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Wednesday, 27th May 2009
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Ishikawa to miss US Open

Japan's teenage golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa has failed in his bid to qualify for the US Open.

The 17-year-old failed to produce his best form in the Japanese qualifying tournament and never looked likely to book his place for the Major at the Black Course, Bethpage State Park in New York.

He finished five shots adrift of the qualification places at Ryugasaki Golf Club, Tokyo. New Zealand's David Smail won the event, while Angelo Que, Kaname Yokoo, Shintaro Kai and Sang Moon Bae also progressed.

Ishikawa stunned the world of golf by winning a tournament on the Japan Tour at the age of 15, while still an amateur.

He has won two more events in his homeland since turning professional, but has found it difficult to compete with the sport's biggest names on the PGA Tour and has missed the cut in three of the four events he has played, including the US Masters.

The teenager has, however, still been given an invitation to this year's PGA Championship at Hazeltine in August.

Written by Graham McPherson

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