Hawaii’s new golf phenom

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A birdie-par-eagle finish gave Tadd Fujikawa a four under par 66, making him the youngest player to make the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

His accomplishment made the front page headlines in the Hawaii newspapers.

Tadd Fujikawa is lucky to be here.

We’re not talking about the Sony Open. That wasn’t luck at Waialae Country Club yesterday. That was skill.

He’s lucky to be here, as in alive and breathing. When he was born, the doctors told Fujikawa’s parents it was about 50 percent that he would make it, Tadd said. A coin flip.

He was born 3 1/2 months early and weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. Yesterday, 16 years later, Fujikawa survived again — this time with the golf world watching.

With an electric smile and precocious shot-making skill bursting from his 5-foot-1-inch frame, Fujikawa fired a 4-under-par 66 at Waialae Country Club. Coupled with his first-round 71, it gave him a place in PGA and Hawaii golf history and the hearts of anyone who loves the underdog.

Tadd Fujikawa finished the tournament five under par, tied for the top twenty. The Golf Channel’s Nick Price told Fujikawa that his game is good enough for the PGA, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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