Tiger Woods doesn’t play a ton of golf these days.
The 47-year battled with addiction, divorce, injuries and a nearly fatal car crash to return to a position where he’s even able to play at all on the PGA Tour.
But when he does play, it’s a special moment.
Such was the case when Woods made his season debut at Riviera Country Club recently for the Genesis Invitational. Woods finished the event at 1-under and in a tie for 45th, 16 shots behind eventual winner Jon Rahm.
But for one young fan, none of that matters.
Madelyn Quinn is a 9-year-old Woods fan who received a heart transplant when she was just two years old due to a murmur. She went viral during the Genesis Invitational after meeting Woods while holding a sign that read “My Bucket List: Get Heart Transplant. Meet Tiger Woods. Play Augusta.”
Add that check ✅❤️ pic.twitter.com/mN9XrDu6XX
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 18, 2023
Woods also autographed a glove for the young girl.
What a moment ❤️ @TigerWoods checked off the second item for this young fan @TheGenesisInv ✅ https://t.co/apUl88V4eP pic.twitter.com/n2VEugYwKg
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 19, 2023
But little did she know that the remarkable story was only beginning.
9-Year-Old Tiger Woods Fan And Heart Transplant Recipient Gets Masters Invite
Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports reports that Quinn will now get a chance to head to Augusta to attend the first two rounds The Masters on April 6 and 7.
The whole thing went viral, and a member of Augusta National got in touch with Drew Stoltz and Colt Knost, who co-host the Subpar podcast and Gravy and the Sleeze on Sirius XM. (Knost, of course, is a former U.S. Amateur champion and PGA Tour player who’s now a crucial part of CBS’ golf coverage). Long story short, the member was able to get in contact with the girl, whose name is Madelyn Quinn, and her father, Greg. And the two of them will be making the trip to Augusta this year to watch Friday and Saturday’s round at the Masters.
“One of the members who heard the story insisted on getting a hold of me to offer tickets,” says Greg. “We are pumped!” – via Barstool Sports
What an awesome moment. It’s easy to get lost in the cynicism of the sports industry. But this is a reminder of just how much good it can do.
Kudos to all involved.