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Tuesday, 30th December 2008
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Young golf star name most valuable sportsman of 2008

Ryo Ishikawa, the Japanese teenage golf star, has been named the country's most valuable performer of the year.

The 17 year-old star is the youngest winner of the accolade.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, a baseball player currently contracted to the Boston Red Sox, previously held the record.

Recently, Ishikawa became the youngest player to earn in excess of one million yen when he finished fifth on the men's top tour money list after achieving one victory and seven top ten finishes, reports the Associated Press.

The teen sensation, who is nicknamed the Shy Prince in Japan, turned pro at the age of 16.

At a news conference in January this year, he commented: "I want to play with Tiger Woods in the future and win the Masters."

He also said he wanted to get good grades at school and a improve his distance off the tee.

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