Locals Struggle In Round One of Sony Open

WAIALAE COUNTYR CLUB (KHNL) - After captivating the nation last year by becoming the youngest golfer to make a PGA cut in 50 years, some wondered whether or not Honolulu native Tadd Fujikawa would feel the pressure of duplicating his magical performance this year.

"A little bit," said Fujikawa. "But I try not to think of that too much and try take things shot by shot and stick to my game."

Unfortunately, Tadd's best game was not evident today. The Moanalua high school junior finished four over par with at 74. But he doesn't think he's out of the running yet.

"If I can play the way I did today and not make so many careless mistakes, I think i'll be right in there tomorrow and hopefully I can do that, i'm going to do some practicing right now, my ball striking wasn't at where I want it at, so i'm going to work at that a little bit and hopefully i'll be set for that tomorrow," said Fujikawa.

Friday will also be a big day for Punahou senior Alex Ching who's playing as an amateur. He'll try do what Tadd did last year and make the cut, but regardless, he's just happy to be here.

"I just went out there and it was fun being inside those ropes with all those pros and everyone being around. it was an honor," said Ching.

A fun experience for Ching, but a nerve racking one too.

"I was shaking just to put the ball on the tee, I was nervous but it was fun."

Ching finished with a round of 72, two over par. The leader after one round, Korea's KJ Choi, six under par. Dean Wilson put up the best local performance at one-over. Parker McLachlin finishing three over par, Tadd, plus four and Kevin Hayashi pulling up the rear 11-over par.