Callaway Golf Signs 21-Year Old Japanese Sensation Ryo Ishikawa

Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:01am EST

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CARLSBAD, Calif.,  Jan. 10, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:
ELY) today announced the signing of  Ryo Ishikawa  to a multi-year contract.
Ishikawa, a ten-time winner on the Japanese Tour by the age of 21, joins
Callaway as a full staff professional to play the Company's cutting-edge
equipment, including its new RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver and the Odyssey putters
Ishikawa has relied on throughout his career, including nine of his professional
victories. Beyond the equipment, the  Saitama, Japan  native will wear
Callaway-branded apparel, caps, gloves and footwear. Terms of the contract will
not be disclosed.  

"I am very happy to join the Callaway team," said  Ryo Ishikawa. "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."

In May of 2007, when Ishikawa was just 15 years and eight months old, he became
the youngest golfer to win a men's tournament on the Japan Golf Tour, winning
the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup. Since then his rise to golf stardom in  Japan  has
been swift and steady. Ishikawa turned professional in 2008 and by the end of
that season, he became the youngest player to break into the top 100 of the
Official World Golf Rankings. He went on to dominate the 2009 season in  Japan.
With four wins on Tour, he was the leading money winner on Tour and was named
the Japan GTO MVP. In September of that year, Ishikawa became the youngest
golfer to ever reach the top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings.

"Ryo is an exciting, young international talent who has proven he can compete
and win at the highest level," said  Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive
Office, Callaway Golf. "And not only is he an accomplished golfer, Ryo is an
extraordinary and generous young man. We are proud that he has chosen our
products for their exceptional performance, and we are excited to welcome Ryo to
Team Callaway."

Ishikawa played several events on the PGA Tour for the first time in 2009. He
caught the attention of the American golfing community at the 2010 U.S. Open,
however, where his pink attire and low scores piqued interest in the Japanese
phenom. His best major performance came at The Masters in 2011, where he
finished T20. Further endearing him to the golfing public across the globe,
Ishikawa announced in  March 2011  that he would donate his 2011 tour earnings -
plus an additional  100,000 yen  for every birdie he made - to the  Japan 
earthquake relief efforts.

Ryo Ishikawa  officially became a member of the PGA Tour in  March 2012. His
first event in 2013 as a Callaway staff professional will be the Humana
Challenge in  La Quinta, Calif., followed by the Farmers Insurance Open in  San
Diego, Calif.

About Callaway Golf   
Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY)
creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf
Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf
accessories under the Callaway Golf and Odyssey brands in more than 110
countries worldwide. For more information please visit  or

Scott Goryl    
Callaway Golf Company     


SOURCE  Callaway Golf Company
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