While the news was breaking that Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi and a total of seven other people had passed away in a helicopter crash on Sunday, some of golf’s best were teeing it up at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Tiger Woods, who was a friend of Bryant’s and a lifelong Lakers fan, was one of those golfers trying to chase down the leaders on Sunday afternoon. During the broadcast, it was unclear whether or not Woods had heard of the devastating news, but after the round, he admitted that he didn’t know anything about it until his caddie, Joe LaCava, told him after the two walked off of the 18th green.
He admitted that he heard people in the gallery saying ‘do it for Mamba’ throughout the day but didn’t understand why until LaCava broke the news to him. The news began to come out about Bryant’s passing when Woods had already played a handful of holes in his round.
Woods carded a 2-under 70 during his final-round at Torrey Pines putting him in a tie for ninth at 9-under for the tournament. Marc Leishman went on to win the Farmers Insurance Open at 15-under, besting Jon Rahm by a shot.