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HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 12: Tadd Fujikawa of the United States plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 12, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa announced Tuesday on Instagram that he is gay.

“So…I’m gay,” the 27-year-old wrote in his caption. “Many of you may have already known that. I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.”

Golf.com’s Dylan Dethier reported Fujikawa is the first male professional golfer to come out publicly. According to Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler, he is the first pro to come out who has appeared in the U.S. Open.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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