Warriors coach Steve Kerr wanted his team to watch the end of the Masters.
Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 70 in the final round at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday to claim his first major title in 11 years. Kerr made sure the Warriors tuned in to see Woods’ victory.
“Everybody was pretty excited,” Kerr told reporters, via The Mercury News. “We had to delay our film session so we could watch the last couple of holes. It was pretty amazing and fun to watch.”
Woods is now a 15-time major champion, but he had last earned a title in one of those events at the U.S. Open in 2008. Woods career was then sidetracked by injuries and off-the-course issues. He was ranked as low as 1,199th in the world as recently as November 2017.
“We never thought he’d play again,” Kerr said. “It’s kind of fun for us to watch other athletes in other sports and watch their determination and their adversity.
“Those are great lessons. We look at a lot of that stuff with our team. We’ve got tons of sports fans and it’s just fun. It’s fun to see other athletes do their thing.”
Warriors star Stephen Curry congratulated Woods on Twitter after his victory.
Greatest comeback story in sports! Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 14, 2019
Golden State forward Kevon Looney told reporters he thought Curry “almost cried” following Woods’ final round.
Woods said the win was “unreal” for him.
“It would be up there with one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win, just because of what has transpired the last couple of years, trying to come back and play,” Woods said after the win. “I was close last year a couple of times, with a chance in the last two major championships. I applied what I learned from those and was able to seal the deal today.”
The Warriors finished the regular season with a 57-25 record and earned the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They topped the Clippers, 121-104, on Saturday in Game 1 of their opening-round series.