Michael Jordan has a well-documented competitive nature — one that doesn’t manifest only on the basketball court.
Nearly equal to Jordan’s indomitable will to win is his love of golf, a passion he has enjoyed since early in his NBA tenure. Often, those two aspects of his personality intermingle. Such was the case when he once played a round of golf with pro golfer Brooks Koepka in South Florida.
Koepka, speaking with Scott Van Pelt on “SportsCenter” on Monday, recalled the time he made the regrettable decision to talk trash to Jordan. Perhaps he thought he would be safe from any blowback from MJ considering they were playing his sport.
As Koepka recalls, that was not the case:
“I was 1-up going to 17 tee. We’d been jawing all day and we have like a 40-yard walk back to the 17th tee and he hasn’t said much the last couple of holes,” Koepka said (via Yahoo Sports). “I said something like, ‘I’ve got you right where I want you.’
“He just tees the ball up, takes his practice swing and looks at me. ‘It’s the fourth quarter, baby, I don’t lose,’” Koepka said.
Jordan, Koepka said, then proceeded to win the remaining two holes, winning the match and teaching a valuable lesson to Koepka (who, you’ll remember, is the world’s No. 3 golfer and a four-time majors winner): Even if you’re among the best in the world at something, you should never talk smack to Michael Jordan in a competition.
“It’s probably the last time I’ve smack-talked him,” Koepka said. “I have not played him since, but hopefully we’ll tee it up again soon.”