Da matchPresenter Gary Lineker recounted the time he hosted Michael Jordan and Samuel L Jackson at the Sunningdale Golf Club.
The documentary Last Dance on Netflix, which was a hit with sports fans during the foreclosure of the coronavirus pandemic, shows Jordan’s career on and off the field with the Chicago Bulls.
In one episode, the focus was on Jordan’s incredible playing habits and also his love for golf – a passion that saw Lineker remember on a Sunday afternoon when he and a colleague greeted Jordan and some of his teammates.
Michael Jordan’s love of golf has seen him play around the world – and once with Gary Lineker
Today’s game host revealed meeting basketball icon in Sunningdale
Lineker’s story begins with a call from his agent on a Thursday evening that revealed Jordan’s desire to play on the Sunningdale course in Berkshire.
On Sunday, the only way to access the game is to be hosted by a member and therefore with Lineker registered for the course, he has agreed to accommodate three guests.
“If it’s a Sunday, they can’t play without a member, but I can host them (too f ****** on the right, I might),” continued Lineker’s Twitter feed.
He went from three guests to six and Lineker, to make sure he kept his word and was able to accommodate Jordan and his friends, needed a second member so as not to break club rules, so he asked to his friend ‘Queeny’.
Jordan was passionate about golf off the field and his team approached Lineker to get on the field
Lineker was a member of Sunningdale and detailed his story in a Twitter thread on Tuesday
Upon arrival, Lineker, who lived in Sunningdale, and “Queeny” were informed that their guests had gone out on puff cigars.
Jordan was seen in The last dance documentary with a preference for smoking a cigar outside on the golf course and he did the same in Berkshire.
Another key feature that emerged from the documentary is that Jordan liked to put his money where his mouth was in terms of golf and that betting was common on the green.
It is not known if “Queeny” was aware of Jordan’s habits, but Lineker revealed how his colleague wanted to offer money to raise the stakes with the famous Chicago Bulls star on the course.
Lineker, in recounting the conversation, reveals that Queeny said, “So Michael, would you like to bet, a small bet? “
‘Michael says,“ Sure, man. “Queeny says” So how much would you like to play for? Michael blows on his cigar, looks him straight in the eye, smiles and says “Anything that makes you uncomfortable, man.” Jordan had already won the day. “
The reward saw Jordan telling Lineker’s friend to bet “anything that makes you uncomfortable”
The NBA icon loved to play while being a player and was ruthlessly competitive in competition
While it is not clear if any money was won and lost during this round of golf in Sunningdale, what is certainly true is that Jordan enjoyed playing.
In the book Michael Jordan: Life, it was reported that he wrote a letter to a high school student saying he was happy to have paid a bet he won against her.
And in 2019, a check for $ 5 in Jordan’s time at university was auctioned off. It was written to another student from North Carolina and came after he won money in a pool game.
While playing for the Washington Wizards towards the end of his career, rookie Jamal Crawford challenged Jordan to a three-point shootout for $ 1,000. Jordan won. Crawford then raised it to $ 5,000 before winning.
Jordan asked him, “What car have you driven here?” It was a new Mercedes.
Jordan during his successful stint with the Chicago Bulls, when he won six championships
The veteran would have put his Ferrari for a bet, gone five for five and left in the new Crawford car.
It could tell the truth about Jordan’s desire to put money at stake and he could have summed it up best when talking about the documentary.
Now 57, he was asked in the documentary if he had a gambling problem. Speaking with confidence, he said, “No, because I could stop playing.
“I have a competition problem, a competition problem.”