As a teenager, Tadd Fujikawa became a nationwide sensation at the Sony Open.
He made the cut in Kahala at the age of 16, and posted three top-30 finishes by the age of 20.
On Monday, the Moanalua graduate qualified for Oahu’s lone PGA tour stop — the sixth in his career. Now 25 years old, Fujikawa is looking to secure a fourth payday in paradise.
“It’s always nice to be able to know that I earned my way in this week. I’m just going to go out there and have fun,” he said. “I’m still on cloud nine. It’s very exciting for me.
“I have so many good memories here and hopefully I’ll make more, obviously,” he added. “I’ve enjoyed being here over the years and it’s always nice to be back.
“It’s been 10 years since my first Sony, and just thinking about that, it really does make me feel — I try not to think about it — but man, it’s crazy.”
This week’s field at the Sony Open in Hawaii consists of 144 players. The first 140 are below with the last four being determined in open qualifying.
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Winner – PGA/U.S. Open Championship
Winner – British Open
Winner – TOUR Championship
Winner – World Golf Championship Event
Winners of the Arnold Palmer Inv. & the Memorial (Last 3 Years)
Winner – FedExCup – Last Five Seasons
Tournament Winner in Past Two Seasons
Billy Hurley III
Si Woo Kim
Career Money Exemption
Sponsors Exemptions – Web.com Tour Finals
Sponsors Exemptions – Members not otherwise exempt
Sponsors Exemptions – Unrestricted
Designated Sponsor Exemption
Commissioner Exemption – 2 Foreign Players
PGA Section Champion\Player of the Year
Past Champion of Respective Event
Top 125 on Prior Season’s FedExCup Points List
Charles Howell III
Harold Varner III
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Top 125 on Prior Season’s Official Money List thru Wyndham
Top 125 (Prior Season Nonmember)
Major Medical Extension
Leading Money Winner from Web.com Tour & Web.com Tour Finals
Top 10 and Ties from the Previous Event
Cheng Tsung Pan
Top Finishers from Web.com Tour Prior Season (reordered)
Miguel Angel Carballo