International captain Greg Norman also picked Adam Scott , perhaps a bigger surprise because the 29-year-old Australian is going through his worst year as a professional and has slipped to No. 53 in the world ranking.
Ishikawa has won four times in the last calendar year, including the Fujisankei Classic on the Japan Golf Tour last week to move up to No. 47.
U.S. captain Fred Couples used his two picks on U.S. Open champion and former Clemson star Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan . They also were captain's picks for the Presidents Cup two years ago.
The Presidents Cup will be played Oct. 8-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco.
PEBBLE IN EUROPE: Brett Quigley missed by one spot advancing in the FedEx Cup playoffs. His next stop is Europe, although not because he has nowhere else to play. He was looking forward to this even before the playoffs began.
Quigley and Brad Faxon will head to Scotland the first week of October for the Dunhill Links Championship, the European Tour's version of Pebble Beach. It's a pro-am held at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarn. It helps that they were allowed to choose their partner, so Quigley is taking Tom Haggerty , while Faxon is taking Paul Salem .
THANKS, YANG: Charlie Wi , who was born in South Korea and moved to California when he was 10, needed another South Korean to be ranked inside the top 100 to be his partner in the World Cup. Then Y.E. Yang won the PGA Championship. They will play at Mission Hills in China the week of Thanksgiving.
GRADUATION DAY: The LPGA Tour picked up 10 new members for 2010 now that the Futures Tour season is over. The top 10 players from its money list earned their cards for next year, with 19-year-old Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., leading the list.
The 10 graduates include Jean Reynolds , who was in contention most of the week at the U.S. Women's Open. Also moving up is Alison Walshe , who went to three colleges (Boston College, Tulane and Arizona) and was 5-0 in the Curtis Cup at St. Andrews.