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Sport Norm Macdonald, who died on Tuesday, was a huge golf fan and avid follower of Tiger Woods

07:30  15 september  2021
07:30  15 september  2021 Source:   golfweek.com

Norm Macdonald, former 'Saturday Night Live' comic, dies

  Norm Macdonald, former 'Saturday Night Live' comic, dies NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who was “Weekend Update” host when Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson provided comic fodder during the 1990s, has died. Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after having cancer for nine years, but keeping it private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles. He never reached the same television heights after being fired from “SNL” in 1998, but was an indefatigable stand-up comic and popular talk show guest whose death provoked an outpouring from fellow comedians.“Norm was in a comedy genre of his own,” tweeted Sarah Silverman.

Norm Macdonald, a “Saturday Night Live” legend who also was a passionate fan of the game of golf, died on Tuesday, after a private battle with cancer, his manager Marc Gurvitz confirmed to USA TODAY. He was 61 years old.

Norm MacDonald et al. standing in front of a crowd: LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 23: Comedian Norm Macdonald during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for The Match) © Provided by Golfweek LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 23: Comedian Norm Macdonald during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for The Match)

Macdonald followed the sport with unmatched passion. He once had an idea for a TV show from Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, where he’d interview a fellow celebrity or athlete over 18 holes – an actual interview where he could really pick someone’s brain, get at something meaningful. Figure out what makes them tick.

Norm Macdonald Summed Up His Life in 2016 Memoir Before Death: It's 'Impossible for Me to Be Bitter'

  Norm Macdonald Summed Up His Life in 2016 Memoir Before Death: It's 'Impossible for Me to Be Bitter' Norm Macdonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for nine years RELATED: Celebrities Who've Died in 2021 PEOPLE confirmed Macdonald died on Tuesday. He had been privately . Macdonald was best known for appearing on Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1998. During that time, he anchored the NBC sketch comedy's Weekend Update segment. Seth Rogen, Jim Carrey, Meghan McCain and Steve Martin are among the growing list of stars who have paid tribute to Macdonald across social media.

“I’d always go to the cheapest network,” Macdonald told Golfweek in 2018. “I go for one where they asked who I’d be interviewing for 18 holes and I said Bob Uecker. Everybody was laughing. It was called the Nashville Network, and they all laughed. And one guy goes, ‘We were thinking about it last night and we’d have girls in bikinis at every hole. And the first guy you interview is (former pro wrestler) Bill Goldberg, and he body slams you.’ ”

While Macdonald never got the 18 holes thing to fly, he was a massive Tiger Woods fan and often went to watch at major championships, though never the FedEx Cup Playoffs because he said he didn’t believe in the concept.

“I love Tiger so much and predicted he’d come back. I never lost faith in Tiger,” Macdonald said. “I rank it as the best comeback in sports history. One reason is because he’s made like three comebacks, that’s why I had so much faith in him. I’ve seen him make comebacks before, I’ve seen him change his game. I didn’t think this is how he was going to do it.

Seth Meyers Delivers Touching ‘Late Night’ Tribute to Norm Macdonald: “He Will Continue to Be the Gold Standard”

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a person holding a sign: There’s a video on loop in the Carnoustie clubhouse of 2020 champion Sophia Popov and the German joking suggested that everyone is now fed up of seeing her.      “Normally I'm way too humble of a person to even identify with something like that,” said Popov, “but I know this week I can, so I'm just taking it all in. I'm like, yep, I'm defending. So I'm getting better at just accepting that and being all cool about it.”     The AIG Women’s British Open returns to Carnoustie for the first time since 2011, which happened to be Popov’s first British Open appearance. She made the cut that week as an 18-year-old college student at USC. Little did she know that she’d return one day as one of golf’s great Cinderella stories.     “Like you only realize it once you get on-site and you do see your face everywhere and you realize, oh, my God, it's been a year now and this is the event that changed so much for me,” said Popov, who has cemented herself as one of Europe’s best players.     “I think up until last week, it was just a regular season and just keep playing, keep playing. And then once I kind of set foot out here, it was like, OK, I'm coming here to truly enjoy this week, you know, regardless of what happens. This is my sixth or seventh week on the road now so obviously it's kind of the highlight of the summer for or less for myself.”

“I was surprised he could hit it so long. I thought he was going to play like an old guy. On the par 5s, try to get on in three and close to the pin. That surprised me that he’s crushing the ball. That made me so happy.”

Lori Jo Hoekstra, Macdonald’s friend and producing partner, told Deadline she was with him at the time of his death and that the comedian had been fighting cancer for nine years, but did not wish to share his health struggles with the public.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra told Deadline. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

Jim Carrey Shares the Moment He 'Scare Pranked' Late Friend Norm Macdonald: WATCH

  Jim Carrey Shares the Moment He 'Scare Pranked' Late Friend Norm Macdonald: WATCH Jim Carrey is honoring Norm Macdonald, who died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for nine years RELATED: Norm Macdonald Dead at 61: David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and More Stars Pay Tribute to SNL Alum Carrey has continued to honor Macdonald after learning of his death earlier this week. PEOPLE confirmed that Macdonald died Tuesday after privately . He was 61. Following the news, Carrey tweeted: "My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.

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