Michael Block’s life completely changed in four days at the 2023 PGA Championship in Oak Hill to the point where NBA legend Michael Jordan sends him text messages.
Unsurprisingly, the club pro from Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California received a flurry of texts and calls after finishing tied for 15th in the Major last weekend.
Block didn’t just make the cut. He entered the top 10 on Sunday, paired with Rory McIlroy, and nailed a hole-in-one in his final round that gave him an overall score of 1 over which will clear him for next year’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf. Club. in Louisville.
Block is trying to respond to everyone who sent praise, but he admitted to ESPN that it’s been difficult.
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«I literally scroll and scroll and scroll and it never ends. I can’t even get to the bottom of any of my feeds to see how many or who is watching me. So it’s been crazy,» Block said.
Among the many messages was one from Jordan, an avid golfer who was watching the tournament and noticed that Block was wearing some of his low-top Air Jordans on the course all week.
«I’m a big Jordan guy my whole life. I was a little kid in Iowa saving $100 for a pair of Jordans back in the day,» Block said, via ESPN.
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Jordan sent nothing but positivity to Block, saying, «what he saw is why he loves the game of golf so much.»
Despite having played in the PGA Championship and the US Open in the past, Block still can’t believe what he was able to achieve on a field so difficult that the likes of John Rahm (7-over), Dustin Johnson (9-over ) and Tony Finau (15+) had trouble posting good rounds.
«It’s always amazing to see somebody that, if you go to the US Amateur or the US Mid-Am and see those players how great they are and have a job,» Max Homa, who finished 9-over at the Major, said. «I spend all my days here practicing golf. That’s all I have to do, and he can still beat the hell out of me.»
Block’s performance didn’t just showcase his skills on a golf course. He quickly made it a fan favorite. He was a man of the people all week, he choked back and forth after realizing what he was accomplishing.
«I’ve said it many times, but it’s just a dream,» he said, via ESPN.
And he’ll be back on the PGA Tour this week after the Charles Schwab Challenge made him a sponsor exemption at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
Again, tears flowed when she got the call for it. But Block knows that now his golf game is at the point where he can compete with the best in the world.
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So while you’re still trying to understand what you’ve accomplished, you have a job to do this week. And many, including «His Airness,» will root for him as he continues to amaze the world.