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Sandler starred in the popular 1996 sports film and it's gone on to define his career - with fans still making references to this day.
24-year-old Zalatoris is competing at this year's tournament and everyone immediately made the same comparison.
Work got back to Sandler and he took to Twitter and made reference to Zalatoris looking like one particular 'punk.'
Have fun today young man. Mr. Gilmore is watching you and very proud. pic.twitter.com/iwOEuMdR8W
- Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) April 11, 2021
He joked to 2.8 million followers: "Have fun today young man. Mr. Gilmore is watching you and very proud."
Zalatoris has a lot of fun with the comparisons and even has "Mr. Gilmore, I'm your caddy" engraved on his wedge.
"Mr. Gilmore, I'm your caddy"
Will Zalatoris has embraced the Happy Gilmore comparison. :joy: (@Titleist) pic.twitter.com/zpEB3hMh80
- GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) April 11, 2021
If you haven't seen the movie, first of all, how have you gone this long without seeing it?
Secondly, check it out below. It'll give you a great laugh and prove Zalatoris looks exactly like Jared Van Snellenberg, who played the caddie 21 years ago.
"Hey where you going with my clubs, punk?!"
It's been 25 years since we saw Happy swinging his way around the golf tour to eventually topple Shooter McGavin at the Tour Championship, on the 18th hole.
And not to be outdone, at least not on this occasion, McGavin even responded to show that he's also still got the skills.
It might be a long time ago since Gilmore was dancing, shouting and swearing his way down the fairways and onto the greens of the golf tour but he's remained relevant.
Happy loves you all! Thanks for everything! pic.twitter.com/p1aY9JcFWh- Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) February 16, 2021
Back in 2015, golfer John Peterson decided to do the Gilmore swing during a tournament.
The American was struggling during the CIMB Classic and was in dead last when he got to the 1st tee in the fourth round.
Peterson let rip from the tee, in a way Happy would have been proud of, and went round in just 66, absolutely brilliant!
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