The great Tiger Woods paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant at the Genesis Invitational on Thursday afternoon. It was certainly a special site to witness.
The sports world and community has come together over the past few weeks to mourn the tragic death of Kobe. Many teams and players across the globe have taken time to honor the Lakers legends in the most special ways possible.
The Genesis Invitational has taken part in honoring Kobe this week. The eighth hole tee box at the Riviera Country Club has been decorated in purple and gold with the word “Mamba” written on it. The eighth hole flag is also sporting the purple and gold.
Woods, after tapping-in a two-foot birdie at the eighth hole on Thursday, made a Kobe-like motion with the ball with the No. 8 purple-and-gold flag just a few feet behind him. This was special.
A Kobe tribute from Tiger. 💯pic.twitter.com/CEC4StOjWJ
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) February 13, 2020
The 44-year-old golfer started out his day with an eagle at the first hole. Interestingly enough, the eagle-putt measured in at 24-feet, eight inches – both are numbers Kobe Bryant wore during his historic NBA career.
The first putt @TigerWoods attempted in L.A. this week: 24 feet, 8 inches.
He made it. For eagle. 💛💜 pic.twitter.com/dnlEPtXaci
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 13, 2020
Tiger Woods is currently shooting 3-under-par through 13 at the Genesis Open. His score places him tied for sixth in the field. You can catch the rest of the Day 1 action on the Golf Channel.