Meet viral Masters girl Aaliyah Kikumoto, Texas Tech cheerleader who made golf fans “fall in love in 15 seconds.”
While JON Rahm was the center of attention during this year’s Masters, for many he wasn’t the star of the show.
That honor went to Aaliyah Kikumoto, who rose to fame thanks to a viral TikTok.
The 15-second clip, seen in the background of CBS footage of Rahm and Brooks Koepka in the sixteenth at Augusta National Golf Club, went viral.
Kikumoto’s montage, titled “Somehow I feel in love with someone I only saw for 15 seconds,” “made the masters 10x better,” according to the @double.bogey account that posted the clips .
And it didn’t take long for that “someone” to get back to me, and Kikumoto responded to the TikTok with “thts me [laughing emoji]”
This was confirmed by her mother AJ, who responded on Twitter by saying: “Yessssss!!!! My husband!!! @CharlesKikumoto To his right is our daughter Aaliyah, in the TTU Pom Squad!!!
As it turns out, Kikumoto is a cheerleader for Texas Tech.
And it appears that while she’s not a golfer for the Red Raiders, she does have a history with the sport.
Responding to a comment from one of her teammates, Julissa Garcia, Kikumoto said she “was at varsity golf, too.”
A native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Kikumoto is a graduate of Rock Canyon High School. As an ambassador for CELSIUS energy drinks, Kikumoto is already capitalizing on the fame that comes with her chosen sport.
But with her star now rising faster than anyone could have imagined, Kikumoto seems aware of the name, image and likeness (NIL) deals that could come her way.
She took to Instagram to post shots of her posing in Agusta, wearing a Masters cap, white dress and matching Nike Air Max. She captioned the snaps, “Thank you Ho. 16 [starry eyes emoji][green heart emoji] #themastersgirl #themasters”
In response to a comment on the post, which read, “Bring this girl a NIL deal,” she said, “frr (for real)”
While another commented “nil gonna be zoomin after this one” to which Kikumoto said “frrr”
While her fame is skyrocketing and the NIL deals are likely to follow, her social media following has already started to grow, with over 13,000 on TikTok and 16,000 on Instagram.