16-year-old Ryo Ishikawa has been struggling a bit in his first season as a professional on the Japan Tour, but he just won the Kansai Open. Although it's not an official JGTO event, his victory there in late August gives him entry into the prestigious Japan Open that'll be taking place in Fukuoka right around my birthday this year.
The Full Metal Archivist informs me that SMAP's Kimutaku struck up a friendship with the "Shy Prince." And he may be getting hooked on golf as a result. She saw a clip on youtube where he confessed that the most pressure he's felt recently came on the golf course, when several groups of middle-aged men were watching him tee off. He said his heart was pounding worse than before any concert he's ever performed in. If that clip--or the one where he outdoes Ai Miyazato--ever gets subtitled in English, I'll post it here!