Fujikawa gets Puerto Rico Open sponsor's exemption

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February 07, 2009
PGA TOUR Staff

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular announced that 18-year-old Honolulu native Tadd Fujikawa has received a sponsor's exemption to play in the event March 9-15 at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande.

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Playing as an amateur at age 15, Fujikawa qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open, the youngest golfer ever to do so. In 2007, he made the cut in the Sony Open in Hawaii, becoming the second-youngest player in PGA TOUR history to achieve that feat (16 years, 4 days).

In January 2009, Fujikawa Monday qualified for the Sony Open in Hawaii. He made the cut for the second time in three years, carding 71-69 to make the weekend by one shot. In the third round, he shot 8-under 62, tying the course record, and moving him to within two shots of the leader. He finished tied for 32nd.

Even more impressive is the fact that Fujikawa was born three months premature and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of survival. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and was so small that he could fit in his grandfather's palm.

"Tadd is a not only a great young player, he is a great example to the youth of Puerto Rico for whom the Tournament is dedicated to" said Sidney Wolf, Chairman of the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular. "Tadd has overcome a great deal to get where he is today. He plays with a great deal of enthusiasm, and we look forward to him playing in Puerto Rico."

Fujikawa, along with the Tournament's Ambassador -- Puerto Rico's own Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez -- will be giving the Tuesday Junior Clinic the week of the tournament.

Proceeds from the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular benefits United Ways of Puerto Rico, a charity that allows for the development of initiatives that are benefiting children and young adults who reside in the local community. For ticket information please call (787) 993-0880 or log onto: www.puertoricoopen.net.

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