(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 ye...More >>
(KHNL) - Well if you didn't know who Tadd Fujikawa was before now, he's quickly becoming a household name. Fans who've followed his amazing game at the Sony Open are true believers in this young man's...More >>
HONOLULU (KHNL)- Parker McLachlin is back. Dean Wilson is back. And so is Tadd Fujikawa, but this time the 18 year old phenom didn't receive a sponsors exemption, he earned his way into this year's Sony open through winning Monday's qualifying round.
"To earn my way in and to work hard is a really good feeling, I think getting a sponsors exemption is nice but to earn my way in is a good feeling," said Fujikawa.
Just making the field isn't enough for Fujikawa though. He's feeling as confident as he's ever been, and looking to surpass his performance in 2007.
"This is the best I've felt about my game ever, this is the hardest I've ever worked, and I want to go out there do the best that I can and hopefully win," said Fujikawa.
For Tadd to succeed in this week's tournament, it won't be a physical challenge, as much as it will be a mental one.
"Sometimes I try to hard because I know I can do it and backfires, so I want to go out there, play my game, have fun and do the best that I can," said Fujikawa.
And to top it all off, Tadd returns home to play on a course he's familiar with, and in front of people who he cares about.
"It feels awesome to play in front of my home crowd, it's just a really good feeling, seeing family and friends and all my friends, it's just really great," said Fujikawa.
Tadd tees off hole number one at 8:50am on Thursday morning, but he's not the only one to keep an eye out for. Parker tees off the 10th tee at 7:50 in the morning. Dean also begins at the 10th hole four hours later at 11:50.