JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Ryo Ishikawa patiently waded through his daily, ritualistic post-round chat with the Japanese media, which took about 20 minutes.
Then it was time for the English-speaking media to pepper him with questions. The 19-year-old did the best he could.
After all, in any language, it's hard to explain a 15-over-par 85.
After splashing six balls into the water, the Japanese teen became the butt of more than a few jokes in the first round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
He almost shot the temperature. Surprisingly, the bullet-train wreck comes just four days after easily his best showing in the States, a strong T4 performance last week at the Bridgestone Invitational.
"My practice rounds went very well," he said through an interpreter. "Since yesterday, there's a difference in my swing."
Ishikawa started poorly and it only got worse. He had an astounding six double-bogeys on the card, and as the afteroon wave was playing, his score was the worst of the day by four strokes.
"This is the last major tournament [of the year]," he said. "When I went to the second hole and hit my ball in the water, I felt stiffer and stiffer."
That certainly wasn't from the stifling Atlanta heat, which was in the 90s by about 11 a.m. ET.
"This is the first time I have hit so many in the water," he said.
Remarkably, this was the second straight round in succession in which Ishikawa posted in the 80s at a major. He shot 80 in the second round of the British Open last month and missed the cut.