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.”
“I can’t wait for the day we all can live without feeling like we’re different and excluded. A time where we don’t have to come out we can love the way we want to love and not be ashamed. We are all human and equal after all. So I dare you…spread love. Let’s do our part to make this world a better place.”
“That was pretty powerful” McCullough said. “It was because that’s just not something you’re used to in the ER. …If they are somebody saved they’re either kicked up to [the intensive care unit] or shipped to MUSC. You may never see them again.”
While five amateurs have already qualified for invitation the next 60 spots will be filled via the World Amateur Golf Ranking. A scary scene at the World Amateur Handicap Championship turned into a heroic moment for a Myrtle Beach golf pro two weeks ago.
Fujikawa came onto the scene as a teenage amateur sensation from Hawaii who qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. He turned pro the following year and made the cut at the Sony Open becoming the youngest player in decades to make a weekend on the PGA Tour.
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!).
“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.
“It sets a new standard in the way we write and interpret the Rules and is central to our efforts to ensure a healthy future for golf. We look forward to continuing that process in the years to come.”
The event takes place April 3-6 with the top women amateurs in the world competing over two rounds at Champions Retreat Golf Club. The top 30 players will then fight for the title at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday the 6th. Their practice round is scheduled for the Friday in-between.
“Every relationship goes through its ups and downs but most importantly we love each other very much and are committed to being a family. Thank you for your love and support” he wrote.
The 21-second video shows Mickelson leaning over a rifle (and sporting a U.S. Ryder Cup hat). “Twelve-hundred-fifty yards” he said. “Slight crosswind.” Boom! The 48-year-old then slowly turns his head toward the camera. “Nailed it” he said. The Ryder Cup will be played in France for the first time ever in just a few weeks.
“I’ve been back and forth for a while about opening up about my sexuality. I thought that I didn’t need to come out because it doesn’t matter if anyone knows. But I remember how much other’s stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope.