Michael Block’s miraculous performance at the 2023 PGA Championship has high hopes that he can follow it up at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas this week. But there are some who think he’s already getting too arrogant after a certain comment about Rory McIlroy.
Block and McIlroy, the current third-ranked golfer in the world, paired up for the final round on Sunday at Oak Hill last week, and the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club teaching pro got an up-close look at one of the most iconic swings on the course.
Well, after watching McIlroy play, as he finished tied for 15th in the tournament, Block made a comment on the «RipperMagoo Podcast» with Bob Menery that has many believing he needs to back off a bit.
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«He’s a lot longer than me,» Block said when asked by Menery what the difference was between his game and McIlroy’s.
«Oh my God. What he would shoot from where Rory hits would be stupid. I think he would be one of the best players in the world. Without a doubt.»
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A bold comment to make, but Block truly believes he has the short game that he would hang with anyone.
«If I had that stupid length, all day. My iron game, wedge game, around the greens and putting is world class,» he said.
Block certainly showed that his game, outside of monster tee shots, can work well in tournaments. However, he has only made five cuts of the 25 PGA Tour events he has played in his career, which some pointed out on social media.
On the other hand, if the 46-year-old didn’t think his game was good enough, he wouldn’t have scored like he did at Oak Hill. He even held par for three rounds in a row, while others like Jon Rahm, Tony Finau and many other PGA Tour pros couldn’t handle the thick roughs and hard greens.
Block could put his new detractors to bed by backing up his words at the Charles Schwab Challenge this week.
With the Oak Hill location, Block will also head to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville next year for the 2024 PGA Championship.
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Block and his son, Dylan, also plan to try to qualify for the US Open, which will be played at the Los Angeles Country Club in mid-June.