Michael Jordan sent ‘heartfelt’ texts to ’emotional’ Michael Block telling him he’s an ‘inspiration’

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It’s been about a month since Michael Block captured the hearts and minds of golf fans across the world with a stunning display at the PGA Championship.

The course pro from Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Orange County, California shocked the world – winning Low Professional, finishing tied for 15th, and getting an exemption into next year’s edition of the second major on the calendar.

Speaking to the New York Post, Block has returned to his regular day job – but his success has meant some not-so-normal things have happened. For one, he got a message from one of the greatest sportsmen ever. 

‘Michael Jordan texted me, and I didn’t even see his original text at first,’ Block told the Post at Arroyo Trabuco. 

‘My Nike guy called me at Colonial and said, “Dude, did you see that Jordan texted you yesterday?” I’m like, “What? You gotta be kidding me,” because I had thousands of texts. It took me a half-hour of going through them to find it.’

Michael Block has gone back to his day job teaching golf after a wild PGA Championship story

Michael Block has gone back to his day job teaching golf after a wild PGA Championship story

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Block said that he got a lot of attention - and was even called an inspiration by Michael Jordan

Block said that he got a lot of attention – and was even called an inspiration by Michael Jordan

In the first message he sent block, Jordan said that Block would ‘always be an inspiration’ to him.

The NBA Hall-of-Famer even reached out after he missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial, saying ‘you never know until you try’.

‘These were like really heartfelt texts,’ Block said. ‘They were not, “Hey, really great playing, M.J.”‘

Block said that it took a while for the events of the PGA Championship truly hit him – with his successful weekend at Oak Hill – capped off with a hole-in-one on the 15th hole – one to remember. 

‘The craziest part was when I woke up on Monday morning weeping in my bed,’ Block told The Post during a visit with him at his club, Arroyo Trabuco, this week.

‘That’s when I realized that week was actually real, like, “Holy s**t, that actually did happen.” I woke up in my bed bawling. 

‘My wife was with me and she was like, “Oh my God,” because she’d never seen me cry before.

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‘I’m not an emotional guy, but I was suddenly so emotional that week. That struck a nerve for sure that I didn’t even know I had. The release was crazy.’

After Block missed the cut, Jordan texted him again saying 'you never know until you try'

After Block missed the cut, Jordan texted him again saying ‘you never know until you try’

Unfortunately for Block, he’s not playing at the major just up the road from him this weekend: the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club.

Block moved his qualifier from Southern California to Canada, as he took part in last week’s RBC Canadian Open as a sponsors exemption. However, he didn’t make the cut. 

‘It’s very disappointing that I’m not there, because I feel like my game’s really good right now where I could be there,’ Block said. 

‘I’m not saying I could compete to finish 15th again, but I could make-the-cut type thing and see what happens. 

‘I’ve played LACC a lot, and I love the golf course. U.S. Opens usually set up pretty good for me, which is firm and fast and Bermuda grass I’m used to. 

‘So, I’m disappointed I’m not there, but at the same time I’m so beat that I don’t know if I would have had that much game. I am disappointed, but at the same time I’m somewhat relieved I’ve got a couple weeks to try to get back to normal.’

Block won the title of Low Professional at the PGA, but couldn't qualify for this year's US Open

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Block won the title of Low Professional at the PGA, but couldn’t qualify for this year’s US Open

But his success in Rochester - with this hole-in-one the highlight - will be memorable

But his success in Rochester – with this hole-in-one the highlight – will be memorable

That ‘normal’ feeling may never come back for Block after the success he had in Rochester and the media circus that followed.

But for the time being, he’s back at the course and has returned to his teaching ways. 

‘I’m trying to get back to normal, but at the same time I’m a social guy, so when someone wants to come up and talk to me, I talk them, and the problem is that everyone wants to talk to me,’ he said. 

‘So, me just trying to walk around is a very difficult thing right now. It’s hard to go anywhere right now. It’s crazy.’ 

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