Tadd Fujikawa Wins Crowd Favorite At Sony Open

Tadd Fujikawa
Tadd Fujikawa
Garren Chun
Garren Chun

(KHNL) - Tadd Fujikawa, while not in first place, wrapped up the Sony Open the crowd favorite.

Fujikawa is the local 16-year-old who became the youngest player to make a cut on the P-G-A tour in 50 years.

Sunday he finished tied for 20th place.

When Tadd tees off people watch in amazement.

Fan Garran Chun explains, "It's just ridiculous somebody five foot something hitting it 280 yards. Some of the pros are hitting that distance getting paid for it."

Fan Charles Katsuyoshi adds, "Because of his size, the struggles he had as a youth, his stature so small, but he hits the ball a mile."

Tadd drew such a huge crowd it was hard to get close.

Chun says, "Lot of people out here want to watch him not just us trying to make our way through the crowd find a good spot to watch him get good seats up front."

Still he's approachable. He even stops to greet fans, fans from all over the world.

Fan Peter Blissitt wouldn't miss Tadd's performance, "I'm from Waukesha, Wisconsin here visiting friends and came down to see Tadd play, he's just always smiling and just a wonderful kid."

It's been an incredible week for the Fujikawa Ohana.

Tadd Fujikawa concludes, "Everyone in Hawaii has been great supporting me, everybody that has helped me so far is the number one fan in my books."

Tadd's mom Lori Fujikawa says, "I'd just like to thank the State of Hawaii all the people that came out to support Tadd, it really meant a lot to us more than anything else."

He goes back to high school Tuesday morning, "All my friends are cool, they support me and always been very great."

And as for his future, 11 year-old fan Nikolas Deaguiar-Icpan says, "He's a good golfer and i think one day he'll turn pro."

Blisitt sums it up, "Tiger better look out."

Golf experts are predicting Fujikawa will spend his summer break playing in P-G-A events.

Tournament officials say he is a big draw.