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Posted on: Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fujikawa tees up in European Masters

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By Brian Creighton
Associated Press

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Tadd Fujikawa

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CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland Another kid from Hawai'i is playing in the European Masters and it's not Michelle Wie.

Sixteen-year-old Tadd Fujikawa hopes to do better than Wie, who missed the cut and finished last in Crans-sur-Sierre a year ago.

Fujikawa dazzled the crowds in January with two rounds of 66 in the Sony Open in Hawai'i, finishing 20th.

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

Temperatures hovered just above freezing, although warmer weather is predicted.

Fujikawa, who was invited to play by the tournament sponsors, said he had not gotten Wie's advice.

"I don't really know her very well," said Fujikawa, a Moanalua High junior. "We see each other once in a while but we never really were, like, friends."

This will be Fujikawa's third tournament as a pro. He missed the cut in two previous events.

Five members of Europe's victorious 2006 Ryder Cup team are at the European Masters, which is the first qualifying event for the 2008 Ryder Cup.

David Howell is still recovering from back problems, Darren Clarke is rusty, Lee Westwood cannot get to grips with his putter, Paul Casey's last round was an 80 and Robert Karlsson is well short of his career-best 2006 form.