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Ishikawa takes special membership on Tour

Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa has decided to take special temporary membership on the PGA Tour, which allows him to accept as many sponsor exemptions as he wants for the rest of the 2012 season.

The 20-year-old was runner-up in the Puerto Rico Open two weeks ago. With $582,471 in earnings so far this season, Ishikawa has already bypassed No. 150 on the 2011 PGA Tour money list, thereby allowing him to add six additional events to his tour schedule.

Non-members are only allowed to play up to 12 events per year (seven can be sponsor exemptions), so this definitely gives Ishikawa the chance to play his way onto the tour next season.

The next goal for Ishikawa is to make as much as the player who ends the year at No. 125 on the money list. That would allow him to become a full member next year.

He is set to play this week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. He also has received a special invitation to the Masters.

Ishikawa accepted temporary membership last season but never ended up playing in another PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

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