated Press. "I know recovery in the quake-affected areas will take a long time. I'd like to strive together with the victims in recovery efforts."
The nine-time winner in Japan created the donation program after consulting with his father Katsumi.
After the Masters, Ishikawa will return home for the start of the Japanese Tour season.