Young Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa hopes he can give his compatriots hope and encouragement after Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami by performing well at the World Golf Championship event in the United States.
While most eyes will be on the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer at the World Match Play this week, Italian teenager Matteo Manassero will be making his own slice of history in Tucson.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington fired his best score this year to take the halfway lead at the Transitions Championship in Florida, and then claimed he would be happy to be paired with Tiger Woods when the disgraced world No. 1 makes his golfing comeback at the Masters.
Seve Ballesteros has left stand-in captain Jose Maria Olazabal in no doubts regarding his expectations when Europe take on Asia for The Royal Trophy at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok on Friday.