“I have no money, do you want to be my golf coach?”. It is with these words, during his college experience at the University of North Carolina (UNC), that Michael Jordan – at the time very young, already a basketball talent, but not yet the brightest star – approached golf. , now much more than a passion. To tell the curious anecdote, at GolfDigest, is Ed Ibarguen, now a member of the PGA of America for over 40 years.
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“All this – reveals Ibarguen – happened when I was working at UNC. I remember Jordan went into the pro shop and asked me: ‘are you Ed? I want to learn to play golf but we could have a problem because I don’t have the money to pay you’. then he added; ‘I really like this sport and I would like to learn how to practice it in the right way in case you were really willing to help me, without wasting time’. Jordan immediately fell in love with golf. He also played at night and after 36 holes he still didn’t want to stop”.
Ibarguen then recounts the greatest difficulties Jordan has had to deal with on the green. “His really big hands didn’t help him but he was able to make up for everything with commitment and self-denial but also thanks to his extraordinary ability to steal secrets with his eyes”.
And today what was only a passion at the time, has also turned into an entrepreneurial activity. With Jordan who is the owner of “The Grove XXIII”, a golf course – which has now become an excellence – located near Hobe Sound, in South Florida.
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.