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SRI Signs Golf Ball License Agreement with Pro Golfer Ryo Ishikawa

SRI Sports Limited (Head Office: Kobe,Japan; President: Hiroyuki Bamba) has signed a golf ball license agreement with Ryo Ishikawa (sponsor: Panasonic),JGTO's top money earner for 2009. As a result of this agreement,Mr. Ishikawa will rely on Srixon golf balls in his bid to achieve his lofty goals and realize his dreams on the world tour.

Ryo Ishikawa turned professional in 2008 after becoming the youngest player in Japanese pro golf history to win the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup in May 2007. He was just 15 years old at the time. In his first year as a pro,he became the youngest player ever to earn over JPY100 million,ranking fifth in total money winnings. In 2009 he joined the world tour,where he was the youngest player ever to play in the Masters Tournament. In Japan that year,he won four tour victories with total earnings of JPY183,524,051, becoming the youngest player ever to win the title of top money earner. His aggressive,birdie-hunting playing style, with 300-yard-plus drives and bold approaches,is a hit among gallery fans. Expectations are high for him to emerge as the preeminent player in the Japanese golfing world.

Comment from Ryo Ishikawa
"Last year I tried out a variety of different golf balls and became acquainted with their different characteristics. I entered the license agreement for Srixon balls because they match well with my current swing and playing style and,having achieved four wins and the title of top money earner last year,I've become confident in my playing ability and my future. Srixon balls respond just as I expect them to,whether it's flight distance off my driver or in my short game when I have a particular image in mind, for example a lob shot where I want to come in close and low and stop on a dime. This year,Srixon balls will be my weapon of choice both in Japan and on the world tour."

Profile of Ryo Ishikawa
Birth date: September 17, 1991
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Height: 174cm
Weight: 68kg
Sponsor: Panasonic

Main career victories of Ryo Ishikawa
2009 4 wins
Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic
Sun Chlorella Classic
Fujisankei Classic
Coca-Cola Tokai Classic

2008 1 win
mynavi ABC Championship

2007 2 wins
Munsingwear Open KSB Cup
Japan Junior Golf Championship

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