PGA Tour rookie and instant millionaire Aaron Wise has become the butt of jokes after the 21-year-old was brutally denied a celebratory kiss after his breakthrough win.
Wise upstaged Aussie Marc Leishman with a faultless final round in the Byron Nelson championship to claim his maiden PGA title and a winner’s cheque of more than $1.8 million in Texas.
Running in to congratulate the young gun on his momentous victory was a beautiful blonde woman who threw her arms around the American in a loving embrace.
Cameras captured the pair hugging for a few seconds before Wise pulled away and appeared to go in for a kiss.
Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, his female companion countered the attempted kiss with a look of complete shock as Wise was forced to endure the ultimate ‘friend zone’ manoeuvre.
If the public humiliation wasn’t already bad enough for Wise, the American then had to contend with the inevitable flooding of posts from fans on social media.
Omg I’m cringing
— Pitch Plz (@caitlinmarie721) May 21, 2018
If 1.3M won’t get you a kiss I don’t know what will
— Draftkings GPP (@DKGPP) May 21, 2018
Good lord my skin is crawling
— TA (@Tyler_412) May 21, 2018
Presumably, the young lady that denied Wise his congratulatory kiss is the American’s girlfriend, whom he has posted about previously on social media.
Sure, the brutal rejection will be a tough one for the youngster to take but he can take comfort from the amazing records he set as a result of the incredible victory.
As well as becoming the youngest US PGA Tour winner in more than a year, Wise’s 23-under score saw him smash the previous tournament record set by Rory Sabbatini in 2009 of 19-under par.
The 21-year-old and world No.16 Leishman shared the overnight lead and played together in the final group after a four-hour rain delay.
But Wise, in only his 26th start on the tour, shot a bogey-free closing six-under 65 to finish at 23-under and win by three shots from Leishman who carded a 68 in the benign conditions.
“I felt oddly calm all day long and to pull that off and play as good as I did, bogey free, was awesome,” Wise, who won once each on the Web.com and Canadian tours, said afterwards.
“I felt like when it rained today I was really going to tear the course up just because it allowed me to hit the driver, which is my strength.
“I got a lot of short irons in my hand and was able to make a lot birdies.”