Ryo Ishikawa, the 17-year-old Japanese golfing sensation, will be aided by Japanese sports maker Yonex, which cost him 100 million yen (NZ $2.12mnyen) to boost up his shoot to 350 yards during the 2009 season. Ishikawa already had his shot at fame last year when he averaged just over 290 yards off the tee, rated seventh on the Japanese circuit. He became the youngest player to win 100mn in a season on the Japanese men’s tour in 2008 at fifteen years and eight months.
He has become one of the most photographed celebrities in Japan for his pearly white grin, and he is projected to earn at least $US 10 million in the next few years alone. Here comes one more self-made teen celebrity.