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Michael Jordan Had Golf “Foursome” Fantasies Including Tiger Woods in His Wild Admission from 1997: “We Play Skins, and Nobody Wins a Skin Unless…”

Published 11/21/2022, 4:00 PM EST

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Michael Jordan left a legacy on the basketball court that most can’t imagine reaching. A career spanning 13 seasons, His Airness won six NBA championships, not losing a single time on the grand stage. In addition, his ten scoring titles remain the most in NBA history. MJ’s competitive spirit and will to be the best brought out an animal the basketball world hadn’t witnessed before. However, basketball wasn’t Jordan’s only love. The Chicago Bulls icon would often take to golf courses in his free time. And in 1997, he revealed his dream gold foursome.

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Jordan has long enjoyed the game of golf. Much like his persona on the NBA court, the five-time MVP was a competitive freak on the course. He once woke up former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly to demand a rematch at dawn. With his love for competition, the stakes were always high. Notably, Michael Jordan was willing to bet amounts enough to make even some of the biggest names nervous.


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Over the years, several golf legends have given him his props. A great friend to one of the best golfers ever, Tiger Woods, Jordan had him on his dream list of competitors. However, Woods merely scratches the surface of greatness on MJ’s dream golf foursome.

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During his 1997 interview with playboy, the Michael Jordan was put on the spot. He was asked to name his dream golf team. Notably, there was room for just four. While MJ knew who his four golfers were, he couldn’t do without putting himself on the list of some of the greatest golfers in history. The face of Air Jordan proposed a game of skins with the prize only up for grabs by hitting a hole-in-one.

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Michael Jordan revealed his golf foursome, “Can I say five? Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Ben Hogan, and me. We play skins, and nobody wins a skin unless he knocks a hole in one.”


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Unsurprisingly, Jordan picked out four Hall of Fame golf players. However, these four arguably fall under the greatest of all-time category. One of MJ’s best friends, Tiger Woods is one of the most influential athletes of all time. The third billionaire athlete in history, he is the most successful PGA Tour golfer. On the other hand, Hogan and Palmer are among the top five winners in PGA Tour history. Love earned his Hall of Fame call-up in 2017 with 37 total titles under his belt.


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The assembly of these legends alone would be one of the greatest golf matchups of all time. However, adding a global icon like Michael Jordan would have broken the sporting world.

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Written by:

Anuj Talwalkar


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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.
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Satagni Sikder