Ryo Ishikawa earned his seventh U.S. Open start by earning the third and final spot at the Ibaraki Golf Club 36-hole final qualifier in Japan on May 22. Known in his native Japan as the "Bashful Prince," Ishikawa burst onto the scene with a lot of fanfare when he captured the 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup on the JGT as an amateur at the age of 15 years, 8 months. He turned professional a year later and quickly won another JGT event. By 2009, he was competing in PGA Tour events with a best finish of 71st in the Transitions Championship outside of Tampa, Fla. Of his 19 worldwide victories, 18 have come in Japan. He is still seeking a breakthrough performance in a major, with his best finish a tie for 20th in the 2011 Masters. Ishikawa represented the International Team in the 2009 and 2011 Presidents Cups, and has represented Japan twice in the World Cup (2013 and 2016). He did tie for eighth in the 2015 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.