CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland, Sept 7 (Reuters) - American teenager Tadd Fujikawa missed the cut at the European Masters on Friday despite signing off in spectacular style with the tour’s third albatross of the season.
The diminutive 16-year-old from Honolulu holed out with a 285-yard second shot at the 628-yard ninth, his final hole, after a majestic three wood.
Australian Gavin Flint and Frankie Minoza of the Philippines were the other players to record an albatross this season.
Last year Fujikawa became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Open. This season he also became the second youngest to make a PGA Tour cut in 50 years.
Sadly his debut in a regular European Tour event ended with a disappointing 10-over-par total after rounds of 77 and 75.
“I was playing so badly and nothing was going right, then the double-eagle,” Fujikawa told reporters. “I couldn’t see it drop but I heard it go in.
“Playing in Europe was a great experience but I’ve never experienced this kind of weather before ... it was cold.”
Fujikawa’s albatross followed Italian Alessandro Tadini’s hole-in-one at the short third which earned a 1-kg gold ingot worth 12,000 pounds ($24,260).