Rory McIlroy, Ryo Ishikawa: Two Golf Stars That Give the Sport a Bright Future
If you are a fan of golf, mark today's date in the history books: May 2nd, 2010.
This day will forever be remembered for the 18-year-old kid from Japan setting some records of in front of his home country. Ryo Ishikawa, the young man who has taken over the Japan Tour for the past couple of years, carded a 58 while coming from behind to win The Crowns by an impressive five strokes.
Ishikawa's 58 (-12) is the lowest score ever carded in a professional tour event.
This will also be remembered as the day in which Rory McIlroy became the second youngest winner in PGA Tour history by fearlessly dominating a course just shy of his 21st birthday, while even the toughest veterans couldn't find the shot to conquer Quail Hollow.
By shooting a 10-under par 62, McIlroy not only came from behind to win by four shots, but set the course record in the process.
In a tournament where the leader board resembled one out of the mid-90’s after Saturday, a kid captivated the many in attendance and the many watching at home, while other future stars continued to shine on the PGA Tour.
Rickie Fowler, just 21-years-old, closed with a 67 (-5) finishing the day in 6th place, after starting the day tied 26th place.
Anthony Kim (24-years-old) continued his great play, carding a 1-under par 71; finishing in a seventh place tie with five other players, including major winners Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk.
Based on the results of today's rounds, the only question seems to be when will these young starts continue this type of play week in and week out?
McIlroy has shown the ability to come through when he is behind, and racked up his second professional win in a short career.
Ishikawa, although not as well known in the United States, hoisted his eighth professional trophy in heroic fashion, absolutely dominating a course which gave him problems the previous three days.
Ryo has also compiled an impressive start to his career in Japan the past few years, becoming the youngest player to ever crack to Top 100 of the World Golf Ranking in 2008.
Fowler has shown flashes of brilliance in his young career, compiling three top ten finishes (which includes two second place finishes).
As we all have seen over the past couple of years, Anthony Kim is bound to be a superstar. His great play guided the United States to an impressive win against the Europeans in the 2008 Ryder Cup, and gathering four professional victories since 2008.
His most impressive performance came on the back nine of Augusta last month, making a late charge towards the top of the leader board, falling just short (strictly because Mickelson was just as great down the stretch) and finishing third (his best finish in a major).
That nine holes let the world know, officially, that the man named AK is going to continue to stick around the front page of leader boards for years to come.
Today, after McIlroy had finished, the cameras continued to follow him into the clubhouse when something that was unexpected happened.
When approaching the clubhouse, McIlroy was met outside the entrance by Padraig Harrington, and Jim Furyk (along with Bubba Watson), who were waiting in order to congratulate the young star on his performance and win.
These two men are giants on the PGA Tour, men who have compiled impressive resumes over the years, and are great ambassadors of the game of golf.
It was a great show of respect by men who exude class, both on and off the golf course.
While it may have been a very small gesture, they both know that these young guys are gunning for the top.
And it won't be too long until they get comfortable enough to remain there.
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