Verne Lundquist Shares the Sweet Message Tiger Woods Told Him During Classy Masters Moment

Apr 14, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Tiger Woods tips his hat to patrons as he walks up No. 18 during the final round of the Masters.
Apr 14, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Tiger Woods tips his hat to patrons as he walks up No. 18 during the final round of the Masters. / Adam Cairns, Adam Cairns / USA TODAY

Verne Lundquist's 40-year run of calling the Masters came to an emotional end last Sunday during Scottie Scheffler's dominant victory at Augusta National.

The legendary broadcaster was the voice of many memorable moments at the 16th hole, including a shot by Tiger Woods that will be remembered forever by golf fans.

Woods and Lundquist shared a sweet moment Sunday, with Woods stopping during his round to shake hands with Lundquist. The two chatted briefly before Woods went on to complete his round and we now know a little of what was said, thanks to Lundquist's appearance on the latest episode ofThe Steam Room podcast, which is hosted by Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson.

“I ventured down to 16 and he was playing 14 at the time and he was having a horrible day. Five-over and wound up dead last in the tournament,” Lundquist said. “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 candor, 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.”

Pretty cool stuff right there. And also pretty accurate.

Lundquist is definitely going to be missed at the Masters.


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