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HIDEMICHI TANAKA from Hiroshima is famous after the American Express Championship at Valderrama. Not only did he play very well - he played to the gallery and he made the spectators LAUGH. Tanaka is a SMALL guy (1.63 meter/5-foot-5-inch): "I am so small, if the people see me, they agree that I could do such a great, potential performance," Tanaka said in Japanese. (He does not speak English, he only knows the words "Amazing" and "Tiger Woods.") Tanaka has won 12 tournaments on the Japanese tour in 6 years. He is not known well in the USA but is a house hold name amoung golf fans in Japan.
Tanaka can MIMIC the SWINGS of about twenty players. He said he was very surprised about his performance on the PGA tour: "Because maybe the result is better than which I usually have. I do not know how to win." During one tournament, Tiger Woods second shot on the 17th hole finally reached the green. He birdied the hole and bowed to the audience. Tanaka also birdied the 17th (because his third shot stopped just short of the hole). Then he also bowed to the gallery and pulled at his shirt to show the audience how nervous he was.
"I always try to make it enjoyable for the fans," Tanaka said. He learned about being an entertainer from SHIGEKI MARUYAMA. This fellow Japanese is known on the US tour as the "smiling assassin." Tanaka played his first international tournament. This season he is number three on the Japanese money list.
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