Tiger Woods walked off the 18th green through the blue-tented tunnel and was headed towards the scoring trailer when he got hit with some damaging news.
Caddie Joe LaCava quietly told him that Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning.
“Excuse me?” you could hear Woods say in response.
In a post-round interview, Woods spoke on his relationship with Bryant.
“I didn’t know until Joey just told me coming off 18 green. I didn’t really understand why the people in the gallery were saying ‘Do it for Mamba.’ But now I understand,” Woods said. “It’s a shocker to everyone. I’m unbelievably sad. It’s one of the more tragic days, and I think for me, the reality is just kind of sitting it, because I’m just hearing about it five minutes ago.”
“The fire.” Woods said. “He burns so competitively hot. And the desire to win. He brought it each and every night on both ends of the floor. And not too many guys can say that throughout NBA history.”
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