Tadd Fujikawa has inspired golf fans since he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at just 15 years old. He’s now breaking new ground off the course. On Tuesday Fujikawa became the first professional golfer to come out publicly as gay hoping to serve as “an inspiration and making a difference in someone’s life.”
Harry Whitt 65 was playing in the event when he collapsed under cardiac arrest on the 15th hole of Indian Wells Golf Club. Whitt’s playing partners sprang into motion calling 911. According to this feature story they also called the pro shop where they reached assistant pro Bobby McCullough.
“So…I’m gay” he wrote. “Many of you may have already known that. I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.
“Whether the LGBTQ is what you support or not we must liberate and encourage each other to be our best selves whatever that may be. It’s the only way we can make this world a better place for future generations.
The Rules of Golf have long been ridiculed for their strictness and ambiguity but this stands as a positive step for clarity on how the game is governed. Also included in the Player’s Edition are colored diagrams for further context and clarification.
The report comes from reporter Alan Blondin who spoke with Whitt McCullough and another assistant pro at the course. “I did not feel a pulse on Mr. Whitt so I began and took over compressions at that point” McCullough told Blondin. “As time elapsed I did regain a pulse and was able to feel it and sustain it.”
“I’m so glad that I came out” Fujikawa told Outsports. “I can finally be the best version of me.” Dustin Johnson addressed rumors about his relationship with fiancée Paulina Gretzky in a tweet on Tuesday night.
The post came several days after Gretzky deleted photos of Johnson from her Instagram account leading to speculation from a series of tabloids on the pair’s relationship.
“While we aim to stage a first-class championship our motivation goes beyond the scores posted between the ropes” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a press release.
What’s really on the minds of the best golfers in the world? In the polite confines of the PGA Tour it’s often hard to know. Until now. With the goal of letting players let it fly we granted them anonymity and picked their brains on a wide range of hot-button topics (cheating on Tour! Tiger v. Phil! Brandel Chamblee!).
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As part of newest rollout the USGA and R&A combined to create a “Player’s Edition” to make the Rules easier and quicker to understand. You can view the Player’s Edition here where each rule is included with purposes for each. The intuitive set of rules is grouped into 10 categories such as Bunkers and Putting Greens Lifting and Returning a Ball to Play Penalty Relief and more.