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Monday, 1st December 2008
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Ishikawa becomes youngest big money golfer

A Japanese schoolboy has become the youngest player to win 100 million yen (£710,263) in the country's professional golf tour.

Ryo Ishikawa, who is 17, is already one the biggest sports stars in Japan and shattered the previous record which was held by Shigeki Maruyama who was 26.

Ishikawa is currently ranked fifth on Japan's JGTO Tour money list, reports

He told reporters: "It's a relief to get over the mark.

"I could have got injured or disqualified and never got there."

The youngster, who turned pro at the beginning of the year, is widely regarded as the saviour of the JGTO Tour.

Over the next few years, the golfer is expected to earn millions of dollars through marketing deals.

He was recently given tight security following a bomb scare before the start of the Casio World Open.

Top of the JGTO Tour money rankings is Shingo Katayama who has won 178 million yen.

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