By Reid Shimizu
KAHALA (KHNL) - Like a golfer trying to read the greens on a critical putt, Tadd Fujikawa said Tuesday's announcement to forego his amateur status and turn pro, was a careful, thought out decision.
"It was really hard for us to do this and to make this decision that i'm going to turn pro," Tadd said. "As of now there's no going back."
Looking back, its only been a little over year since Fujikawa entered the national spotlight.
in June of last year, he became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Open.
Then in January, he stole the spotlight from Michelle Wie at the Sony Open, finishing 20th.
"You know it just kind of showed me i can compete against the best players in the world," he said. "I felt really ready and i felt really confident and hopefully i can do well."
However the lure of fame and glory does come with a price.
Michelle Wie is already dealing with the pressures of performing, something Tadd had to consider.
"Does it give people tadd's age, pause about thinking about this, I think so," said Tadd's agent Kevin Bell, "Its just a little bit overwhelming, and i think Tadd took into consideration some of the what-if's."
For now the only 'if' on Tadd's mind, is 'if' he'll reach the top of the sport.
"I think its every golfers dream to be the best in the world, and that's always been my dream to be on tour and be the best," Tadd said "I'm not saying i'm going to do it in a year but hopefully in the long run i will be the best in the world."
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