PGA Champ hero Michael Block on PGA Tour MC: "Can't talk about this right now"

PGA Championship hero Michael Block has a message for the haters. 

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Sat, 27 May 2023
PGA Champ hero Michael Block on PGA Tour MC: "Can't talk about this right now"

PGA Championship hero Michael Block can now relax after his whirlwind two weeks came to an end with a missed cut at the Charles Scwhab Challenge. 

The 46-year-old club pro stole hearts and minds with his sensational performance at Oak Hill that started with a viral video of his reaction of being overwhelmed with beating Jon Rahm's score. 

After he made the cut at the major he was equally overblown with the news he would be playing alongside Rory McIlroy

As Jim Nantz put it, his fairytale continued when he slam-dunked an ace in front of the Ulsterman in his final round to send the New York crowd into bedlam. 

His final score meant he earned a spot into the major in 2023. Such was popularity, he was also given a space at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. 

It was a wild ride to say the least. His week began with an audacious claim that if he had the aforementioned McIlroy's length then he would be up there with the very best in the world. 

There's nothing like confidence, Blocky, but if I had wheels then I would be a bike. 

Related: Paige Spiranac slams Block for dodging wife's kiss

Block later clarified what he meant, saying:

"I'm not going to be on tour and all that stuff, so all the haters out there, come on, man. I mean, really? It's me. It's Michael. I'm having fun. I'm just playing. I'm still a club pro forever and I love the PGA of America and if you hate me, you hate me, but I still love you, so whatever."

After those comments he was involved in more Michael Block moments. 

He played a shot off a bridge, under a tree to save an audacious par. A short time later, he chunked a short chip 10 yards then bladed the next through the green. He also almost holed out for eagle. 

Still, in the end he missed the cut by 14 shots and finished dead last after shooting 81, 74 to post 15-over

Reacting to the last couple of weeks, Block said:

"I'm not going to let it all out until I get probably in the -- when I get to my house and I'm sitting in the backyard -- no, I can't talk about this stuff right now.
"My black lab Messy, he's waiting for me. I haven't seen him in almost two weeks, and I can't wait to get home and throw the ball with him."

What has been the most gratifying part of all of this, Michael?

"I practiced a lot in my life. I spent so many hours on a chipping green, putting green, I can't even explain to you. Like years, years. If you added up all the minutes that I spent around Whitmoor Country Club's chipping and putting green in St. Louis, Missouri -- St. Charles, actually -- it would be insane. It would be years. It would be probably ten years worth.
"Nobody is around me. Nobody telling me to do it. I just loved it. I loved it, and it paid off."

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