Hawaii's Fujikawa makes history at Sony Open
A Hawaiian teenager made history by making a PGA Tour cut -- but it wasn't Michelle Wie.Updated: Jan 13, 2007 13:02 IST
A Hawaiian teenager made history by making a PGA Tour cut -- but it wasn't Michelle Wie.
The diminutive Tadd Fujikawa fired a four-under 66 yesterday at the Sony Open to become the youngest in five decades and also the second youngest player in history to make a cut on the PGA Tour at age 16 years, four days.
"I can't even breathe right now," said Fujikawa. "Making the cut is awesome for me. This is the greatest feeling in the world. I wish everybody could feel what I am feeling right now."
Fujikawa, who delighted the home Hawaiian crowd down the stretch, finished with a flourish with an eagle on 18.
Fujikawa's 36-hole total of three-under 137 was two shots better than the cut at even par. He is tied for 24th with 10 others.
"I love making everybody crazy," said Fujikawa, who turned 16 on Monday. "I was just out here doing my best and if it worked out great.
"I was just trying to stay in moment. I am playing great right now and my game is really solid.
Bob Panasik was the youngest player to make a cut, accomplishing the feat at the age of 15 years, eight months and 20 days at the Canadian Open in 1957.
Fujikawa needed to play the last three holes in even par to make cut and he closed in three-under par.
He just missed a birdie on the 17th and on 18 his approach rolled onto green before he sank a 12-foot eagle putt to get into the weekend action.