Fujikawa Notches First Pro Win at Mid-Pacific Open

Tadd Fujikawa
Tadd Fujikawa

There were several questions heading into Sunday's final round of the Mid-Pacific Open. But it seemed there was no question on who would win.

Moanalua junior Tadd Fujikawa had a commanding 7-stroke lead. All there was left, was how big the final margin of victory would be, and if he would break the course record.

No course record for Tadd. But his 4-over 76 was good enough for something even more historic -- tournament victory number one.

With a short tap in putt, 17-year old Fujikawa marks several milestones in his young professional career.

"First cut as a pro, first win as a pro, so feeling pretty good," said Fujikawa.

He blew away the competition, winning the 50th Mid Pacific Open by seven strokes.

"I knew that I could play well here," he said. "I'd think it'd be a little closer to the field, but it makes it easier on myself having a big lead like that."

Tadd shot 14-under in the first three rounds, good for a seven stroke lead. But the final round wouldn't be a leisurely, afternoon stroll, because of firm greens and challenging pins.

"Not only the pin placements, but the wind made it tougher," said Fujikawa. "I didn't make any birdies today. Just pars and bogies, so it was tough, and i think it really showed in the scores."

Of the 46 golfers in the final round, no one was under par and only two shot par. A difficult day for all, but a good lesson on course management for Tadd.

"Being able to control your distance," he said. "Being able to hit it in the right places, and miss it in the right places. I did that pretty well this week. had a few tough chips and stuff, and up and downs. but overall, i think i played pretty well and stuck to my game."

Fujikawa wins $13,500 for the win. He's also the youngest to ever win the Mid Pacific Open.

Tadd is now headed to Japan to play in a tournament this week.