Ishikawa set to follow up

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: November 14 2012, 15:02 GMT

Ryo Isihikawa should be followed now he has regained the winning touch in this week's Dunlop Phoenix says our David John.

Ishikawa: Regained the winning thread

There are some big names taking advantage of events in Japan and Australia this week while the European Tour takes in Hong Kong and South Africa.

A red-hot Ian Poulter defends his Talisker Masters title at Kingston Heath in Melbourne and he shares market favouritism with Adam Scott at 4/1.

Graeme McDowell is 15/2 and it is 16/1 bar outside this trio which brings in veterans Richard Green, Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby from the home contingent.

The rest of the field are made up of the rank and file from the domestic tour Down Under and to put it mildly, are not in the same league currently to the likes of Poulter and Scott.

We saw three weeks ago in Perth that Jason Dufner and Bo Van Pelt were a street ahead of the hosts and a similarly inevitable outcome looks on the cards here.

Could there be a shock as someone emerges at three-figure odds to trump the big names? Of course there could but I doubt it.

But at the prices, I am quite happy to let Poulter and Scott go off at their current odds and no bet is the suggestion.

I do have more of an interest in the Dunlop Phoenix where Luke Donald is the favourite at 4/1.

The opposition looks much more credible here and I think that back-to-form Ryo Ishikawa is an each-way bet to nothing at 14/1.

The Japanese starlet is still only 21 but has 10 Tour wins in his own country, including the first one back in 2008 when he was just 17 years old.

He went on to finish second in this event in the same year and he should return to the tournament with a flourish having ended a two year winless drought at last week's Taiheiyo Masters.

Ishikawa had a one-stroke lead going into the final round and he converted his opportunity with a closing 68.

"I had long lost the taste, or the feeling of victory, so I feel strange. I'm happy but don't really feel it," a tearful Ishikawa told reporters afterwards.

"I really believed that if I kept practicing, I would get better," Ishikawa added. "Today showed that I wasn't wrong."

He has also been boosted by the news that he has earned a PGA Tour card for 2013 and all that momentum means he must have every chance of making a big impact this week.


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