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Michael Jordan to serve as U.S. Ryder Cup advisor and motivator

September 07, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Michael Jordan, shown on the first tee of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe on July 20, is no stranger to the Ryder Cup.
Michael Jordan, shown on the first tee of the American Century Celebrity… (Joe Proudman / Associated…)

Michael Jordan, golf motivator? We'll find out this month after Davis Love III, the captain for the U.S. team, announced earlier this week that Jordan would be an official advisor and motivator for the team this year.

Jordan served as an assistant captain to Fred Couples at the 2009 Presidents Cup, so this won't exactly be a new role for him, and he has attended previous Ryder Cups as a spectator. Couples is an assistant captain for this year's team.

"I've talked to him. Michael's going to be hanging around with Fred probably a lot and be an influence," Love said. "I told Michael this a couple weeks ago. One of the neatest things I ever saw in the Ryder Cup was Michael riding in the golf cart with Tom Kite. He came out to watch Freddie and I play and I thought that was one of the coolest things.

"So I want my team, like Fred and I did, to get to see Michael. Rather than him sneaking around in the gallery, I want him to be seen and I want him to be in our team room, be hanging around and be a great influence."

Jordan, of course, is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time and he often played golf to relax before big NBA games.

Does this guarantee victory for the U.S. team? No, but it can't hurt to have one of the greatest champions of all time in your locker room.

This year's Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 28-30 at Medinah, outside Chicago.

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