Masters cham­pion Im­mel­man is sim­ply tops

New champ en­joys scenery from top of the golf world

The Covington News - - Sports - By Doug Fer­gu­son

For some­one who’s on top of the world, Trevor Im­mel­man has spent a lot of time look­ing up the last few days.

One day af­ter be­com­ing the Masters cham­pion, Im­mel­man was court­side at Madi­son Square Gar­den for the Bos­ton Celtics’ 99-93 vic­tory over the New York Knicks. He was in­vited to the Celtics’ locker room at half­time by coach Doc Rivers, who wanted his team to shake hands with a cham­pion.

“There might have been a trainer that was shorter than me,” said Im­mel­man, who stands 5-foot-9 with the help of golf spikes. “But I’m stand­ing next to Paul Pierce and Kevin Gar­nett, and I’m belt-high. It’s pretty in­cred­i­ble that hu­man be­ings are that damn big.”

Tues­day morn­ing, he was taken by limou­sine to the Em­pire State Build­ing for a photo shoot atop the tallest build­ing in Man­hat­tan.

There also were TV and ra­dio in­ter­views on the agenda, in­clud­ing his read­ing of a Top 10 list on the “Late Show with David Let­ter­man” and an ap­pear­ance on “Live with Regis and Kelly.”

The high­light, though, might have been half­time.

Born and raised in South Africa, he now lives in Or­lando, Fla., and loves the NBA. Im­mel­man is a reg­u­lar at Or­lando Magic games. Even so, he found it sur­real to be among gi­ants in green jer­seys, lis­ten­ing to them praise a golfer in a green jacket.

“They were telling me they were in At­lanta and watched the end of the tour­na­ment, and that they were proud of me,” Im­mel­man said. “It’s kind of weird to see su­per­stars con­grat­u­late me on some­thing I’ve done.”

There has been a lack of sleep, and lit­tle time for all this to sink in.

“Th­ese are things that don’t hap­pen to or­di­nary peo­ple,” Im­mel­man said.

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