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Japan’s Tiger in the tank?

June 22, 2009

What goes up must at some point come down.

The world of sports is full of examples of bright lights who shone briefly before crashing back down to earth.

Tennis burnout used to grind teenage sensations into the dust with alarming regularity, with even all-time greats such as Bjorn Borg stressed into premature retirement, albeit the Swede was 26 when he made his shock decision to quit.

Every sport has them, prodigious talents who flew too close to the sun, destroying their chances of joining the pantheon of mega-greats.


Japanese sports fans are hoping teenage golfer Ryo Ishikawa does not join the growing list, just two months after making his major debut at April’s U.S. Masters.

The 17-year-old has struggled since his fame has soared beyond the confines of Japan, while his face continues to be splashed across commercials for everything from chocolate bars to language schools and celebrities trip over themselves to be photographed next to the Boy Wonder with the ultra-bright smile.

“Adult” celebrity Mika Kano, one half of Japan’s Kano Sisters, famous for their risqué photo books and unfeasibly large breasts, was the latest, begging several questions of the schoolboy, not least, “Don’t you have homework to do?”

Ishikawa’s golf swing is a thing of beauty and he should be a national treasure. As it stands, his handlers need to make sure they don’t make a boob job of his future.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Wow, I think this article is poorly written with bad taste.You dont even know what your talking about. Ive met Ryo myself.

Posted by golfgal | Report as abusive

Everything amongst the Japanese is a racial competition to prove the superiority of the Yamatos for some reason.

Memo to the author of this post: Ishikawa is just another overrated export from Japanese sports trying to puff themselves up while playing in a small and largely rigged pond.

The minute they leave the safe confines of their “domestic” tour, they wither.

The Japanese will be hoping to slay the evil American “oni” and come back with Tiger’s head if not in the British Open, then in the near future.

It’s fantasy, but you can never say enough of the Japanese need to prove their racial superiority.

Posted by Terry | Report as abusive

Clearly he does ‘have homework to do’. Author got it spot on. Nice article. Ishikawa seems a bit too much of a poser.
P.S. How did the second post slip through your screening system? It is horribly racist.

Posted by Max | Report as abusive

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