Michael Jordan fulfilled the dream of countless people by winning the gold medal twice in the Olympics. The dream team under the leadership of Jordan soared high and was undoubtedly the best in history. Notably, even the jacket he wore raked millions in the auction.
Despite being the biggest cheerleader for Team USA, His Airness turned its back by supporting Europe for the upcoming Ryder Cup. This revelation by Luke Donald came as a shock to everyone especially considering Jordan’s loyalty to Team USA throughout his career.
The European captain broke the news by revealing that he recently had the chance to dine in with the legend himself. Donald candidly said, “He tipped the Europeans to win”. He continued, “Take whatever you want out of that one”.
Michael Jordan at the 1999 Ryder Cup.
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Furthermore, Jordan’s connection with the Ryder Cup is undeniable. He has been consistent with his attendance at the Ryder Cup since his first time in 1997. However, this year it seems like his streak will be broken as Donald said, “Something had come up” for Jordan.
He might miss the chance to see Team USA accomplish a feat they last did in 1993 which is to win a historic match on European soil. The team is determined to end this 30-year losing streak in Europe. Although they soared to victory at Whistling Straits in 2021, Captain Zach Johnson and his 12-man squad are focused on rewriting history.
Michael Jordan opened his golf club in 2019
Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest player of all time in the NBA. However, his love for golf is not unknown to the community. Back in 2019, he made headlines by opening his golf club named ‘The Groove XXIII‘. This is nestled in Florida, and numerous American golf stars have come over to play at this iconic club. Notably, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas who are representing Team USA this year have visited.
Many were taken aback by Donald’s revelation, as Jordan has been a supporter throughout his thriving career. However, he has also shed light on the complex link between friendship and sports loyalty. Donald stated, “He is a good friend. He would be very supportive of me having a great experience. I think, ultimately, he wants the US to win”.
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Michael Jordan keeping a close eye on @TigerWoods in 2006.
— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) October 17, 2022
This has emphasized how even though Jordan mentioned his tip on Europeans, he in his heart wants the US to win. Team USA is all set for its victory this year, and Jordan is not new to the pressure that they might be under. In a 2021 interview with Steph Curry, Jordan expressed his preference for playing on European soil rather than his own.
He cited the reason that the change in landscape gives him better concentration. Ultimately, Jordan’s support for Europeans adds an intriguing layer to this year’s Ryder Cup. Whether the Team USA got discouraged or motivated by this is something that will be witnessed soon.