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‘This Is How You Grow the Game’: Emiliano Grillo’s Heartening Gesture Minutes Before Winning $1,566,000 Earns the Respect of the Golf Community

Published 05/29/2023, 1:06 AM EDT

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The first time Emiliano Grillo emerged as the winner on the PGA Tour was almost eight years ago. And just hours ago, the Argentine picked up his second-ever win, but it did not come easy.

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On the precipice of nabbing his second PGA Tour title, Grillo ended up blowing his two-stroke lead with a double bogey on the 72nd hole. Left hoping for a playoff, the unfortunate slip-up did not deter the 30-year-old. Instead, he did something extremely wholesome that won the hearts of golf fans on the internet!

Emiliano Grillo has a heartfelt moment at the Charles Schwab Challenge


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Grillo had an extremely memorable final round at the Colonial Golf Course in Fort Worth, Texas. He made four birdies and two bogeys in the first seven holes. He then followed it up with a 17-foot birdie putt at the 12th and even curled in a birdie putt from just inside 20 feet at the par-3 16th. But the golfer’s good outing almost went in vain after a double bogey at 18.

At that moment, a thousand thoughts may have been running through the golfer’s mind, the most prominent being whether either Adam Schenk or Harry Hall would make birdies there and ruin Grillo’s chances of winning his second PGA Tour title. Normally, while many pros would head to practice or stay back to watch whether there would be a playoff, that was not the Argentine golfer’s way!


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Instead, Grillo was on the first tee, hitting balls, when he spotted two young fans watching him. He then went up to the pair and invited them to hit some shots with him. One of the kids even hit a flush shot, making the moment even more special. The beautiful interaction justifiably went viral on Twitter, winning over golf fans.

Meanwhile, Schenk had made par to force a playoff, but England’s Hall bogeyed to finish at T3 alongside Scottie Scheffler. Grillo proceeded to beat Schenk, taking home $1,566,000 for his heroics.

Golf world reacts to Emiliano Grillo’s sweet gesture

Emiliano Grillo may have ended his nearly eight-year-long PGA Tour win drought on Sunday, but it was his sweet interaction with two young fans that delighted golf enthusiasts the most. Some fans on Twitter opined that the golfer was perhaps creating good karma for his eventual win.

Some fans also showered the young kid with praise for his flushed shot, with one even saying that “he’s better than most.

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Grillo’s first PGA Tour win came in 2015, when he beat American Kevin Na to lift the Open title. Now, with his recent victory, he’s become the second Argentine since Roberto De Vicenzo to win the coveted Charles Schwab Challenge title. And well, as per the fans, he earned that right with his big heart!


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What do you think of the beautiful moment between Emiliano Grillo and the young kids? What was your favorite moment from the PGA Tour event? Tell us in the comments!



Abantika Ghosh

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Abantika is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for her strong passion for golf writing. Even in her early days, Abantika has displayed an impressive ability to cover golf with gripping and insightful stories backed by thorough research. Her inspiration comes from the words of the legendary golfer and flag-bearer of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy: "As long as I keep enjoying my golf, then hopefully I'll be able to play well," which motivates her to continue writing engaging pieces.

Edited By: Sheldon Pereira