Loch Lomond tames teen star

LOCH LOMOND - Japan teen sensation Ryo Ishikawa compared the horror conditions at the Scottish Open yesterday to the typhoons back home - after he was blown away in his final round.

LOCH LOMOND - Japan teen sensation Ryo Ishikawa compared the horror conditions at the Scottish Open yesterday to the typhoons back home - after he was blown away in his final round.

The 18-year-old hit an eight-over 79 on a day of rain and high winds at the scenic par-71 course on Sunday.

Ishikawa had started the week with a promising 67 and looked to have a reasonable chance of becoming the youngest winner of this European tour event.

But as conditions worsened so did his scores - culminating in yesterday's weather that sent him an untimely reminder of back home.

"The rain and wind were almost like the typoons in Japan," he said.

"So it made it really difficult and it made it hard to play."

Ishikawa began his day at three-over and was keen to put in a good score to boost his confidence ahead of next week's Open Championship at St Andrews.

The youngster famously posted a 58 back in May and while that round was sprinkled with birdies, bogeys were the order of day at Loch Lomond.

He dropped a further five shots in the closing nine holes to end the tournament on 11-over par and well down the leader board.

Last summer at Turnberry, he partnered Tiger Woods and again failed to cope with the Scottish wind and, along with the World Number One, bowed out at the halfway stage.

His experience at Loch Lomond will help him cope with anything next week throws at him. - Sapa-AFP

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