Will Zalatoris, who makes his debut at Augusta National, and Gilmore’s caddy at The Waterbury Open in the 1996 cult classic have drawn similarities due to their loud blonde hair and youthfulness.
While Zalatoris himself wasn’t in the film – the actor’s real name is Jared Van Snellenberg – it didn’t stop Adam Sandler from wishing him well on Sunday.
Zalatoris got four shots ahead of front runner Hideki Matsuyama on the final day of the Masters but screwed his first two holes to narrow the deficit.
The comparison with the character from “Happy Gilmore” was not only made, but also something that the American has come to appreciate.
With an ironic smile, the 24-year-old explained that the quote “Mr. Gilmore, I am your caddy” was imprinted because “a lot of people think I look like Mr. Gilmore’s caddy”.
He may not be out of the movie, but Zalatoris hopes to channel some of Gilmore’s success if he is to claim a memorable victory at the Masters.