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Friday, August 23, 2019

Golf

Sean Payton has hilarious spoof of Phil Mickelson’s famous Masters video

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is taking part in the Zurich Classic pro-am at TPC Louisiana this week, and he seems just as excited about it as Phil Mickelson was before Round 3 of the Masters a couple weeks ago.

On his way to the course on Wednesday, Payton recorded himself discussing his plan for the day in a similar fashion to when Mickelson said he was going to be “hitting bombs” at Augusta National. The big difference for Payton is that he stressed the importance of not “hitting patrons,” rather than worrying about how far his drives travel.

You can compare that with Mickelson’s video from the Masters, which was a massive hit among golf fans.

Payton impersonating Mickelson with the video is one thing, but we can only hope he doesn’t try to pull off some of the tricks we have seen Phil execute on the golf course in the past. That would not end well for anyone.

Tiger Woods tweets message to fans after Masters win

Here’s another thing Tiger Woods wouldn’t have been able to do the last time he won a major championship: tweet about it.

Woods shared a message with fans on Sunday after winning the Masters, thanking his family, friends, and fans for their support, adding that the opportunity to win another major was “something I will forever be grateful for.”

The family aspect is a very meaningful one for Woods, as his golf career came full circle in a way with his accomplishment on Sunday. This is a day he will certainly never forget.

Steve Kerr: Warriors delayed film session to watch Tiger Woods’ Masters win

Steve Kerr

Tiger Woods captivated the entire sports world by winning his first major title in 11 years on Sunday. That included the two-time defending NBA champions.

After Woods won his fifth career Masters and 15th major overall, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that the team delayed their film session to watch the PGA superstar’s performance, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

That is certainly no small deal with the Warriors currently in the middle of a playoff series against the LA Clippers, which speaks to the draw that the 43-year-old Woods still has.

Woods got some love from another defending champion after the impressive W as well, and it’s a reminder that he can produce buzz and excitement like no other athlete truly can.

Tom Brady sends hilarious tweet after Tiger Woods wins Masters

Tom Brady

Tiger Woods stole the show with his win at the Masters on Sunday, but not too far behind was Tom Brady.

The New England Patriots quarterback, often considered by many to be the greatest quarterback, if not football player, ever, was tweeting throughout the final day of the major. He sent some tweets of support for Tiger and other players:

But he really took his Twitter game to another level after Tiger won. Brady congratulated Tiger on the performance.

Then came the great tweet — he joked about how long it would take him to get to 15 Super Bowl rings.

If there were four Super Bowls available to win each year, Brady might have gotten there. For now, he’ll have to settle for his six rings — the most ever by a player.

Tiger Woods’ win at Masters leads to worst golf loss ever for sportsbook

There were plenty of people who thought Tiger Woods would never win another major championship, but the 43-year-old had no shortage of confident supporters heading into the Masters this year. For evidence of that, all you have to do is follow the money.

Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading at the William Hill US, said after Tiger won the Masters that Sunday was the “biggest golf loss ever” for the sportsbook. One bettor won $1.19 million after betting $85,000 on Woods, and there were plenty of others who took home bundles of cash.

At 14-to-1, Woods was tied for the third-best odds to win the Masters before the tournament began. Rory McIlroy was the favorite at 8-to-1, and Dustin Johnson was slightly better than Tiger at 13-to-1. Barring an injury or some unforeseen circumstance, that is not going to happen again.

Based on what Johnson and others said about the support Tiger got at Augusta National, it’s no surprise he had plenty of financial backers as well.

Tiger Woods comes full circle with dad celebration at Masters

Tiger Woods son Charlie

Life has come full circle for Tiger Woods.

22 years ago, in 1997, Woods won the Masters for his first career major. He was just 21 at the time, had recently turned pro, and became the youngest Masters winner ever. Woods celebrated his first career major win by hugging his late father Earl, who died in 2006.

22 years later, in 2019, Woods overcame an 11-year major slump to win his 15th career major. He won at Augusta National once again for his fifth career Masters. This time, his father Earl was no longer around. Instead, Tiger celebrated with his son, Charlie, who never met Earl and had never witnessed his father win a major.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Tiger said of the situation. “My little boy Charlie … the embrace, it’s just special.”

Tiger is now 43 years old and still has time to try and tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career majors. Jack has already offered his support to Tiger. For now, fans will enjoy Tiger finally being back on top.

Watch: Jim Nantz delivers ‘return to glory’ call of Tiger Woods’ 15th major

Jim Nantz often plans out his lines for when something big happens in a sporting event he calls, which is why many were wondering what he would say upon Tiger Woods winning his first major since 2008. Well, Woods won the Masters on Sunday, and we learned what Nantz’s call would be: “return to glory.”

Take a listen to the big moment:

This was Tiger’s fifth career Masters win and 15th major win overall, triggering an outpouring of fan support and celebration. He’s now three majors behind Jack Nicklaus, who offered a message of support for Woods.