December 15, 2009 / 3:39 AM / in 8 years

Japan's Ishikawa heeds Jumbo's Tiger alert

TOKYO (Reuters) - Record-breaking Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa has been warned to “be careful” about women by his country’s former number one golfer Jumbo Ozaki.

<p>Ryo Ishikawa of Japan tees at the eighth hole during the 2009 HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai November 6, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Ozaki offered his advice to the Japanese order of merit winner in reference to the scandal that has engulfed world number one Tiger Woods, who is taking an indefinite break from the game after admitting to infidelity in his marriage.

The 18-year-old Ishikawa was being interviewed by Ozaki following a practice round before a domestic tournament this week, Japanese media reported on Tuesday.

“I have only one thing I want to say and that’s be careful over women,” Ozaki was quoted as saying in Japan’s Sankei Sports. “If you have any problems, call Tiger.”

Ishikawa gave a polite nod in response.

“(Former top Japanese player) Mr. (Tsuneyuki) Nakajima told me the same thing,” Ishikawa replied with a sheepish grin.

Ishikawa became the youngest player to win a tournament on the Japanese men’s tour as a 15-year-old in 2007 and the youngest to win the money rankings title this season and has lucrative sponsorship deals making him a multi-millionaire.

Reporting by Alastair Himmer; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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