6 Viral Moments From The 2024 Masters

Some of the moments that got social media talking from the first Major of the year at Augusta National

Bryson DeChambeau carries a sign away at The Masters
Bryson DeChambeau created plenty of talk at The Masters - and not just because of his performance
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There were some stunning moments at The Masters, from Bryson DeChambeau’s hole-out birdie to keep his dreams of the title alive to Scottie Scheffler’s dominant performance over the back nine on Sunday to claim the title for the second time in three years.

Among some of the top-quality action on the course, though, some other moments really got social media talking. Here are six of the incidents that went viral at the Augusta National Major.

Greg Norman Appears At Augusta National

Greg Norman at The Masters

Greg Norman made an impromtu appearance as part of the crowd

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The main action hadn’t even got underway when one of the game’s most controversial figures of recent years, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, appeared on Wednesday during the Par 3 Contest, and was seen mingling with patrons and players including PGA Tour pro Min Woo Lee.

He also attended during the tournament, but how did he get in? Did he receive an invite after saying he was “disappointed” that he hadn’t been asked to attend the year before?

Apparently not, according to the Australian’s son Greg Norman Jr, who explained on X that his father had acquired a ticket on the secondary market.

Regardless, Norman seemed to have a great time and, in an Instagram message, thanked “hundreds if not thousands" of patrons for their “unanimous support.”

Jason Day’s Malbon Outfits

Jason Day wearing a Malbon vest at The Masters

Jason Day caused a stir with his outfits

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Norman wasn’t the only Australian causing a stir at The Masters. Jason Day also got people talking, this time because of his choice of outfits.

First, it was Day’s Malbon pants that gave social media a field day. Their bagginess led to comments, including one that from social media personality Amanda Rose, who wrote, “Jason Day holds a unique distinction of being the only man in the field at The Masters who could jump out of the plane today and land safely.”

Undeterred, during his second round, Day was seen wearing a striking Malbon “Championship” vest. That was all too much for the Augusta National traditionalists, though, and Day later confirmed he had been asked to take it off.

Bryson DeChambeau Carries A Direction Sign Away

Bryson DeChambeau carries a sign away at The Masters

Bryson DeChambeau carried a direction sign away in the second round

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DeChambeau was going along nicely during his second round until he found the trees off his tee shot on the 13th. Rather than find a gap to direct his ball towards the fairway, The Scientist found another route… with just one issue: a direction sign stood in his path.

No problem - DeChambeau simply lifted it out of the ground and carried it away. However, a rules official scuppered any hopes of the LIV Golf player completing his shot as intended, and the sign had to be put back.

Afterwards, DeChambeau, who birdied the hole anyway, said: “I was looking at an opportunity to hit it back into the 13th fairway and look, it would have only led me 200 - a hundred yards in probably, something like that, and I knew I could hit one around the corner down 14 fairway and have 140 to 150-yard shot in.”

It wasn't the only "Bryson being Bryson" moment on Friday, either. He was also spotted swaying wildly on the third fairway, which was his extravagant way of getting the group ahead to move out of his way!

Tiger Woods Shakes Hands With A ‘Tree’

Tiger Woods shakes hands with Verne Lundquist in the final round of The Masters

Tiger Woods appeared to shake hands with a tree

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The final round was not without emotion, particularly as we saw Tiger Woods in his famous Sunday red at Augusta National for the first time in two years. That was heightened by a touching moment when the 15-time Major winner spotted the retiring CBS Sports legend Verne Lundquist to the right of the 16th green and strode over to shake his hand.

It was a real lump-in-the-throat moment, but the mood was soon lightened when an angle of the exchange found its way onto social media showing just Lunquist’s arm emerging from behind a tree to greet Woods. That led to some hilarious reactions online and was quickly declared "one of the internet's most memeable images."

Collin Morikawa’s Tee Flip

Collin Morikawa takes a tee shot during The Masters

Collin Morikawa conducted a tee flip in the final round of The Masters

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There may have been arguably golf’s most prestigious title on the line, not to mention millions of dollars in prize money, but that didn’t deter Collin Morikawa from carrying out a simple tee flip to determine who should go first on the 13th between him and Scottie Scheffler.

It didn’t work in Morikawa’s favor, as he lamented in a hilariously self-deprecating X post after Scheffler closed out the victory. Morikawa wrote: “A few things I’ve learned from this week. 1. Don’t hit it in the water on 11, duh. 2. Get better at tee flips so I’m always going second.”

What Did Neal Shipley See At Butler Cabin?

Neal Shipley with the Silver Cup

Neal Shipley claimed the Silver Cup for his performance, but there was an awkward moment in Butler Cabin

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Neal Shipley had a day to remember on Sunday. The low amateur not only got to play alongside Tiger Woods in a dream pairing in the final round, but he also witnessed a piece of history in the making at Butler Cabin afterwards, where outgoing champion Jon Rahm handed Scheffler the Green Jacket.

Like the rest of the day, he hadn’t been overawed by the experience, either, and he spoke well about his day in the presence of living legend Woods. “Very special,” began Shipley. “It's a day I'm going to cherish forever. He was great to me out there, and to have all the patrons out there rooting both of us on was phenomenal.”

Shipley may have held his composure on a day when many others would have crumbled, but something seemed to be spooking him at Butler Cabin as he made a series of totally unexpected sideways glances at something off-camera.

But what had he seen? A ghost? Or was it a signal? “Blink twice if you need help,” wrote one fan on X, while others joked he was being held at gunpoint!

He was most likely waiting for his cues to speak from the teleprompter, but regardless, those puzzling side glances created an instant meme.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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