Will Zalatoris finished second at The Masters, despite playing the course for his first time as a pro and not even having his official tour card yet. He walked away with $1.2 million in prize money and maybe it was partly due to the karma thrown his way by none other than Adam Sandler.
Sandler has made a lot of funny movies, but few better than Happy Gilmore. That movie holds even more sway in the golf world, naturally. Even the talk of a sequel gets fans PSYCHED. So when Sandler himself gave a golfer a shoutout, you know it’s going to get noticed.
He sent well wishes to Zalatoris, who bears a striking resemblance to a grown-up version of the kid who was Happy Gilmore’s caddy in the movie.
‘Have fun today young man. Mr. Gilmore is watching you and very proud,’ Sandler tweeted to his millions of followers.
Have fun today young man. Mr. Gilmore is watching you and very proud. pic.twitter.com/iwOEuMdR8W
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) April 11, 2021
OK, it’s important to note that while Zalatoris looks very similar, he’s not actually the actor that played the caddy in the iconic movie. Even before the shoutout, he had a wedge in his bag inscribed with one of the caddy’s lines from the movie (Mr. Gilmore, I’m Your Caddy).
So Zalatoris was more than game to play along with Sandler’s shoutout, replying:
“If you’re ever in need of a caddie again let me know. I’ll be better this time. I’m always available for you, Mr. Gilmore.”
If you’re ever in need of a caddie again let me know. I’ll be better this time. I’m always available for you, Mr. Gilmore. https://t.co/R1e8awZIvh
— Will Zalatoris (@WillZalatoris) April 12, 2021
When they film the sequel (it’s not confirmed, but let’s try to will it into existence), they need to find a role for Zalatoris, even if he’s caddying for his old friend Happy on the senior tour.