Former South African president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95, an impactful loss that was felt across the world. Following the news of Mandela's passing, several notable names in golf took to Twitter to share their thoughts and express their condolences over the loss of the incredibly influential man:
You will always be in my heart Mr. Mandela.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 6, 2013
Condolences to all on the passing of our beloved Father of the South African Nation, Nelson Mandela. Madiba we loved you. Rest in Peace.— Gary Player (@garyplayer) December 5, 2013
"Sport has the power to change the world. To inspire, to unite people & speak to the youth in a language they understand, Nelson Mandela RIP— Gary Player (@garyplayer) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela's courage, forgiveness, love & hope inspired people around the world. He made me want to be a better man. RIP Tata— Gary Player (@garyplayer) December 5, 2013
My thoughts & prayers go out to Pres Nelson Mandela's family on his passing today. One of the greatest humans I ever had privilege to meet.— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela and myself had a wonderful relationship--he was a special man and will be missed. http://t.co/GVziRpWbkB— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2013
After a life of fighting for equality, Nelson Mandela is able to finally rest. Be at peace, you changed history.— Christina Kim (@TheChristinaKim) December 5, 2013
RIP Madiba. Thanks for being such a fantastic leader and role model for us all. pic.twitter.com/oJ1MS2NG0u— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) December 6, 2013
Following his round at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Tiger Woods also shared his thoughts on the passing of Mandela.
"It's sad for everyone who had gotten a chance to certainly not only meet him, but also be influenced by him," said Woods. "I had a chance to meet him with my father back in 1998. He invited us to his home. It was one of the (most) inspiring times that I've ever had in my life. It's a sad day for many people around the world."