|Ryo Ishikawa, the 21-year-old up-and-coming star from Japan, received his third Masters exemption on Friday. (GettyImages)|
It's safe to say world No. 75
The 21-year-old Japanese star on Friday, along with
This is Ishikawa's third Masters exemption, which prompted a series of fairly snarky tweets from the golf world.
As they say, close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades & Asian golfers getting free pass into Masters (Wiratchant No. 68, Ishikawa 75).— Scott Michaux (@ScottMichaux) January 11, 2013
Ryo Ishikawa appears to be first player to earn lifetime Masters exemption BEFORE winning the green jacket.— Sean Martin (@GolfweekSMartin) January 11, 2013
Wiratchant, of Thailand, won the Asian Tour money title last year and has 15 career titles on tour, a record.
Earlier in the week, Ishikawa became Callaway's newest poster boy -- joining the likes of Nicolas Colsaerts, Gary Woodland, Chris Kirk and Andres Gonzales as 2013 signees. As my man Jonathan Wall pointed out, all five guys are 30 or under.
Ishikawa made the move from Yonex (incidentally, Caroline Wozniacki's sponsor). He had this to say about joining Callaway,
I am very happy to join the Callaway team. I believe the wonderful innovation and support Callaway gives to its many great staff players with help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year.
Yes, this has been a big start to 2013 for Japan's biggest golf star.