Some might think there was a higher power at work when Tiger Woods strode down the first hole at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles Thursday.

Close to where basketball great Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash last month, Woods fizzed his second shot into the green to leave an eagle putt of 24 feet eight inches.

Remarkably, those are the two jersey numbers worn by Bryant during his glittering 20-year career with the LA Lakers.

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 Of course, Woods made the putt.

“It’s ironic, isn’t it?” Woods told the Golf Channel afterwards. “I didn’t know about the putt being that long.”

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