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‘Part Of Me Thinks It’s Not Real’, Says Woods Who’s Struggling To Get Over Bryant’s Death

Tiger Woods speaks throughout a press convention throughout the Genesis Invitational – Preview Day 2 on February 11, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, California. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP Joe Scarnici / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP


More than two weeks after Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, Tiger Woods is amongst those that discover that though the shock might have worn off, disbelief stays.

“It’s hard to put into words what transpired and the fact that it’s a reality,” 15-time main golf champion Woods stated Tuesday at Riviera Country Club, the place he’s getting ready to tee off Thursday within the Genesis Invitational.

“Part of me thinks that it’s not real.”

The 41-year-old Bryant, a retired NBA legend with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna had been amongst 9 individuals killed within the January 26 crash within the Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles.

They had been on their technique to a ladies’ basketball event at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in suburban Thousand Oaks — not removed from Sherwood Country Club, which hosted Woods’s Hero World Challenge event for years.

Woods discovered of Bryant’s dying simply after he accomplished his closing spherical at Torrey Pines that Sunday. The 15-time main champion, who stated he grew up a “diehard Lakers fan,” famous that he turned professional the identical yr that Bryant was drafted into the NBA to start out a 20-year profession that would come with 5 titles with the Lakers.

“I don’t really know what I said post-round,” Woods stated Tuesday. “I was in shock just like everyone else, trying to put it in words going forward.

“The reality of the situation is Kobe and Gigi are not here, but it’s hard to accept,” Woods continued.

“People who are close him and all the families, it’s just hard to accept that reality.”

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, has introduced a public “celebration of life” for Kobe, Gianna and the opposite crash victims can be held on February 24 at Staples Center enviornment.

The date – 2-24-20 – honours the jersey numbers 2 and 24 worn by Gianna and Bryant and the 20 years Bryant was within the NBA.

But at the same time as such plans go ahead, Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Monday to specific her personal battle to return to phrases along with her household’s loss.

“My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she wrote. “I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong … I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.”

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