ENTERTAINMENT | May 29, 2023
In a matter of five days, Michael Block went from golf hero to villain. After his Rory McIlroy comments hit the PGA news cycle, everything came crumbling down. The Block Party is over, my friends.
A long time ago I dated a girl who never took a drag of a cigarette but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a stone-cold smoker. But you know how it is at the beginning of a relationship, everything’s all lollipops and sunshine, right?
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But as things progress, you start to see the cracks in the foundation. Her raspy little voice that I once found so intoxicating was starting to give me a hangover. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder but there’s also another adage that says, familiarity breeds contempt.
And like that old girlfriend, the Everyman, Michael Block, a teaching pro who golfed his way into our hearts by hanging atop the leaderboard with the best in the world at the PGA Championship earlier this month by finishing 15th, including a hole-in-one, on coincidentally, the 15th hole, has begun to show cracks in his own foundation.
You may recall that Block was paired with the iconic Rory McIlroy for the fourth and final round of the PGA Championship. When the round ended, the two embraced like they had known each other since grade school. Every duffer in the world felt vindicated by living vicariously through Block’s magical mystery tour. It was quite a moment and a story we just didn’t want to end.
But less than a week after his dream weekend and headlining every bit of golf news, Block went on the RipperMagoo podcast with Bob Menery. The host asked Block what the biggest difference was between his game and McIlroy’s. Below is the exchange between the two.
“He’s a lot longer than I am, that’s what it is,” said Block, a factual statement.
“So, the length is the big thing?” Menery added.
“Oh my God,” Block said. “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. Hands down. If I had that stupid length, all day. My iron game, wedge game, around the greens, and my putting is world-class,” he said.
Alright. I like Michael Block. I loved the story from last week. But dear god. This can’t be real. pic.twitter.com/BieNpf2gzT
— Amanda Rose (@AmandaGolf59) May 25, 2023
Don’t you just wish our heroes would shut the hell up? Here’s a guy that nobody heard of two weeks ago and now he’s comparing himself to the best in the world.
It’s cringe-worthy and a bit of a betrayal to all of those who rooted for him with every ounce of their being. We wanted him to be proud but humble, confident yet self-deprecating, and most of all, profoundly appreciative that he got the opportunity to walk among the giants and, for a short while, was one of them.
After being invited to the Charles Schwab Challenge following his stunning PGA Championship performance, he failed to make the cut, coming in dead last of 120 entries. To those that went as far as betting on him, sucks to be you. The lesson here: there’s a fine line between confidence and delusion, and it appears Michael Block may just be figuring that out.
Every player when they’re asked about Michael Block this week: pic.twitter.com/6obmvq51mJ
— Tour Golf (@TuorGolf) May 26, 2023