HONOLULU (AP) — Tadd Fujikawa received a sponsor’s exemption to play the Sony Open, where last year the 16-year-old Hawaiian became the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour.
With all the attention on another Hawaii teen, Michelle Wie, Fujikawa made a 15-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 66 in the second round to make the cut. He went on to tie for 20th, and turned pro earlier this year.
The Sony Open, the first full-field event of 2008, will be held Jan. 10-13 at Waialae Country Club. Fujikawa, a junior in high school, turns 17 on the Tuesday of the tournament.
“Tadd captured our imagination at last year’s Sony Open, and has been an outstanding role model and ambassador for Hawaii,” Gov. Linda Lingle said in making the announcement.
Fujikawa won the Pearl Open in Hawaii this year, but he has yet to make the cut in two Nationwide Tour event and two PGA Tour events since turning pro. He plans to play in the Casio World Open later this month.
Still waiting for an exemption is Wie, who has never made the cut in seven PGA Tour starts. Wie, now in her freshman year at Stanford, has an endorsement contract with Sony.