Mar
6
2012
Ryo Bags Masters Invite
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Biff!

Japanese teen heartthrob and wannabe PGA Tour member Ryo Ishikawa has been granted a special invitation – the second of his brief career – to this year’s Masters Tournament.

The decision, announced today by Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, was apparently taken in the interest of viewer demographics.

“Historically, the Masters has invited international players not otherwise qualified to expand the tournament’s global reach… Ryo Ishikawa is an accomplished player on the Japan Golf Tour, and we believe his presence will help increase interest not only in his home country, but also throughout Asia.”

A fair gesture in the direction of international balance, or a cynical nod to sponsorship-driven hype?

Conor Nagle