Friday, June 16, 2006
U.S. Open - Flash from the Present
If you're watching the U.S. Open this weekend, look for the youngest player, 15 year old Tadd Fujikawa. He's one of those great-strength-from-weakness stories. He was born extremely premature (less than 2 lbs, 3 1/2 months premature) and given only a 50-50 chance to survive. His parents would told he would probably have mental disabilities, and he even required an ostomy bag as an infant because his intestines were too immature.
Now he's a judo champion and the youngest U.S. Open player since 1941. When his mother was asked about his secret to current success, she just said, "He practices a lot. He eats and sleeps golf."
SI.com: Youngest U.S. Open Player - Once a Preemie