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‘Move On From This Clown’: Fans Rampage at Micheal Block Feat; Release Frustration Over Early Block Party Hype

Published 05/15/2024, 9:50 AM EDT

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Set to start off the 106th edition of the PGA Championship, after tying for T15 last year, Micheal Block once more garners the spotlight of fans. Despite Brooks Koepka emerging victorious at the 2023 PGA Championship, Block commanded much of the attention last year. Is history repeating itself? It appears so.

Golf Digest posted on Instagram, reminiscing about the American golfer’s performance from last year. Hinting at a fond connection between the golfer and Valhalla, the suggestion references his remarkable performance last year, securing his spot in this year’s PGA Championship lineup.

However, despite the post recalling those moments, there’s a significant difference now, with the pro becoming the focus of considerable negative discussion. The post, captioned “Blockie and Valhalla get along well,” highlighted his 1-over-71 shot on Sunday, ultimately securing his entry to Valhalla this year. It also introduced the nickname “Blockie” for the golfer.

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As highlighted in the post, the California club professional had an exceptional week at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York. Enthusiasts paid significant attention to this, with some believing the golfer is overly hyped for this year. Such opinions gained momentum as the comment section quickly filled with negative reactions.

Micheal Block faced a barrage of negative reactions

Expressing the belief that the golfer is receiving excessive hype, one fan commented, “This guy again – not sure I need coverage of him every year.” This sentiment stems from last year when, despite Koepka’s impressive performance with rounds of 72-66-66-67 for a total of 9-under-par 271, Block captured the hearts of fans by making the cut and tying for 15th place.

Sharing similar sentiments, another fan remarked, “Time to stop watching golf posts for the next week. Only gonna be Block and Tiger posts.” This observation underscores the anticipation of social media being flooded once again with posts featuring Block and Tiger Woods. Woods missed last year’s greens because of a subtalar fusion procedure for post-traumatic arthritis from a previous talus fracture. Now, fans expect him to share the spotlight with Micheal Block this year.

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In frustration, a fan exclaimed, “Seriously, can we just move on from this clown!” This underscores the recognition that the 2024 PGA Championship field features numerous renowned pros like Phil Mickelson, Scottie Scheffler, and others, as well as the LIV Golfer Joaquin Niemann, who secured a special invite to compete at Valhalla.

One fan took it a step further and made a prediction: “Will miss the cut.” It suggests despite Block’s qualification to play in this year’s PGA Championship due to his performance last year, it could signify the end, with this fan foreseeing Block failing to make the cut this year.

One comment simply stated, “That’s enough,” hinting that the golfer’s hype among enthusiasts last year might have overshadowed other pros. They aim to avoid a repetition of that situation, especially with many other golfers expected to receive mention this week, considering the stacked field size this year.

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As the second major approach, Micheal Block has already faced the community’s backlash. Do you think he’ll have the opportunity to change fans’ minds during the tournament?

 

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Dakshinesh Kumar Naman

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Naman Kumar is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. An expert in analytical pieces, he never fails to awe his readers with his niche coverage of big names—like his idol, Phil Mickelson—in the sport. Naman is also adept at predictability pieces, where he explores the immediate future of players, be it through where they’ll play next or whether injuries will cause them to withdraw from an event.
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Jacob Gijy

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