The Rise and Fall of Michael Block: From Hero to Zero in a Week
Michael Block, the relatively unknown club pro who became a household name after his impressive performance at last week’s PGA Championship, had a difficult start at the ongoing Charles Schwab Challenge. The 46-year-old Californian found himself struggling on day one of the tournament, shooting an 11-over par score that left him languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Last week saw Block pull off some incredible shots to tie for 15th place and earn congratulations from none other than basketball icon Michael Jordan. But with his latest showing highlighting just how fickle golf can be, he was understandably emotional about being able to return home to his family once this tournament is over.
“I’m going to see my boys tomorrow night,” he said. “I’m looking forward to coming out tomorrow, playing a great round, giving it everything I have.”
A Day To Forget For Block At Colonial Country Club
Block played alongside Min Woo Lee and Pierceson Coody before going on to shoot four bogeys on five holes – including an errant wedge shot over the green on hole one which proved costly. An equally poor bunker shot followed soon after as he recorded another bogey on hole two.
In spite of salvaging par on hole ten despite skewing his tee shot into a bridge support structure along its path , three double bogeys coupled with three more bogeys during those last eight holes meant that he ended up finishing with an overall score of 81 by day’s end- four strokes behind all competitors present on the day.
Reflecting on his performance, a philosophical Block said: “If you are a golfer, you’ve had the day I had and you understand the facts of where the lies aren’t good and trees are in your way every time, and even your good shots are bad, your bad shots are worse. You know what? It is what it is. I’m going to live with it.”
The Future for Michael Block
While Block may have been hoping to build on last week’s momentum at this tournament, he now has some work ahead of him if he hopes to get back into contention here. That being said, given his recent heroics at Oak Hill – which saw him earn $288,333 in prize money along with an invitation back next year- there remains plenty of hope that this club pro can continue making waves within golfing circles.
Meanwhile atop leaderboard after day one was England’s Harry Hall who shot eight-under par; three strokes clear of American Harris English.