After his one-under round at the Masters, Ryo Ishikawa was startled to hear of the latest earthquake to hit Japan, a 7.1 magnitude quake, which, according to CNN, struck 207 miles from Tokyo at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time, about a half-hour after Ishikawa teed off with Padraig Harrington and Bill Haas on the first hole at Augusta National.
After his round, Ishikawa answered questions from the media behind the 18th green. Asked when he learned of the earthquake, Ishikawa initially thought reporters were asking about the earlier earthquake. Then his eyes widened as he realized that they were talking about a new quake.
“I think I’m worried now,” Ishikawa said through a translator. “We can’t relax.”
In English, he added, “I didn’t know until you told me.”
He said his first phone call would be to some friends in Japan.
Ishikawa announced last week that he would be donating all of his earnings this year to Japanese earthquake relief efforts. He was in the United States during the April 7 earthquake and has not been home since then. Asked when he’d be returning home to Japan, Ishikawa answered, again in perfect English, “Maybe Monday or Tuesday.” More Masters coverage: Live blog | Leaderboard | Photos | Video | Download Front9 app (Photo: Robert Beck/SI)