What a weekend for golf. The PGA Championship took place in Rochester, New York, and what a tournament it was. I attribute it all to Michael Block.
Michael Block, a 46-year-old golfer, recently achieved a significant milestone in his career, finishing tied for 15th at the PGA Championship. Despite participating in only 24 PGA Tour events, he managed to make the cut in just four of them. In the 2023 PGA Championship, his even-par performance over the first two days allowed him to make the cut for the first time in a major tournament.
When Block is not competing on the PGA Tour, he serves as the head PGA professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California. As a golf instructor, he charges $125 for a 45-minute lesson, as reported by Joe Pompliano. $125 to get to spend close to an hour with this guy must be so cool.
For those unfamiliar, a PGA Professional is essentially the guy who is the best golfer at any course and threatens to kick you off the course if you don’t take the cooler of Coors Light out of your cart. He is really one of us and I love it. Not only did he make the cut and finish top 15. He had the sickest hole in one I have seen with my own two eyes.
Along with his excellent finish, he made himself a nice payday of just under $300,000. I think it is safe to say he will take a few days of lessons off and maybe take a nice trip to Cancun.
I think my favorite thing about this whole tournament was all the big names cheering him on and helping him out. He was paired with Rory on Sunday and there was nobody more supportive of Michael than Rory was. After winning the tournament, Brooks Koepka was heard saying “Drinks are on you” while hugging Michael Block. You love to see guys being dudes and golf is so back.