June 21, 2024

Tiger Woods shakes Verne Lundquist's hand

Verne Lundquist has shared what Tiger Woods told him during an emotional exchange at his 40th and final Masters Tournament broadcast for CBS.
First of all we should point out Tiger Woods did not exchange pleasantries with a tree at the 2024 Masters.

It just looked like he did and the iconic golfer became an instant meme.
If you still have absolutely no idea what we are on about then let’s rewind a little bit further.

The first major of the year marked the 40th and final Masters Tournament broadcast for CBS announcer Verne Lundquist.
Lundquist was the voice behind some of the most iconic calls in the tournament’s history.

He famously yelled ‘Yes sir!’ as Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus holed a crucial birdie putt at 17 on his way to victory in 1986.
But undoubtedly his best, and most famous call, came during the 2005 Masters when Woods chipped in at the 16th hole.

“Here it comes. Oh my goodness. Oh, wow! In your life have you seen anything like that?”
Tiger Woods and Lundquist shared a touching moment last Sunday during his 100th round at Augusta National.

Lundquist recently told The Steam Room podcast what was said.

“I ventured down to 16 and he was playing 14 at the time and he was having a horrible day,” he said.

“[He was] five over and wound up dead last in the tournament.

“But even though he was five over, he walked off the green at 16 and as he approached, I just said, ‘Tiger, thank you.’

“He reached over and shook my hand and we chatted.

“In all candour, I can’t remember what we said, except I thanked him for the kind words that he had, and he said, ‘We’re gonna be tied at the hip forever’ because of that shot and because of what I said.”

Lundquist added: “The thing I most treasure about it, he went over and teed off at 17, I was still standing under the tree.

“And as he walked down the 17th fairway, he just looked over and gave me a thumbs up.

“I will treasure that forever.”
Lundquist later told the podcast he believes Woods will tee it up again at the Masters next year.

“Hell yes he’ll come back,” he said.

“He’s not gonna let people remember that he was on the 60th in a field of 60.”

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