Japanese star sensation, Ryo Ishikawa, 17, ranked 60th in the world will make PGA tour debut next month.
Ishikawa received a foreign sponsor's exemption on Wednesday that will make his debut at Northern Trust Open, which runs February 16-22 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
Tournament director Tom Pulchinski said, Ryo Ishikawa attracts 'Tiger-like' attention in Asia, and it will be fun for a US audience to see him for the first time at the Northern Trust Open, while fans throughout the world watch him compete against the PGA Tour's best players.
He will also play The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard on March 23-26 at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla. and the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook a week before Bay Hill, but it is not part of his PGA tour debut.
Ishikawa is known as the Shy Prince for his unassuming demeanor, but he already is among the most famous sportsmen in Japan. Along with his first victory as a pro, he has been hailed as the country's next great golfer.