AFPTadd Fujikawa, the youngest American to make the cut in a U.S. PGA Tour event, became the first openly gay male professional golfer, making the revelation in an Instagram post.
The 27-year-old from Honolulu said he had been pondering about going public for some time before telling the world he is gay.
“I thought that I didn’t need to come out because it doesn’t matter if anyone knows,” Fujikawa wrote. “But I remember how much other’s stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope. I spent way too long pretending, hiding, and hating who I was.”
Fujikawa has competed in 17 US PGA events, the most recent of them last year as a Sony Open qualifier.