Top 10 Players Under 25
By Rick Lipsey
10. Ryo Ishikawa, 16, Japan
The Stats: In May, the 15-year-old high school freshman took the Munsingwear KSB Open and became the youngest player to win on the Japanese Tour. (Seve Ballesteros won the Japan Open at 20.) Overnight, Ryo helped rejuvenate the sagging Japanese Tour, which has dwindled to 24 events from 44 in 1990. Every time Ishikawa plays, he attracts a massive media posse, even in America. Indeed, 70 credentials were issued to Japanese reporters to follow him at the Junior Worlds near San Diego this summer.
The Skinny: So far, Ryo hasn't wilted under the Jordan-esque hype. This summer, the youngster backed up his tour title by taking four amateur events, including the Japan junior.