Ryo Ishikawa shot a 12-under 58 – the lowest score ever on a major tour – to win The Crowns on Sunday in Togo, Japan, for his seventh Japan Tour title.
Ishikawa, 18, tapped in for par on the par-4 18th after his 15-foot birdie try slid inches by the cup. He had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round on the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf Club course.
After opening with rounds of 68, 70 and 71 to fall six strokes behind third-round leader Shigeki Maruyama, Ishikawa birdied nine of the first 11 holes Sunday. He added birdies on Nos. 14-16 and closed with two pars to finish at 13-under 267, five strokes ahead of Hiroyuki Fujita and Australia’s Paul Sheehan.
Ishikawa broke the Japan Tour record of 59 set by Masahiro Kuramoto in the first round of the 2003 Acom International. On the PGA Tour, Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval share the record at 59. Annika Sorenstam also had a 59 on the LPGA Tour.
All the buzz about Rory McIlroy came to life at the Quail Hollow Championship with one dazzling shot after another in a record round that made him the PGA Tour’s youngest winner since Tiger Woods.
Explosive as ever, the 20-year-old from Northern Ireland was 5 under over the final five holes in Charlotte, N.C., to set the course record at 10-under 62 and win by four shots over Masters champion Phil Mickelson (68). McIlroy finished in style, rolling in a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and thrusting his fist into the air.
Woods, who missed the cut this week, was 20 years, 10 months when he won his first PGA Tour title in Las Vegas in 1996. McIlroy turns 21 on Tuesday.
Ai Miyazato won the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico, for her third LPGA Tour title of the season, sharing the spotlight with Lorena Ochoa in the Mexican star’s final event before retiring.
Miyazato, the 24-year-old Japanese star who swept the season-opening events in Thailand and Singapore after winning the Evian Masters last year in France for her first LPGA Tour title, shot a 6-under 67 to finish at 19-under 273.
Stacy Lewis (66) was a stroke back, and Michelle Wie (68) was third at 17 under. Ochoa, the winner three of the last four years, shot a 71 to finish sixth at 12 under.
Ochoa has held the No. 1 ranking since April 2007. LPGA projections show she will lose it when the rankings come out Monday, with Jiyai Shin taking over. Shin won in Japan on Sunday. Ochoa is likely to drop to No. 2, with Miyazato moving to No. 3.
David Eger won the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss., for his first Champions Tour title since 2005, closing with a 3-under 69 in rainy, windy conditions for a one-stroke victory.
Eger, the 58-year-old former USGA and PGA Tour executive who was a longtime amateur star, made a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to take a two-stroke lead, an extra stroke he needed after bogeying the 18th to finish at 11 under. Tommy Armour III shot a 67 to finish second.
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