Ishikawa, 17, will be the second youngest golfer to play in the Masters. Tommy Jacobs holds the record at 17 years, 1 month and 21 days. Ishikawa will be 17 years, 6 months and 23 days when the tournament begins.
At a young age, Mr. Ishikawa has shown the skill and competitiveness to make him a deserving recipient of this invitation, Payne said in a prepared statement. We see this as an opportunity to expose an emerging talent on a world stage and fulfill our objective to grow the game. I am optimistic that his participation in the Masters will inspire younger players and increase interest in golf in Asia and beyond.
Ishikawa is a member of the Japan Golf Tour and is currently ranked 60th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The 2009 Masters will be held April 6-12.