Tadd Fujikawa

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Tadd Fujikawa
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Tadd Fujikawa
Born (1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 23)
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Career
College None
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) eGolf Professional Tour
(joined 2010)
Hooters Tour
(joined 2011)
Professional wins 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 2006
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Tadd Fujikawa (born January 8, 1991) is a Japanese American professional golfer. Playing as an amateur at age 15, he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open, the youngest golfer ever to do so. In 2007, he made the cut in a PGA Tour event at the Sony Open in Hawaii. At the age of 16 years, 4 days, he was, at that time, the second youngest player to ever achieve that feat. As of April 2013, he is the third youngest.

Early life[edit]

Fujikawa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born three months premature and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of survival. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and was so small that he could fit in his grandfather's palm. His parents worried that he would grow up with a mental disability.[1] Partially as a result of his premature birth, at age 18 Fujikawa stood 5 feet 1 inch/1.55 m tall. As of March 2007 he stated his weight was 150 pounds.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

In 2006, Fujikawa qualified for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot by winning the Hawaii sectional qualifier(67-69-136), becoming the youngest player in history to qualify for the tournament. At the U.S. Open, Fujikawa shot 81-77(158) and missed the cut by nine strokes.[3]

Fujikawa made his second PGA Tour start (2006 U.S. Open was the first) at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii, having gained entry by shooting 67 in the Open Qualifier (PGA Tour Exemption Category #17).[4] In the second round of the Sony Open itself, Fujikawa became the youngest player in nearly 50 years to make a PGA Tour cut. A birdie on the 16th hole put him within the cut line, but it was his 15-foot eagle on the 18th hole that was his most memorable shot of the day. With that shot, Fujikawa secured a 4-under-par 66 and made the cut by three shots.[5]

Fujikawa followed up his history-making cut by shooting a second straight 66 in the third round, a score which, on that day, was bettered only by tournament leader Charles Howell III. Fujikawa made a 51-foot birdie on the 11th hole, finishing the third round tied for eighth place, along with Chad Campell and Tom Pernice Jr.[6]

Fujikawa shot 2-over-72 in Sunday's final round,which only included 2 birdies. He finished the tournament tied for 20th place at 5-under-275.[7]

One month after his record-breaking showing at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Fujikawa won the Hawaii Pearl Open, Hawaii's most lucrative local golf tournament, held annually since 1979. Fujikawa was the first amateur since 1992 to win the tournament.[8]

Professional career[edit]

2007[edit]

On July 12, 2007, Fujikawa announced that he would be turning pro. He made his debut at the Reno-Tahoe Open where he missed the cut.[9]

After missing the cut in each of his first three events as a professional, Fujikawa recorded a hole in one on the 17th hole in the first round of this Nationwide Tour event. He went on to shoot 70 and 71 in the first two rounds and missed the cut again, this time by 3 strokes.

In September 2007, he hit an albatross at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland on the European Tour. It was not enough to make the cut though.[10] He also missed the cut at the Children's Miracle Network Classic which was the last official 2007 PGA Tour event.

2008[edit]

On April 20, 2008, Fujikawa made his first cut as a professional and earned his first professional victory by winning the 50th annual Mid-Pacific Open in Hawaii. The Mid-Pacific Open is tournament run by the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Hawaii, with a mixed field of amateurs and professionals, mostly from Hawaii. Fujikawa's final score for the tournament was ten under-par 278. The second place finisher was former PGA Tour tournament winner, 52-year-old David Ishii. At age 17, Fujikawa became the youngest winner in tournament history.[11] The tournament is not affiliated with any organized golf tour and is played mostly by Hawaiian amateurs and professionals, both adults and juniors. Punahou High School seniors Stephanie Kono and Anna Jang also made history at the tournament as the first females to play and Kono was the first female to make a cut. Kono finished 33rd.[12] [13] [13]

2009[edit]

In January 2009, Fujikawa Monday qualified for the Sony Open in Hawaii. He made the cut for the second time in three years, carding 71-69 to make the cut by one shot in blustery conditions. In the third round, he shot an 8-under 62, tying the course record, and moving him to within two shots of the leader. In the fourth round, he shot 73 and finished in a tie for 32nd place. On April 19, 2009, Fujikawa successfully defended his title and earned his second professional win at the 51st annual Mid-Pacific Open. Fujikawa's final score was twelve under par 276. Fujikawa won by nine shots over former PGA Tour tournament winner, David Ishii. In the first week of June, Fujikawa won another local event in Hawaii, the two-round Maui Open. In October, he went to PGA Tour Qualifying School in an attempt to earn his PGA Tour card for 2010. He failed to advance beyond the first stage of the three-stage process, missing the necessary score by six shots.[14]

2010[edit]

In January 2010, Fujikawa missed the cut by six stokes in the Sony Open on the PGA Tour. Shortly after he joined the eGolf Professional Tour, formerly known as the Tar Heel Tour, a developmental golf tour based in Charlotte, North Carolina.[15][16] Fujikawa played in four events in February and March, making the cut in all four, before withdrawing from an event in April, citing a back injury.[16][17] Two days later he said he felt fine saying, "I just slept kinda funny I guess." He accepted an invitation to play in The Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour two weeks later.[18] At The Crowns, he missed the cut by nine strokes. In December, he won the Hawaii State Open.[19]

Education and personal life[edit]

Fujikawa graduated from Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii in June 2009.[20] Fujikawa's father, Derrick Fujikawa, pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking on February 3, 2009.[21] On August 24, 2009 he was sentenced to ten years in prison. He was eligible for parole after one year.[22]

Professional record and earnings[edit]

Results in all tournaments Fujikawa has played in since turning pro in July 2007.

Year Dates Tournament Tour Finish Margin Earnings ($)
2007 Aug 2-5 Reno-Tahoe Open PGA MC 5 from cutline 0
2007 Aug 23-26 Jane Rogers Championship of Mississauga Canadian MC 5 from cutline 0
2007 Sep 6-9 Omega European Masters European MC 7 from cutline 0
2007 Sep 20-23 Albertsons Boise Open Nationwide MC 3 from cutline 0
2007 Oct 11-14 Frys.com Open PGA MC 3 from cutline 0
2007 Oct 25-28 Miccosukee Championship Nationwide MC 2 from cutline 0
2007 Nov 1-4 Children's Miracle Network Classic PGA MC 4 from cutline 0
2007 Nov 22-25 Casio World Open Japan MC 4 from cutline 0
2008 Jan 20-23 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA MC 4 from cutline 0
2008 Feb 7-10 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am PGA MC 12 from cutline 0
2008 Feb 28-Mar 2 Honda Classic PGA MC 10 from cutline 0
2008 Apr 17-20 Mid-Pacific Open none 1 - 13,500
2008 May 1–4 The Crowns Japan T48 13 behind winner 3,042
2008 May 22–25 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup Japan T65 23 behind winner 2,122
2008 Jul 24-27 Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup Japan MC 3 from cutline 0
2008 Jul 31-Aug 3 Sun Chlorella Classic Japan MC 7 from cutline 0
2008 Aug 21-24 KLM Dutch Open European MC 6 from cutline 0
2008 Sep 4-7 Omega European Masters European MC 4 from cutline 0
2009 Jan 15-18 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA T32 10 behind winner 29,237
2009 Feb 6-8 Hawaii Pearl Open none T22 15 behind winner 629
2009 Mar 2-8 Honda Classic PGA T52 13 behind winner 12,805
2009 Mar 12-15 Puerto Rico Open PGA T31 9 behind winner 19,850
2009 Apr 16-19 Mid-Pacific Open none 1 - 14,000
2009 Apr 30-May 3 The Crowns Japan MC 3 from cutline 0
2009 May 14–17 Valero Texas Open PGA MC 4 from cutline 0
2009 June 6–7 Maui Open none 1 - 3,000
2009 July 23–26 Cox Classic Nationwide T15 7 behind winner 11,962
2009 July 30-Aug 2 Sun Chlorella Classic Japan T31 17 behind winner 8,928
2009 Aug 20-23 KLM Open European MC 3 from cutline 0
2009 Sep 9-12 Utah Championship Nationwide MC 1 from cutline 0
2009 Dec 18-20 Hawaii State Open none 6 12 behind winner 2,250
2010 Jan 14-17 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA MC 6 from cutline 0
2010 Feb 17-20 Palmetto Hall Championship eGolf Professional T32 13 behind winner 1,979
2010 Feb 24-26 Savannah Quarters Classic eGolf Professional T39 10 behind winner 1,598
2010 Mar 17-20 Cabarrus Classic eGolf Professional T5 5 behind winner 8,083
2010 Mar 24-27 Golf in Morocco Classic eGolf Professional T25 11 behind winner 2,329
2010 Apr 7-10 The Championship at St. James Plantation eGolf Professional WD n/a 9171
2010 Apr 29-May 2 The Crowns Japan MC 9 from cutline 0
2010 May 20–23 Rex Hospital Open Nationwide MC 2 from cutline 0
2010 May 26–29 The Grand Harbor Open eGolf Professional T38 14 behind winner 1,587
2010 June 2–5 The HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn eGolf Professional MC 1 from cutline 0
2010 June 16–19 Bolle Classic eGolf Professional T8 9 behind winner 5,086
2010 June 23–26 Bushnell Championship eGolf Professional T23 10 behind winner 2,447
2010 July 14–17 The Southern Open eGolf Professional 4 4 behind winner 11,271
2010 July 21–24 Forest Oaks Classic eGolf Professional T15 7 behind winner 3,050
2010 August 4–7 eGolf Tour Championship eGolf Professional 1 - 25,000
2010 Dec 17-19 Hawaii State Open none 1 -- 10,000
2011 Feb 16-18 Members Only Shootout @ Black Bear GC Hooters 8 12 behind leader 2,350
2011 Mar 3-6 Killearn Country Club Classic Hooters MC 4 from cutline 0
2011 Mar 10-13 Harley-Davidson of Ocala Classic Hooters MC 5 from cutline 0
2011 Apr 14-17 Michelob Ultra Class Classic Hooters MC 7 from cutline 0
2011 Apr 21-24 Whitewater Creek Open Hooters MC 4 from cutline 0
2011 Apr 28-May 1 2011 Savannah Lakes Village Classic Hooters MC 2 from cutline 0
2011 May 25–28 Donald Ross Championship eGolf Professional T76 24 behind leader 1,050
2011 Jun 1-4 River Hills Classic eGolf Professional MC 1 from cutline 0
2011 Jun 15-18 Bolle Classic eGolf Professional MC 13 from cutline 0
2011 Jun 22-25 Cowans Ford Open eGolf Professional MC 12 from cutline 0
2012 Jan 12-15 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA T19 6 behind winner 69,025

Margin = strokes behind winner or cutline, not applicable in cases of withdrawal, disqualification or matchplay format.
1Fujikawa made the cut and completed three rounds of the tournament. Under the policies of the eGolf Professional Tour, he was eligible for a portion of the tournament purse.

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2006
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tie
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Youngest ever to make the cut in a PGA Tour event[edit]

Player Age Tournament Finish
Guan Tianlang 14 years, 5 months, 18 days 2013 Masters Tournament 58
Bob Panasik 15 years, 8 months, 20 days 1957 Canadian Open T66
Tadd Fujikawa 16 years, 4 days 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii T20
Justin Thomas 16 years, 2 months, 23 days 2009 Wyndham Championship T78
Matteo Manassero 16 years, 2 months, 29 days 2009 British Open T13
Ty Tryon 16 years, 9 months, 7 days 2001 Honda Classic T39
Jordan Spieth 16 years, 9 months, 24 days 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship T16

Source[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shedloski, Dave (2007-01-13). "FINALLY! The teenager makes a cut!". Golf Channel/AP. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  2. ^ Murray, Steve (2007-03-09). "Everybody Loves Tadd". Midweek Printing. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  3. ^ "2006 U.S. Open Championship - Full Leaderboard". YAHOO. 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ Miller, Ann (2006-12-19). "Moanalua's Fujikawa qualifies for Sony". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Doug (2007-01-13). "Little man Fujikawa is huge hit at Waialae". Associated Press/Yahoo. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  6. ^ Ferguson, Doug (2007-01-13). "Miracle child having dream week in PGA". Associated Press/Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  7. ^ PGA Tour (2007-01-14). "Teens Fujikawa and Wie present quite a contrast at Sony Open". Associated Press/PGA Tour. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  8. ^ Miller, Ann (2007-02-12). "Fujikawa wins Pearl Open by a stroke". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Family supportive of Tadd's 'tough decision'". Honolulu Advertiser. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Golf-Rare albatross for American teenager Fujikawa". Reuters. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (2008-04-21). "Teenager Fujikawa Wins Mid-Pacific Open for First Victory as a Pro". PGA.com. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  12. ^ Tang, Jason (2008-04-18). "History Made at Mid Pacific Open". KHNL. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  13. ^ a b Kwon, Bill (2008-04-03). "50th Mid-Pacific Open attracts historic field". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  14. ^ Q-School already over for Fujikawa
  15. ^ AP (2010-01-19). "Fujikawa headed for another island". Golf.com. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  16. ^ a b "EGolf Professional Tour 2010 - Tadd Fujikawa". eGolf Tour. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  17. ^ "Fujikawa Withdraws". Honolulu Advertiser. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  18. ^ Advertiser Staff (2010-04-15). "Fujikawa to play in Japan". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  19. ^ Fujikawa Wins Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii State Open
  20. ^ http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090621/COLUMNISTS06/906210365/A+Tadd+more+by+others+can+help
  21. ^ Teen Golfer Fujikawa's Father Pleads Guilty Yahoo Sports, February 3, 2009
  22. ^ Tadd Fujikawa's Father Sentenced To Prison
  23. ^ Spieth shoots 68-69 (-3) to make cut
  24. ^ Guan youngest on TOUR to make cut

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