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Hawaiian Teen Starts Nicely in Switzerland

September 06, 2007

Remember Hawaiian teenager Tadd Fujikawa? Youngest boy to play in a U.S. Open when he missed the cut at Winged Foot in 2006. Youngest to make the cut in a PGA Tour event at the Sony Open in January, where he finished tied for 20th.

Then on July 12 he turned professional at age 16. Since then he has missed the cut at the Reno-Tahoe Open and a Canadian Tour event.

Today he's playing in his first European Tour event, the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. That's the tournament where Michelle Wie played and missed the cut alongside the men last year.

According to the Honolulu Advertiser, the 5-foot-1 Fujikawa received round-trip airfare to Switzerland, along with his sponsor's exemption. Temperatures have been right around freezing this week, but it's a little warmer today.

"I really like it here," Fujikawa said Wednesday. "The weather is a little cold for me, but the course is nice and it is really an honor to be playing."

Fujikawa got off to a great start with birdies on two of his first four holes today. You can follow his progress on the European Tour's website.

--Craig Bestrom