Wie is upstaged by teenager Fujikawa
History finally arrived at the Sony Open in Honolulu when a teenager from Hawaii made the cut. But it wasn’t Michelle Wie.
Tadd Fujikawa, a 5-foot-1 sophomore who turned 16 on Monday, stole the show with an eagle on the last hole for a four-under-par 66 on Friday, making him the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour.
He walked up to the 18th green to a standing ovation at Waialae Country Club, then made a 15-foot eagle putt.
Wie was wrapping up her news conference after again struggling off the tee on her way to a 76. She missed the cut for the fourth consecutive time at the Sony Open, this time by 14 shots.
Paul Goydos (63) and Luke Donald (66) shared the lead at 11-under 129, but attention shifted to Fujikawa, who was tied for 25th at three-under 137.
The youngest player to qualify for the weekend on the PGA Tour was Bob Panasik at the 1957 Canadian Open when he was 15 years, eight months. Ty Tryon was 16 years, nine months when he made the cut in the 2001 Honda Classic.
Roddick defeats Federer in exhibition tournament
Andy Roddick, 1-12 in his career against Roger Federer, defeated the world’s top-ranked player in an exhibition tournament that doesn’t count on their official records.
Roddick picked up a confidence-boosting 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win today over Federer in the final of the invitational Kooyong Classic at Melbourne, Australia.
Third-seeded Kim Clijsters began her retirement year with a victory, defeating Jelena Jankovic, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4, in the final of the Sydney International. Clijsters, who is expected to retire at the end of 2007, saved a match point in the second set.... Third-seeded David Ferrer won his third career ATP Tour title and his first on hard courts, beating top-seeded Spanish compatriot Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-2, in the Heineken Open at Auckland, New Zealand.... Top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze defeated Vasilia Bardina, 6-3, 7-6 (3), to win the Hobart International in Australia.
Tyson is indicted on drug charges
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was indicted in Phoenix on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.
Tyson, 40, was indicted on felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs.
The charges stem from Tyson’s Dec. 29 arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tyson was pulled over after leaving a nightclub, and an officer found bags of cocaine in his back pocket, according to court records.
The Texas Rangers apologized and paid an undisclosed amount of money to a woman whose nose was broken during a brawl between players and fans at the Oakland Coliseum more than two years ago.
During the Sept. 13, 2004, fight by the Rangers bullpen, reliever Frank Francisco threw a folding chair into the stands. It broke the nose of Jennifer Bueno, whose husband, Craig, was among the hecklers at the game against the Oakland A’s.
Bueno sued Francisco, Doug Brocail, Carlos Almanzar and the Rangers in April 2005. The Rangers then sued Craig Bueno. The suits were dismissed with the settlement.
MRI test on Angels’ Morales is normal
An MRI test on the left knee of Angels first baseman Kendry Morales, who was injured before a winter league game in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, was normal, General Manager Bill Stoneman said.
After conferring with Morales’ Dominican manager, Arturo Defreites, Stoneman was satisfied with the team’s handling of Morales, who sat out this week but could return to finish out the Dominican playoffs.
“He won’t play if they think there could be some damage,” Stoneman said. “I know Arturo, and I really trust the guy.”
-- Mike DiGiovanna
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with shortstop Khalil Greene, agreeing to terms on a $2.25-million, one-year contract. He made $405,000 last year.... Pitcher Randy Flores and the St. Louis Cardinals avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.8-million, two-year contract. He made $350,000 last season.
De Villiers takes lead at Dakar Rally
Giniel de Villiers won the Dakar Rally’s seventh stage and took the overall lead. The Volkswagen driver completed the 337-mile stage in 4 hours 46 seconds, traveling from Zouerat to Atar, Mauritania.
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Michelle Wie missed the cut by one shot at the 2004 Sony Open as a 14-year-old, but she hasn’t come close in the event since:
*--* Year 1st 2nd Total 2004 72 68 140 (E) 2005 79 68 147 (+7) 2006 75 74 149 (+9) 2007 78 76 154 (+14)
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