Tournament article

Fujisankei Classic 2019

Ryo Ishikawa makes magnificent Sunday charge but not enough to steal the winner's jacket

Ryo Ishikawa showed his best ever Sunday charge from 9 shots behind the leaders, but he ended up still 4 shot shy to grab the victory. Ryo finished as solo 5th, but the super star performance he showed today was the play all the fans were waiting for.

On the starting hole, which he bogeyed for the past 3 days, he made 6-meter to kick off with a birdie. Then Ryo went on to make 3-meter birdie on 3rd and tap in birdie on the 6th.

Ryo changed his grip for the putter from cross hand to normal during the 3rd Round to fix his putt.
"I also was able to work on fixing my driver shots which helped me to make birdies."
Ryo's shots and putts found his A game, and he started to climb up the leader board in a high pace.

In the afternoon, due to the typhoon arriving to the Kanto area, heavy rain and wind started to blow on the course. But still so many fans followed Ryo's group.
"Even in this bad weather conditions, so many fans came to the course. I wanted to thank them by showing my best play."

As he said, he made 4 more birdies in his back nine to show a great Sunday charge. By the time he got to the final 18th, he was only 2 shots behind the leader at that time. He wanted to go for it, so he tried to get it on in two.
"If I hit it shallow, it won't reach the green, so I aimed to hit it really crisp but ended up hitting too fat."
The shot ended up short to the right front of the green.
"I forced myself to play a gamble shot, I wasn't thinking wisely."

He tried to chip it in but couldn't make it and had to face the par saving putt. Ryo finished the round with bogey free 64, which is his best score at Fujizakura.
"I wish I could have putted for at least birdie putt on the 18th."

Ryo will be turning 27 on September 17th, his first tournament after his birthday will be ANA Open, his sponsor event in Sapporo GC Wattsu Course. Ryo has won there in 2015. Last year the tournament was cancelled due to the earthquake disaster.
"First of all, we all wish that the tournament will be held safely and successfully. I am happy to return to Hokkaido. I would really want to show my A game in Wattsu Course"