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Japan's teen golf star warned not to follow Tiger's example

india Updated: Dec 14, 2009 23:18 IST
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Japanese teen golf star Ryo Ishikawa, the country's youngest-ever top earner, has been advised by senior players not to follow the example of scandal-hit Tiger Woods.

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki, who holds the Japan Tour record of 94 wins, played a round with Ishikawa today in a celebrity charity tournament in Chiba, outside Tokyo, as Woods' affairs continued to dominate world news.

"He (Ishikawa) is the top money earner and he is just 18. There may be little possibility that we will see someone like him in the future," Ozaki, 62, told a news conference with the youngster after the event. "I have nothing much left to tell him. But, well, there is one thing I want to tell Ryo: 'Beware of women,'" Ozaki said, drawing laughter from the floor and Ishikawa.

The high school student replied with a coy smile: "Mr (Tsuneyuki) Nakajima said the same thing to me." Ishikawa played in an event on Sunday with "Tommy" Nakajima, 55, who finished third in the 1988 US PGA Championship and who has 48 Japan Tour wins to his name.

Ishikawa has described Woods, 33, as his idol since childhood and expressed his desire to win the US Masters by the age of 20. He has already played with Woods after making his US PGA debut this year.