‘Call Him a Friend’ : PGA Tour Winner Rickie Fowler Reveals Experince Playing Golf Alongside Michael Jordan

Published 04/28/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Michael Jordan watches a shot during the po-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)


Most NBA athletes play close to 90 games a year (adding the scrimmages and the playoffs). This can prove to be too much of one sport, and hence they resort to different activities when free. For Klay Thompson, it is boating. For Luka Doncic, it’s football, but for Michael Jordan, it has always been golf. And he is so good at it that even the pros speak highly of his talent.

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In MJ’s The Last Dance, the world saw how his obsession for golfing and inclination towards gambling pushed him into deep waters. But there was nothing that could deter Air Jordan from following his passion and later sharing the greenfield with golfing legends. One such notable golfer who shared the space with MJ is Rickie Fowler.

Rickie Fowler turned out to be a die-hard Michael Jordan fan

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In a recent interview, the five-time PGA Tour winner, Rickie Fowler, revealed how he felt when he first played alongside the NBA legend. He said, “For people when it’s their first time playing him… it’s Michael Jordan. I’m lucky enough to call him a friend. We played a decent amount, probably try and play with him here a couple of times in the next week and a half before I go out there for the tournament.” 

Michael Jordan smokes a cigar after hitting to the seventh green during the RBC Canadian Open’s Mike Weir Charity Classic Pro-Am at Glen Abbey Golf Club. July 20, 2009 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

Rickie did not just stop there as he even praised MJ’s skills because they helped Rickie himself get better. The 32-YO added, “I think it’s very beneficial for me. One, you’re playing against MJ, one of the most clutch guys there is. He’s good, especially when you get him around the greens and putting, he’ll putt anyone straight up.”

Rickie was just a 9-YO kid when MJ had quit the Bulls as a six-time NBA Champion. He then became a notable name in amateur golf as a teenager but failed to achieve the success everyone thought he would. 

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Big Rick made an interesting statement on MJ’s golf course

Jordan is the first-ever billionaire athlete in the world. He even owns a golf course named The Grove XXIII in Hobe Sound, Florida. Interestingly, the new course is popular for being one of the toughest for golfing professionals.

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Michael Jordan has reportedly got it designed in a clever manner to support his personal playing style. In fact, the pros community has tagged the course as “Slaughterhouse XXII” for supporting the short hitters and punishing the long hitters. 

The lavish club which opened in 2019 has 100 exclusive members, and Rick is one of them. In a March interview where he talked about playing against MJ, Rick said, “He can basically hit driver on all the par 4, par 5s. And if I want to hit driver, I have to kind of put it into a bit of a tighter spot. I can obviously play back if I want, but that becomes a little bit of a disadvantage, especially if it’s a hole where he’s getting a stroke on.”

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Do you like the MJ that plays golf more than the Jordan that played baseball? 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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