Golfer Will Zalatoris got a special shout-out from “Happy Gilmore” star Adam Sandler.
Last year, Sandler, 55, heard about the Masters candidate who resembled his caddy (played by actor Jared Van Snellenberg) from the 1996 sports flick.
At the time, the comedian tweeted a photo of Zalatoris, 26, next to a scene still of Happy Gilmore’s caddy. “Have fun today young man. Mr. Gilmore is watching you and very proud,” he wrote
The golf pro jokingly responded, “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.”
Then, on Aug. 14, Zalatoris won his first PGA Tour event, at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.
The “Hustle” actor didn’t miss his moment to show further support. He tweeted on Sunday, “Congrats Will! I’m happy for you! Happy’s happy for you! Enjoy it all!”
“Happy Gilmore” starred Sandler as an ex-hockey player who finds a new passion in golf. The hot headed athlete then joins a pro golf tour in order to score money to save his grandmother’s house.
The blockbuster comedy also featured Julie Bowen, Christopher McDonald, Carl Weathers and Francis Bay.
Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the golf comedy, which Sandler celebrated by teeing-up with the film’s signature three-step approach. His smartphone camera was rolling as he launched the ball in the style of Gilmore.
He dedicated the swing to his character’s rival, Shooter McGavin (McDonald).
“Shooter McGavin, this is for you!” Sandler proclaimed in the video he shared on social media last year. “I’m not lying to you. That is smashed. Smashed. That went pretty well. You’re dead, Shooter!”
PGA tour stars Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcllroy also helped commemorate the occasion with a montage of their attempts at the iconic swing.