Ryder Cup: Michael Jordan Has Crucial Advice for Team USA

Published 09/26/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan watches the action during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


We all know how much Michael Jordan loves to play and watch golf. And the NBA legend was recently at Whistling Straits, cheering for the Americans at the Ryder Cup 2020. Meanwhile, Team Europe is trying to make up some serious ground after a big first day at the Ryder Cup by the United States. Europe looked to close the gap in the Saturday morning foursome session but, in the end, won just one point. 

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Meanwhile, after the morning foursome matches, the deficit has increased, and the score currently stands 9-3. Hence, this makes what was already a crucial afternoon session even more important. But Team USA cannot afford to take things lightly yet, and that’s what MJ believes as well. 

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“You expect them to come out fighting,” says Michael Jordan

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar

Michael Jordan is at the Whistling Straits, attending his 12th Ryder Cup. Needless to say, there isn’t anyone who understands the team dynamics and playing with a lead better than MJ. And he has shared advice to Team USA on playing with a lead. 

“They’re backed into a corner, so you expect them to come out fighting. This is a Ryder Cup… We have to keep it going. We have to take it hole by hole, shot by shot.” 

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Michael Jordan counts several players from the Team USA as friends and even golf buddies back home in South Florida. MJ has played a lot of golf with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and others.  

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Meanwhile, in the morning session, Team USA won 3 games for the third straight time to increase its lead to a whopping six points. Moreover, with 12 of 28 points decided, the U.S. leads 9-3, and now, with 16 points remaining, Europe needs to win 11 of them to forge a 14-14 tie and retain the Ryder Cup

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In the morning session, every match made it to the 17th hole. But aside from the first match, the Europeans could not overcome the Americans to make the move they needed. But as MJ has said, they are going to come out fighting hard, as it is a do-or-die situation for them.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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