MELBOURNE, Australia – Ryo Ishikawa, the 20-year-old star from Japan, was the last player to arrive into Melbourne. His plane was due to land on Tuesday afternoon in Australia.
“Unfortunately, it is what it is,” International captain Greg Norman said when asked about Ishikawa. “You’ve got to expect the unexpected.”
Because of his late arrival, Ishikawa will not have the preparation time at Royal Melbourne as the others playing in this week’s Presidents Cup. But fortunately, he’ll be able to call upon the course knowledge that Norman and the other Australians on the team possess.
“The great part about Ryo is he's young,” Norman said. “He can survive the jet‑lag and survive an overnight flight and get in here. He's a good enough player, he'll have enough information coming his way tomorrow about the golf course. So I'm not concerned about it.
“Obviously we would like to have as a team unit everybody together and being engaged from today onwards, but, hey, it is what it is, and you just adapt to it.”
Said teammate Adam Scott: “That’s obviously not ideal preparation for him, but you know, he’s a very good golfer, so hopefully he can take a lot in tomorrow.”
Ishikawa played last week at the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Tour, where he finished tied for eighth. He made his first Presidents Cup appearance two years ago as a teenager and produced a 3-2-0 record, including a singles win over Kenny Perry.