MLB Legend John Smoltz Reveals Who Is a Tougher Golf Opponent: Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods?

Published 04/09/2022, 2:39 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan smile to the crowd as they walk off the 17th green during the Pro-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are two of the greatest American athletes of all time. Both of them are pioneers in their sport and masters of the craft. And they are loved by millions of fans from around the world. But is tougher to beat in golf? An MLB legend gives his insights on that.

John Smoltz is a baseball legend who has played golf with both Michael and Tiger. Even though he has had success in playing against these two, he does have some legendary stories. He had considerably lesser success while playing against Tiger, but they still competed in ways that would give Tiger a disadvantage.

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Tiger Woods wouldn’t care if you trash-talk but never talk trash to Michael Jordan says Smoltz

Smoltz was the Dan Patrick show, and he recalls his experience playing golf with the two GOAT’s. He says, ” Well, they’re both the same in the same sense, in the will to win and to talk trash at the same time, is second to none. Tougher to play against Tiger Woods, because he’s almost impossible to beat.”

He says Tiger, in order to make it fair would give him three matches. 1v1,2v2 and 3v3. Tiger would almost always win the 1v1 but Smoltz says he won a lot in the 3v3. And it would all come down to the 2v2. He recalls a story where one of his friends made a hole in one against Tiger. And Tiger went 12 under in the next 22 holes to win the match. Before he started his run, Tiger gave a look to Smoltz, indicating that he was coming for him.

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28 April 2010: NBA great and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan during the Pro-Am of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Keane/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
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Smoltz says Jordan was a better trash talker than Jordan. He says that ” On the last hole of the match we’re playing in Chicago, he’s standing over a thirty footer… And he goes, this is no big deal and he starts reciting his resume. It was impressive… and he made the put.” He adds that hasn’t been a professional golfer like Michael Jordan and the way he will himself to win is incredible.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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