The main cause of all the excitement was the presence of 17-year-old Ishikawa, better known as the "Shy Prince", a gifted golfer who is already a hero in Japan. He also happens to be good looking, which might explain the large presence of Japanese females amongst the spectators.
It must have been a marvellous sight for the organisers as the large gallery snaked its way around the course absolutely absorbed by the opening match. Ultimately, the Japanese fans would have been a trifle disappointed as Ishikawa and Taniguchi were the only Asian team to lose yesterday. But they will be back in action today.
Another large crowd was on hand to cheer the Thai pairing of Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng against the Swedish duo of Niclas Fasth and Johan Edfors. When the Thais found the bunker on the first hole, things didn't look very promising, but they quickly turned it around and Thongchai found himself mobbed by fans on the ninth fairway, ending up signing dozens of autographs between shots.
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