Michael Block, who had a miraculous performance at the 2023 PGA Championship, has made a comment about Rory McIlroy that has some believing he’s getting too cocky. Block said on a podcast that if he had the length that McIlroy has, he would be one of the best players in the world. While Block believes he has the short game to hang with anyone, he has only made five cuts of the 25 PGA Tour events he’s played over his career. However, if he backs up his words at the Charles Schwab Challenge this week, he could put his naysayers to bed.
Michael Block’s miraculous performance at the 2023 PGA Championship has many hoping he can follow it up at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, this week. But there are a few who believe he’s getting a bit too cocky already after a certain comment about Rory McIlroy.
Block and McIlroy, the current third-best golfer in the world, were paired for the final round on Sunday at Oak Hill this past week, and the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club teaching pro got to see one of the most iconic swings up close on the course.
Well, after seeing McIlroy’s game, while finishing tied-15th in the tournament, Block made a comment on the “RipperMagoo Podcast” with Bob Menery that has many believing he needs to dial it back a bit.
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“He’s a lot longer than I am,” Block said when Menery asked the difference between his game and McIlroy’s.
“Oh, my god. What I would shoot from where Rory hits, it would be stupid. I think I’d be one of the best players in the world. Hands down.”
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Bold comment to make, but Block truly believes he has the short game that would hang with anyone.
“If I had that stupid length, all day. My iron game, wedge game, around the greens and putting is world-class,” he said.
Block certainly proved that his game, outside of monster tee shots, can perform well in tournaments. However, he’s made just five cuts of the 25 PGA Tour events he’s played over his career, which some pointed out on social media.
On the other hand, if the 46-year-old didn’t believe his game is good enough, he wouldn’t have scored like he did at Oak Hill. He was even par for three straight rounds, while others like Jon Rahm, Tony Finau and many other PGA Tour pros couldn’t handle the thick roughs and tough greens.
Block could put his new naysayers to bed if he backs up his words at the Charles Schwab Challenge this week.
Block’s confidence is understandable given his recent showing at the PGA Championship. He had a remarkable run, finishing tied for seventh place and earning a spot in the final pairing on Sunday alongside McIlroy.
Despite the fact that he didn’t win the tournament, Block’s performance was nothing short of miraculous. Many golf analysts and fans alike are hoping that he can continue his success at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
However, there are some who believe that Block’s recent comments about McIlroy are a bit too confident. After all, McIlroy is one of the best golfers in the world, and there are few who can match his prowess on the course.
But Block is sticking to his guns, insisting that he has what it takes to compete with the best of the best. And if he can back up his words with action at the Charles Schwab Challenge, he may just prove his doubters wrong.
Only time will tell whether or not Block can continue his impressive run of form. But one thing is for sure: he’s not lacking in confidence, and that could be just what he needs to take his game to the next level.
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