Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant share something in sports. Their dominance.
Woods, considered by many, is the greatest golfer in the games’ history and Bryant, considered by many, is one of the greatest players in NBA history. Bryant’s tragic death struck Woods hard and caught him by surprise when he heard the news after finishing his round at a tournament last month.
Playing in his next event of the season, Woods made sure to give Bryant a subtle nod on the eighth hole of the Genesis Open at Riviera Golf Course. You can watch it below.
All in the flick of the wrist!
Tiger Woods with a subtle tribute to Kobe?
— ESPN (@espn) February 13, 2020
A simple flick of the wrist, honoring Bryant’s shot style, was fitting on the eighth hole, one of two retired numbers for Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers. Woods threw his golf ball to his caddy after knocking in his putt.
That wasn’t all. On the first hole, Woods sunk an eagle putt to go to (-2) very early in the round.
That putt measured out to 24 feet and eight inches, Bryant’s two jersey numbers. Riviera is also in right near Los Angeles.
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
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP and won the league’s MVP award in 2008. Bryant made 18 All-Star appearances and was the MVP of the event four times. Bryant is considered one of the greatest players of all-time and certainly staked his claim in Lakers lore during an illustrious career.
In his final NBA game, Bryant scored 60 points against Utah, out-scoring the entire Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter, in the Lakers’ 101–96 victory. He became the oldest player to score 60 or more points in a game at 37 years and 234 days old.
An unstoppable scorer during his career, Bryant averaged 25 points per game during the regular season and 25.6 during the postseason. NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Bryant “one of the greatest players in the history of our game” following his retirement.
He was the first player in NBA history to have at least 30,000 career points and 6,000 career assists and is one of only four players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 6,000 assists. Bryant led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. His 81-point performance against Toronto in 2006 was the second-highest in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 100.