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MJ (Unsuccessfully) Heckled Ian Poulter At Medinah

I'm not sure this will bode well for Michael Jordan getting an inside-the-ropes badge at future Cups after fessing up to heckling Ian Poulter down the stretch in the 2012 Ryder Cupi.

In the first of three "Road To The Ryder Cup" shows airing on NBC Sunday at 2:30 PM ET and Golf Channel Wednestday at 6:30 ET, Mark Rolfing sheds light on the little known battle between Poulter and Jordan. Tune in for the first episode of 'Road to the Ryder Cup' on NBC Sunday 8/31 at 2:30PM ET and Golf Channel Wednesday 9/3 at 6:30PM ET.

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MJ will get his pass because, well, it's all about the ratings, right?
08.29.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
What pathetic tool, this MJ fella!
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterFT
They seem like the deserve each other. Sad its at the Ryder Cup.
Who was the first goofball U.S. captain that let Jordan attach himself to the RC?

Was it Kite?
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Pathetic that he is allowed "inside the ropes" and to engage in heckling a such a neat event. MJ is not part of the RC Matches, but seems he can't stand not being in the spotlight. He WAS a great basketball player. Now he needs to get on with life after-basketball and quit injecting himself with the "Hey, look at me" attitude. They would throw him out for such antics at Wimbledon.

'Sad its at the Ryder Cup." +1

FT and Pasaplayer +1
I was inside the ropes watching Poulter and Woods in a match but as I recall it, Woods was playing so badly that I was making small talk with the Euro wives because Woods was playing so badly.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
I felt like I've read this before. And I have. But it's Ryder Cup. Time to stir the pot.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMountain Man
Did he have the holy jeans on?
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
So MJ "poked" at him and Poulter "responded". I guess the US does not want to see that happening again.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJJ
That is why Ian Poulter is getting picked.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Watson is going to bring Joe Namath and Oscar Robertson for similar roles in this year's cup.

Seriously, I'm sure Watson won't stand for that nonsense. Stay home MJ.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
The Ryder Cup is one of those things that if you take a teeny step back, it looks really silly.

WAGs parading (Literally parading!!!) with matching handbags and dresses, a tune like "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" endlessly played in a minor key as television bumper music, non-sequitur inspirational leaders, serious-looking men zooming around in golf carts with walkie-talkies and earphones, golf as a quasi-military patriotic event

I guess you can't drive ratings by just focusing on the golf.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHennie Bogan
Poulter is a gigantic wanker but he's a killer in the Ryder Cup. If he could bottle the chip on his shoulder and take it to the British Open he'd put his name in the record books and be known for something beside his pants.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
Why are the pros enriching the PGA of America? Why should they get rich off the efforts of others? The older I get the more I think Tiger and O'Meara, et al, had it right.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKS
If they want to intimidate the Euros get Sam Snead out of his cryogenic tank and wheel him to the first tee at Gleneagles.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
KS you have a point and I mostly agree but the PGA of A machine needs feeding. There are good people there and I know one personally GREAT person staffer in South Fla doing the work of and for the pros and us people. Sure there appear to be some faults and marks that miss the target but they gotta keep trying and spending the money, right? I know Asst Pros out there with PGA membership deserve more and so do big sport D1 college athletes both male and female. So in fairness what do you suppose the Cuppers do in addition to their charity picking?
Why don't they pick a few player co-captains like a normal team? They can pick the warmup tape, lead the stretches and make sure there is a tap that works for the keg.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoss
I hope we don't see more of MJ at Gleneagles. Really??? Waving your finger at Poulter like he is Motumbo??? It seems that all he did was a light a fire under Poulter. Just what the US team needs, someone to give the Euro's more reason to win.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTA
Isn't it past time for MJ to qualify for the Champions Tour?
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
MJ has got the role of cigar smoking, shit-talking, whiskey sipping hanger-on down pat.
But at least he sells shoes and whatnot for Nike.

Get Brian Barnes out there on the first tee, lube him up with good brandy and coffee...and see if the US team likes what they've been cooking.

If Barnes ain't available...send in Chubby Brown!!
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Lets not forget his claws are firmly planted on Keegans feet too
"Get Brian Barnes out there on the first tee, lube him up with good brandy and coffee...and see if the US team likes what they've been cooking"

Johnny, the visual of that just cracked me up, good one.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
The "Tavisstock Cup disguised as a historically significant event" em I am sorry the Ryder Cup is a silly event.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommentervwA3v60golferrr.

I love your point about finger wagging. It's like, who does Michael Jordan think he is? Dikembe Mutombo?! As if!
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
''The Ryder Cup is one of those things that if you take a teeny step back, it looks really silly.''

Thank you.

plus 2
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Being paid to play sports for a living is one of those things that, if you take a teeny step back, looks really silly.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
Looks like Snedeker is out of the running for the US team, he is missing the cut miserably. So Hunter, Keegan, and ? Simpson I'd say, unless another USA guy such as Horschel wins, then I say pick him. Want the winners.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
What about Ryan Palmer? He's played well the last couple of months. Seems like a compatible type of guy.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@ Harv - yes, if Palmer plays well this weekend, it could come down to him vs. Simpson.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
What an appalling lack of class. I shouldn't be surprised, as Jordan is widely acknowledged as one of the worst human beings on the planet. Viva Europe!
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChema
Wow chema. Do you get to watch whats happening outside of your little world? What a dopey, POS thing to say.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEnigma
Palmer or Simpson...yikes.
2 words Tom...Playing Captain.
Let North earn a paycheck for once in his life.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
ANYTHING if you take a step back, can appear as a really silly event. But such things in life are what you make them. If you don't like the Ryder Cup - by all means, don't watch it, or visit it or follow it. Same goes for the World Series, The Indy 500, the Superbowl, The Masters......
The reality is, anything above the base level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is ' really silly,' so conduct your life accordingly.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Hey DTF, are you still sticking with Billy Haas over Jason Day? Is there really a comparison of the two as far as world class games?
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterVictor Regalado
This just hit me........Billy Horschel may be are Ian Poulter...ya think??
08.30.2014 | Unregistered Commentermarmooskapaul
@ Victor"

Day: Played parts of 8 seasons, 2 W's, 34 Top 10's, Total money won, about $16/17 million. 7 Major Top 10s, 5 top 5's.

Haas: Played 11 Seasons, 5ws, (has won at least one in last 4 yrs), won about $19 million, not including Fedex Cup. No major Top 10's, a big miss for sure. And it seems Day is moving up faster, but he needs to win some actual tournaments.

Certainly there is a comparison.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Brian, Let's say we have a draft for future earnings, wins, major finishes. Day and Haas are both available to choose. Who do you take?
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterVictor Regalado
Couple of random rambling thoughts.....

It's a bad sign for golf that this MJ/Poulter "story" is actually a story. Feels like tabloid filler. The 2023 US Open possibly going to LACC North deserves more posts than this thread.

Until further notice Jason Day has the same number of wins on the PGA Tour as Jose Coceres. No disrespect intended to either Jose or Jason. High finishes (singular/multiple) in majors have ZERO, repeat ZERO, relevance for future results (ask Sergio Garcia). Or Charl Schwartzel, Rich Beem, YE Yang, Shaun Micheel, Todd Hamilton, etc, etc, etc.

Too many golf "fans" get caught up in high finishes (non wins) for a certain player to gauge future success. All of us should realize by now that (high finishes) is never ever an accurate barometer of future success in golf for WINS. In terms of actual results Jason Day has a lway to go to match the win total of Rocco Mediate, Bill Haas, Jonathan Byrd, Mark Wilson, Kevin Streelman, Ryan Palmer, Ben Curtis, Steve Lowrey, Duffy Waldorf, Roger Maltbie, Gary Koch, Billy Ray Brown or Phil Blackmar.

Professional golf on the touring level is littered by the next "can't miss" player(s).

This is Days 7th season on the PGA Tour and is still one win behind Camillo Villegas. Honestly if he can match John Daly for career PGA Tour wins (5) or majors (2) he will have been crazy successful.

For as hyped as Day was coming to the PGA Tour his actual results (based on wins) do not deserve the continued coverage he gets. He seems to get more press for his almost golf accomplishments than Dustin Johnson does for actual golf only accomplishments. Dustin has lapped Jason multiple times in career golf accomplishments (Wins 8-2) while being on the PGA Tour roughly the same amount of time.

I could continue with more numbers. By now it should not matter in regards to Day. At then end of the day in professional golf you get ranked by wins. At this point in time Day is lacking based on hype.

08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan

Funny you say that - I was on a radio show in Australia this week discussing under-rated Australian sports people.

Some one suggested Jason Day - who is a really talented player - and my immediate response was ' he might be the most over-rated'
He isn't but it is surprising how few tournaments we has won.
08.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton

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