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Tiger Woods Learns of Kobe Bryant's Death Minutes After Golf Tournament, Reacts Live on Air

Tiger Woods Learns of Kobe Bryant's Death Minutes After Golf Tournament, Reacts Live on Air

Tiger Woods found out about Kobe Bryant‘s death immediately after competing in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday (January 26).

Almost immediately after finding out the tragic news, he gave an interview. Kobe and Tiger met in 1997 when they were both rising stars in their sports.

“It’s one of the most shocking, tragic days that I’ve ever been a part of in a very quick span here,” Tiger said, adding he just found out five minutes before the interview.

“I didn’t understand why they were yelling, ‘Do it for Mamba,’ on the back nine,” Tiger said, referencing Kobe‘s famous nickname. “People yell things all the time, so I was just plodding along, doing my own thing. Then when Joey [his caddy] told me that here. … It’s unbelievable, the reality that he’s no longer with us.”

“What made him so impressive is that he was dominant on the offensive side … We all know that. But he would lock up on D. He played their best guard and shut ‘em down for all 48 minutes. That’s what made him so special — he played both ends of the court. There are maybe two guys, three guys in the entire NBA history that you can say that, that would do that. He was up for that challenge,” Tiger added. “And one of the more impressive things that I’ve ever witnessed is when he ruptured his Achilles, and he went to the foul line, made his shots. Ultimate toughness, ultimate competitor.”

So far, we’ve learned the identities of five of the victims of the helicopter crash, including Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Our continued thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died today.

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