HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "I'm feeling pretty good about this week. Just want to go out there and have fun," said local golf pro Tadd Fujikawa.
That was Fujikawa talking about his expectations at the Sony Open. Fujikawa burst on the scene three years ago making the cut just four days after his 16th birthday.
He made the cut again last year and in the process wowed the crowd by firing a sizzling eight under par 62 in the third round.
Fujikawa's first round this year begins at 8:40 Thursday morning on the 10th tee. He's hoping to make the cut for the third time four tries.
"If you start well it gives you some good momentum going into the rest of the year and you know, hopefully you can kind of continue playing well and that's kind of what my goal is. You know, I want to get off to a good start here and try to keep working my way up," Fujikawa said.
Several guys who've already been to the mountain top participated in today's Pro Am at Waialae.
20-time tour winner Davis Love was there. Two-time major winner John Daly was showing off his flashy pants and trimmer waste line. And last year's Sony champ and for former Masters winner Zach Johnson played in the Pro Am.
He's eager to defend his title, saying Wednesday Waialae fits his game well.
"I mean it's a classic golf course where fairways are a premium," Johnson said. "The greens are not overly big. They are holding right now, but I mean they can get firm. And you know everything comes down to the flat stick, so this is more my, in my opinion, this is more my type of golf course."
Of course, you won't see Tiger Woods at the Sony Open. He regularly skips the event and this year, Woods is taking that indefinite leave from the PGA tour while he deals with family matters.
"I think it's a blow to the game and the PGA Tour," said PGA golfer David Toms. "Obviously we'd like to get him back as soon as we can. He creates a following of the tour and just the fan fare and it's great for our TV ratings and the sponsors who put up big dollars for us to play for. So it's a big part of our tour and certainly he's missing right now. I hope he comes back soon."
There may be no Tiger and no Phil Mickelson this week, but there is a strong field at the Sony.
All four current major winners are here.
Angel Cabrera, who beat Kenny Perry in a playoff to win the Masters is here. So is Lucas Glover who won the US Open at Beth Page Black.
Stuart Cink tamed Turnberry to win the British Open. He's here in search of his seventh tour win.
And Korean Y.E. Yang, who stunned everyone by beating Tiger to win the PGA Championship, is at Waialae this week.
The star-studded field begins play early Thursday.
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