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Auburn senior punctuates U.S. Amateur bomb with the earliest finger point you will ever see

August 17, 2023

Remember that video that made the rounds after Tiger Woods defeated Abraham Ancer at the 2019 Presidents Cup? The one that showed the 15-time major winner shaking hands with Ancer before his putt was even halfway to the hole? Despite being doctored, the internet picked it up and ran with it, partly because it was funny and partly because, while fake, it embodied Woods’ alpha dominance in a way that felt true.

On Thursday at Cherry Hills, we got the realest version of that viral clip we’ll likely ever see when Auburn senior J.M. Butler drained this bomb on the 15th hole, raising his finger to the heavens months before his putt found the bottom of the cup. Behold the audacity.

The icing on the cake was Butler turning his divine finger gun into an uppercut fist-pump. You’re looking upon the work of a true master. This is a boy becoming a man right before our very eyes. And best of all? Butler went on to win his match 3 and 2, the same score by which Woods defeated Ancer back at Royal Melbourne. Coincidence? We think not.