Will Zalatoris is laughing the entire skill to the bank.
The shock cult figure became the lightning rod for jokes this week on the Masters, but he is strolling away with a groovy $1.7 million after finishing 2nd on the leaderboard after Monday morning’s final round.
It came after Hollywood star Adam Sandler sent the Masters into hysterics with a hilarious pot-shot on the contender on the final day of action at Augusta.
The 24-one year-conventional rookie briefly emerged as the narrative of the occasion when he surged into outright 2nd-living on the back of chief Hideki Matsuyama, who won by correct one stroke over the American.
His solid front 9 had golf commentators reaching for the file books to peruse when a rookie had final won golf’s most prestigious occasion — 1979.
It had varied fans — and Sandler — reaching for their phones to search “Elated Gilmore caddie” after fans identified the inserting similarity between Zalatoris and the hilarious cameo played by a teenage caddie within the hit film Elated Gilmore.
The personality, played by Jared Van Snellenberg, was Gilmore’s caddie within the Waterbury Originate before being changed by a homeless window washer for the relaxation of the movie.
“Maintain stress-free on the present time younger man,” Gilmore wrote in a viral post on Twitter alongside a photo of Zalatoris.
“Mr. Gilmore is staring at you and extremely proud.”
Zalatoris responded: “Even as you’re ever looking out a caddie again let me know. I’ll be higher this time. I’m always on hand for you, Mr. Gilmore.”
It is a resemblance Zalatoris has in no blueprint shied a long way from, as a replacement embracing it in writing with the caddie’s quote from the well-known film on his wedge.
Zalatoris reached 9-under early in his round but slipped back thru the pack on the originate of the back 9.
Birdies on the 15th and 17th bought him back to 9-under. He went into the clubhouse at 9 under after a final round 70, inserting the warmth on Matsuyama who was at 11-under with two holes to play.
With the entire stress on Matsuyama’s shoulders to shut it out, it was handiest a anxious immediate-vary putt that saved the Jap star from a play-off with Zalatoris.
He goes down as but one other well-known narrative from the enduring Augusta National route.