Rory McIlroy pays tribute to fellow Tour Championship winner Happy Gilmore

Rory McIlroy sympathizes fully with Bryson de Chambeau after the taunting that he received from his fans at recent tournaments. (1:23).
The Tour Championship celebrates a significant milestone this year: Happy Gilmore's historic victory.

It has been 25 years since "Happy Gilmore", the cult comedy by Adam Sandler, won the season-ending Tour Championship.

In case you need a refresher, Gilmore won the back nine by four strokes to defeat Shooter McGavin. This win marked Gilmore's meteoric rise as a hockey player who failed due to his powerful slapshot, which translated into his unconventional but effective putting style.

It was an extraordinary moment for Gilmore. His journey to the gold jacket was fraught with controversy. He once engaged in a public fight with Bob Barker, the beloved TV presenter, during a celebrity prom tournament.

Rory McIlroy, a fellow Tour Championship winner, presented a commemorative insignia at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Wednesday to mark Gilmore's 25-year anniversary.

"Gold Jacket. Green Jacket. Green Jacket.

Happy Gilmore, 1996 champion, received a gift from @McIlroyRory TOUR Championship (@playofffinale) September 1, 2021

McIlroy also paid a touching tribute to Gilmore (Sandler?) This is a very subtle tribute. The mysterious retired golfer was quick with a warm reply.

Rory, I love you. Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to playing with all of you soon. Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) September 1, 2021

Rory's tip: Say no to the ninth green at nine