Tiger: Kobe's death is 'unbelievably sad'
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As Tiger Woods was in the middle of his final round at the Farmers Insurance Open, the sports world was mourning after Kobe Bryant's death. Woods didn't learn about the tragedy until his Sunday round at Torrey Pines concluded.

"I didn't know until (Joe LaCava) just told me coming off 18 green. I didn't really understand why the people in the gallery were saying 'do it for Mamba,' but now I understand," said Woods.

"It's a shocker to everyone. Unbelievably sad and one of the more tragic days. I think for me, reality is just kind of setting in because I was just told probably about five minutes ago."

Woods, a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, was asked what he'll remember most about Bryant.

"He burned so competitively hot and his desire to win," he said. "He brought it each and every night on both ends of the floor. Not too many guys can say that throughout NBA history."

After Bryant retired in 2016, Tiger honored the Lakers legend, thanking him for the memories and five NBA Championships.

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