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Ryo Ishikawa pledges season's winnings to Japan earthquake fund

Japanese golfing sensation Ryo Ishikawa, who has established himself in the world game in recent years, has pledged all of his season's winnings to help his nation come back from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck last month.

The 19-year-old is also pledging a further £750 for every birdie he makes during the season.

"I know recovery in the quake-affected areas will take a long time - I'd like to strive together with the victims in recovery efforts," he said.

"I have enough money to spend for my golf. I still have savings - I believe this is the most positive way for me to spend money."

The world number 45 shot to fame when he claimed his first title as an amateur.

He has built on his success and established himself as a threat in the professional game, earning £3.3 million from the Japanese Tour since he joined the professional ranks three years ago.

Ishikawa will be packing his golf clothes and heading off to Augusta this week and he hopes he will better his +4 score from last year, which saw him miss the cut and the final two rounds.
 

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