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‘I’d be one of the best players in the world’ – Michael Block reveals the one trait of Rory McIlroy missing from his game



PGA Professional Michael Block has become the talk of the golf world after he finished T15 in last week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

The 46-year-old earned $280,000 for the week and was also given a surprise invitation to the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club and The RBC Canadian Open the week before the U.S. Open.

Block even received a text message from a childhood hero, Michael Jordan.

“I mean, getting a text from Michael Jordan today, that’s – I’m a big Jordan guy my whole life,” he said at his pre-tournament press conference at Colonial.

“I was a little kid in Iowa saving 100 bucks for a pair of Jordans back in the day. Pretty darn cool, to say the least.

“It was something in the way that what he saw is why he loves the game of golf so much.”

Block is undoubtedly a Cinderella story, but that doesn’t mean he lacks serious talent. To finish T15 at such a grueling course in Oak Hill is a testament to how good reigning PGA of America Professional Player of the Year really is.

While on a podcast with Bob Menery, Block said he believes if he had Rory McIlroy’s distance off the tee, he’d be one of the best players in the world.

“He’s a lot longer than I am. That’s what it is. Oh my God. What I would shoot from where Rory hits it, would be stupid. I think I’d be one of the best players in the world. If I had that stupid length? All day. My iron game, wedge game, around the greens and my putting is world class.”

Block’s skill will once again be put to the test at the Charles Schwab Challenge this week. Colonial Country Club is a course that doesn’t require as much length as Oak Hill. It’s more of a plotter and shot makers course, so it should suit Block very well in theory.

He’s set to tee it up at 2:28 pm local time on Thursday alongside Min Woo Lee and Pierceson Coody.

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    May 27, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Don’t understand how ANYTHING in this story is woke-related. Block was a fantastic story last week. But that quote aboit “if he had Rory’s length…”. The golf gods obviously didn’t like that kind of talk!

  2. mo

    May 26, 2023 at 11:41 am

    I’m gonna take that as he’d be able to crack the Kornferry Tour. Being in the top 1000 is being one of the best in the world. Or did he mean top 125 lol. NO WAY HE’D BE TOP 5. lmao

  3. Tom K

    May 26, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Block shot a gazillion yesterday.

  4. PJ

    May 25, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    If Rory had Blocks attitude he would be one of the best in the world as well

  5. paulo

    May 25, 2023 at 7:41 am

    I look forward to seeing what Block shoots this weekend. Hopefully that’ll be the end of it …

    • Tom

      May 25, 2023 at 9:02 am

      Why so negative? You seem angry at a guy you don’t even know and for what reason? What did he do to you? I don’t understand the hate for a guy living his dream

      • Bob

        May 25, 2023 at 12:34 pm

        Hater schmater mashpotater, Tom. Stfu with your woke memes. The question of Block’s staying power is legit. I hope he stays.

        • Jboner

          May 25, 2023 at 5:48 pm

          Staying power? The dude isn’t gonna get his card so it shouldn’t be in question.

      • Ray

        May 26, 2023 at 1:54 pm

        Oh Geez, here we go again with the woke mob, crying tears for every joe Block to come along.
        GMAB already. This guy will be forgotten in less than 30 days. Even he knows that.

        Cool what he did?, yes no doubt, but it takes far more than one showing to make a racehorse.

        People like you love to create heroes, just for tying their laces up right.

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LPGA star blocks fan account that follows her every shot on the course



Social media in golf has changed the game in many ways.

For instance, “tracker” accounts on twitter typically follow a player and provide real time shot tracking for fans so they can keep an eye on what their favorite players are doing. The biggest example of this is “Tiger Tracker” (@GCTigerTracker) who has about 414,000 followers. Many have tried to duplicate these types of accounts with other players to varying degrees of success.

A recent example of one of these accounts is one dedicated to tracking LPGA star, Leona Maguire. In an odd turn of events, Maguire blocked the “Leona Maguire tracker” account for reasons unknown.

The tracker stated they were “hurt and confused” by the blocking.

It seems as if the block was caused by negative reporting on the shots Leona was hitting on the course. One Twitter user brought that to the attention of the tracker, who vowed to do better in the future.

At the end of the day, these “tracker” accounts are just a player’s fan accounts. Therefore, it can’t be a major shock if the player doesn’t appreciate the negative comments when they don’t have their best stuff.

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College golfer suffers gruesome on-course injury during NCAA Championship



Over the weekend, a scary injury took place at the NCAA National Championship at Greyhawk Country Club.

According to Golfweek, a sophomore from Oregon, Greg Solhaug stepped on a tee during the event. The tee went all the way through his shoe and his foot, forcing him to withdraw.

After Solhaug withdrew, Oregon only had four players remaining to compete. The Ducks head coach, Casey Martin, told he’s never seen that type of injury before.

“I’ve been in golf nearly 50 years and have never seen anything like that. He was in a lot of pain.”

The NCAA’s Associate Director Rick Nixon released a statement on the incident.

“Oregon student-athlete, Gregory Solhaug, suffered a foot injury during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships and was forced to withdraw from competition. Oregon, which completed Saturday’s second round with four players, will have the option to substitute another player into their team lineup for subsequent competition rounds, as they deem appropriate.”

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Phil Mickelson reveals why he won’t accept Brandel Chamblee’s offer to debate with him on Golf Channel



A couple of weeks ago, Phil Mickelson admitted he had been a “bit chippy” on Twitter recently. That hasn’t stopped him though, and last week he escalated the war of words between confirmed anti-LIV analyst Brandel Chamblee and himself, with support led by Brooks Koepka’s coach.

2022 saw much of LIV derided for having players now incapable of competing in major championships. Now, after many placings at Augusta, and Koepka’s win at the PGA Championship, the tide is beginning to turn, summed up by Lefty’s comment on his favourite social media site:

Soon after the victory, Koepka’s coach Claude Harmon gave his view of the ‘pay-to-play’ model, saying, “I want LIV to succeed and I want LIV to work because I am pro-professional athlete,” confirming his belief that the top golfers should be paid whatever the result.

He then took a swipe at Golf Channel’s Chamblee and golf journalist Eamon Lynch for their constant jabbing at the source of income for the rebel tour.

“Brandel is a paid actor by NBC and Golf Channel. All he’s trying to do is get his lines and shows for the Golf Channel. He’s just trying to get lines for Brandel … And I mean, I love him, I think Eamon is a fantastic writer, but for Eamon Lynch and Brandel Chamblee, who worked for NBC Golf Channel to utter the words ‘sports washing’ when the company they work for televised the last two Winter Olympics in Russia and China with the same leaders that they’ve had. It’s not like they were good leaders back then. It’s not like Putin was a good guy, right?”

Where Chamblee was happy to argue on television about the LIV/Ryder Cup debate, he is as happy as Mickelson to state his case on-line, most notably concentrating again in ‘sports-washing, ‘ denying he is a “proxy for the opinion of my employer, ” amidst a 500-plus word post that included a swipe at Harmon.

“Especially, as in the case of the person who called me a paid actor, if they can somehow profit from the evil. This is where the debate crashes headfirst into the nexus of politics, sports and narcissistic greed. Where those who want to escape it most often cloy at whataboutisms, to stop the discussion with a pejorative accusation because they don’t want their motives to be discovered.”

“So while Brooks Koepka’s win at the PGA Championship was impressive, it should not distract us from the simple fact that LIV players are being used for the benefit of some very bad people and to the detriment of a great many more good people. That LIV Golf, with its inability to develop stars and seeking to buy them like high performance cars, is undermining the dignity intrinsic in golf.”

That’s when Mickelson steps in and, after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, starts the fire by posting,

“Poor Brandel. He can rip apart me and countless others, but as soon as someone shows his ignorance, he can’t handle it. He’s softer now than he was as a player.”

That was enough (again) for Chamblee, who got even more personal, highlighting the imminent release of the book by convicted insider trader Billy Walters, and his relationship with the six-time major champion. 


As NUCLR Golf tried to sum up the entire episode, Mickelson then revealed another twist – his fierce rival had blocked him!

On Saturday, midway through LIV Golf DC, Phil was back, seemingly notifying all that he would be even more vocal in future.

Asked if he would go on-screen to debate, Mickelson was clear that he wouldn’t be going to Chamblee’s ‘house’:

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