Michael Jordan’s affinity for the game of golf, and just about anything else that you can gamble on, has been well documented. He’s also by no means some weekend hacker on the course. Jordan, who is obviously an incredible athlete and one of the biggest competitors of all time, can hold his own on the links, as he sports a miniscule handicap of 4.
His love for the game of golf, in addition to his close personal relationship with United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III (they used to golf together when both attended the University of North Carolina), has resulted in “His Airness” being named an honorary member of the United States Ryder Cup team. Jordan was the roommate of Buzz Peterson at North Carolina, and it just so happens that Peterson was Davis Love III’s golfing buddy. The two would bring Michael along whenever they went out to play a round of golf. As such, Jordan credits Love with introducing him to the game of golf.
If anyone can get a group of golfers fired up to go out and compete, one would imagine that Jordan would be that person. Love’s explanation of Michael’s role and the reasoning behind it was relatively simple. “We’re going to have him in the team room if he wants to come in. Or we’re going to have him hang out in the locker room. He’s just a good motivation for a lot of these guys that don’t know him. He doesn’t have an official role except for he’s one of our buddies and we like having him around.”
Seeing as the United States team has racked up a relatively dismal record in the Ryder Cup as of late, bringing in Jordan may just be the thing that turns the tide and gets some of the players motivated enough to take down a very talented European team.