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Tiger Woods thrills young fan by ticking special bucket list

Tiger Woods may still want to win on the PGA Tour, but he broke his steely focus for one moment at the Genesis Invitational to meet a special young fan

 

Although Tiger Woods asserted that he wanted to win the 2023 Genesis Invitational prior to the first round, you feel he doesn’t carry the same intensity that he once used to.

After suffering life-changing injuries in a car crash in February 2021, a degree of perspective was added to Woods’ game. Every moment he spends in competition on the PGA Tour should be savoured.

One young fan at Riviera Country Club wanted to take advantage of Tiger being in town and fill out one of the longed-for goals on her bucket list.

A young girl called Madelyn Quinn held a big sign up behind the 17th hole during the third round which featured three things as part of her bucket list.

The first one on the list ticked off was ‘Get Heart Transplant’. Madelyn was born with a heart defect and she has previously had three open-heart surgeries.

She is also an aspiring golfer and she was determined to check off the second part of her bucket list which was ‘Meet Tiger Woods’.

The PGA Tour managed to capture the moment Woods met Madelyn as he gave her a well-earned high-five and also a signed glove as reported by Colt Knost of CBS.

Woods wasn’t fighting at the top of the leaderboard with Jon Rahm and Max Homa, so he had a little time to relax his focus and say hello to Madelyn.

It is moments like these which make golf so great. At the sport’s biggest events, you can get up close and personal with your heroes.

Madelyn’s father Greg is a former PGA teaching professional and together, they have officially ticked off two-thirds of her bucket list.

Madelyn has just one option left on her three-part mission: ‘Play Augusta’. The home of the Masters tournament is at the centre of many golfers’ dreams and Madelyn is no different.

Augusta National has been a happy hunting ground for Woods who has five Green Jackets in his closet with his win down Magnolia Lane in 2019 being written into golf folklore.

Now Woods can only play sparingly on the PGA Tour due to the injuries in his right leg, but he can enjoy more moments with the fans that flock to see him and this is a prime example.

Watch this space to see if Madelyn makes it to Augusta National to complete her bucket list!

What is on your golf bucket list? Tweet me and let me know!

Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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