Ishikawa to Donate '11 Earnings to Japan
By mustang6560 on 3/31/11
Bubba Watson, K.J. Choi and a few other PGA Tour players earned a "tip of the hat" from me last week for donating money to the relief effort in Japan. While donating $50k and $100k is noteworthy, how about pledging to donate all of your earnings for the entire 2011 season?
Golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa says he is giving all of his tournament earnings this year to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan.

Kyodo News reported Wednesday that the 19-year-old Ishikawa also is pledging money for every birdie he makes. If he plays similar to last year, Ishikawa could wind up giving more than $2 million toward relief efforts.
Ryo's donation says two things to me: 1) Ryo cares deeply for his homeland and wants to do more than donate "something off the top"; 2) He's so confident in his game that he knows he's going to be playing good golf for years to come so he can afford to not keep any of his tournament earnings.

It's not everyday you see someone contribute such a (potentially) large amount of money. Granted, it's still early in the season. But, if he plays like he did last year he'll be donating a large sum of money.

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Banker85 says:
ya it is awesome to see from such a young guy too. Wise beyond his years. He is going to be one to really watch out for once he starts playing the PGA tour more. (hopefully will)

Still how much money does a 19 year old really need?
mustang6560 says:
Depends on how much of a snob ass he is...
bkuehn1952 says:
That is a great gesture.
sigmapete1 says:
Can't wait to hear the first comment bashing this guy for attention seeking or something like "yeah but he makes so much in endorsements anyway."

However, I will say that Ryo has just got himself one more fan.
Werepuppie says:
That is a great gesture by the young man.It is also a win/win situation for him because when word gets out about what he did,sales equipment and other things he endorses will soar.
Kurt the Knife says:
Arigato,YO! neh?
Panerai111 says:
Very cool.
cjgiant says:
See any of my comments on previous post :). Good for all involved, I truly hope.
SD Charlie says:
@mustang - after a move like this, I think it's fair to say he's not too much of a snob-ass. I'll certainly be pulling for him to win this year.
Torleif Sorenson says:
That goes double for me. Besides, even if he wins only one event this year, he'll get the usual two-year exemption, plus he'll qualify for invitation to the Masters -- so his place on tour is pretty well secure. (He made the 2011 Masters because of his place the final 2010 World Ranking Top 50.)

Go, Ryo!
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