The tragic death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday has had a huge impact on the entire sporting world, especially with many players on the PGA Tour such as Justin Thomas, who grew up idolising the NBA legend.
Thomas took to social media on Sunday afternoon to honour Bryant, who devastatingly lost his life with nine other passengers aboard a helicopter, including his 12-year-old daughter Gianna.
Thomas later tweeted: "I have no words other than RIP to somebody I loved and wanted to be like when it was game time."
The former World No.1 is competing in this week's Phoenix Open with a heavy heart, along with defending champion Rickie Fowler who also paid tribute to Bryant on social media on Sunday night.
Ahead of the action in two days time, Thomas has stamped his new Vokey wedges with the words 'Mamba Mentality', 'Black Mamba', 'Kobe Bean Bryant' and '81 Points'.
JT paying tribute to Kobe with this new custom-stamped wedge pic.twitter.com/Z54NXch99Z— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 28, 2020
KOBE!!! Great video haha thank you https://t.co/emJg0sd5FT— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) January 27, 2020
Bryant's nickname was "The Black Mamba," a name he gave himself. But for Bryant, the moniker was more than just a nickname. It was an alter-ego he created to get through the lowest point of his career.
Tiger Woods spoke of his close relationship with Bryant when learning the news after walking off the 18th green at the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday.