Ishikawa, Immelman added to Greenbrier Classic list
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Classic's commitment list grew with two name players Thursday night, including one of Japan's most popular athletes.
Ryo Ishikawa has declared his intention to play at the Old White TPC next week, along with South African Trevor Immelman. Immelman will become a four-time Classic participant.
The number of commitments has grown back to 151 after four dropouts and two additions earlier Thursday. The official deadline is 5 p.m. today, with the field formally announced shortly thereafter.
Ishikawa owns 12 victories in Japan, his first coming in 2007 at age 16, but he has yet to win on the PGA Tour. He finished second in the 2012 Puerto Rico Open and owns two career top-10 finishes in World Golf Championships events, but has just one top-10 this year. His world ranking has fallen from No. 75 to a current 132.
Regardless of his struggles in the U.S., he has been likened to a rock star in Japan, and typically draws a sizable media contingent from his home country.
Immelman won the 2008 Masters and led after the first round of the 2011 Classic before finishing 14th. Since then, he has struggled, just making the FedExCup top 125 last year and currently sitting 139th. His ninth-place finish at the Heritage in South Carolina has been more than negated by missing four cuts in his last five outings.
He joins another South African in the field, Louis Oosthuizen. The 2010 British Open winner's commitment was announced Wednesday.
Other additions Thursday were Bud Cauley and Si Woo Kim. Dropping off the list were world top-100 players Sang-Moon Bae and Chris Kirk, along with Kevin Southerland and Kevin Stadler.
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