Crans-Montana, Switzerland, 7 September 2007. Sixteen-year-old golf phenomenon Tadd Fujikawa scored a double eagle today, his first ever in a major tournament. Playing in the OMEGA European Masters at the invitation of the title sponsor, the young Hawaiian scored his three-under-par “double eagle” (also known as an albatross) on the 632 yard (575 metre) 9th hole at the Crans-sur-Sierre Club in Crans-Montana.
In accordance with an Omega tradition, Tadd was presented with an Omega Double Eagle chronometer. Adding a special touch to the day, Tadd received his Omega watch from prominent golf fan and former James Bond, Roger Moore.
“I had about 285 yards to the pin on the second shot,” the young player said. “The shot felt really good but I couldn’t see it. I heard a big roar go up from the crowd so I figured it must have gone in the hole. I hit a hole-in-one once at a par-four, but I’ve never done anything like this in a tournament.”
Around the world the Omega Double Eagle Trophy rewards professional golfers for a score of three under par at any hole. Any professional golfer playing on one of the world’s major PGA tours who scores a double eagle is presented with this “trophy” – an Omega Double Eagle chronometer personalised with the golfer’s name and the date of his double eagle engraved on the watch’s self-winding rotor. Tadd Fujikawa is the 26th player to have been awarded this prestigious trophy.
Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega, commented: “Who would have imagined that the youngest player in the field, whom Omega invited especially for the tournament, would score a double eagle on one of Europe’s longest championship holes. It is a spectacular start to a very promising career.”
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