Notes 15-Year-Old Has a Ball Despite Shooting 81

By Associated PressJune 15, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenMAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The kid wore a big smile, even after shooting an 81 that didnt include a single birdie. Tadd Fujikawa made history at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and it had nothing to do with a lackluster round that included three double bogeys.
The USGA initially said the Hawaii high-schooler would be the second-youngest player to participate in an Open, behind only Tyrell Garth Jr., who played in 1941.
But after contacting Garth at his home in Texas on Wednesday, the USGA had to amend the record book. Turns out Garth was 15 years, 11 months and 27 days when he played. Thats actually older than Fujikawa, who is 15 years, 6 months, 7 days.
Tadd Fujikawa
Tadd Fujikawa became the youngest player to tee it up in the history of the U.S. Open.
Fujikawa, who stands 5-foot-1 and weighs about 135 pounds, officially put his name in the record book when he teed off at 9:12 a.m.
He four-putted No. 1 en route to a double bogey and added three more 6s after that before walking off the course with absolutely no complaints.
It was a lot of fun out there, actually, he said. I hit a lot of great shots. I think I missed a couple of drives that cost me a couple of double bogeys, (but) my score didnt really tell how my day went.
The point was that he was a 15-year-old playing in the U.S. Open, and that in itself was reason to be proud.
Just being here and having the crowd behind you and supporting you, its a really good feeling, he said. Its the U.S. Open, so I better have fun. No matter what I shoot, Ill have fun.
Fujikawa said he wasnt nervous, even though hed never before played in front of so many people or in such a prestigious tournament.
His mother hung around well after the round and said Tadd wished hed done better.
But hes not down or anything, Lori Fujikawa said. He just wants to get out there tomorrow and try again.
At a time when he could be thinking about getting ready for the Champions Tour, John Cook is playing with the determination of a man half his age.
The 48-year-old Cook shot an impressive 1-over 71, making four birdies in one of the best rounds of the day.
Someone wondered why hes trying so hard to hone his game, when no one would blame him if he coasted until his 50th birthday.
If Im going to try and be competitive on the Champions Tour, Id better be good because I certainly dont want to go out there and just walk around and finish 40th every week, he said.
Cook hates losing, and he has no desire to embarrass himself by entering a tournament without the proper mind-set'or preparation.
Ive been competitive all my life, and Ive beat a lot of those guys a lot of times. Im not going to go out there and sleepwalk my way through it, he insisted. Youd better bring a lot of game with you or theyre going to beat your brains in.
Cook sure brought his game.
I made some quality birdies, he said. I had some opportunities for more, but theres just not much out there.
The number on Thomas Bjorns scorecard was a routine 4 on the par-4 11th hole. It was far from routine, though.
Bjorn blocked his tee shot so far to the right that it went beyond the rough and into the gallery. It struck a waist-high boulder and caromed another 40 yards to the right under a tree. Bjorn couldnt play out under the limbs because he faced 50 yards of mangled grass, so he hit a wedge and hoped for the best, and the ball stopped in the first cut on the opposite side of the fairway.
His third shot was almost as bad as the first, right and well short of the green. Bjorn hung his head as he walked to the ball. But all was well when he chipped across the green and the ball banged the flag and disappeared for par.
At this point, Bjorn started laughing. He finished with a 72.
Andrew Svoboda has been playing Winged Foot since he was 10, but all that experience couldnt have prepared him for what he faced in his first U.S. Open.
As the first player to tee off at No. 1, he received applause that compared to the ovation Phil Mickelson received an hour later at No. 10.
It was something when they announced my name, and then there was such a loud cheer, he said. That definitely got my heart going.
The 26-year-old Svoboda figures he averaged 150 rounds a year at Winged Foot while growing up. That proved of little help in the first round of the Open, when he made nine bogeys and four birdies en route to a 75.
A lot of those pins we dont play in member play, thats for sure, he said.
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

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    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

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    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.