Masters champion Immelman is simply tops
New champ enjoys scenery from top of the golf world
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.