“The fairy tale story…gets better!” That’s how Jim Nantz described the moment on CBS Sunday when club professional Michael Block slam dunked a hole in one on the 15th hole of The PGA Championship (see video below). In what was already a magical, crazy week for him, Michael Block’s time as “Cinderella” at the ball got whackier with that moment. And it continues. As a result, Michael Block has been offered $50,000 for the 7-iron club that did the trick by the PGA of America for their new headquarters in Frisco, Texas.
His head HAS to be spinning. The PGA Championship is one of the 4 biggest golf tournaments on the planet. The only reason Michael Block was able to participate in it was he qualified in a separate tournament held for club professionals (you know, like the guy in your local pro shop?) That’s who Michael Block is and what he does for a living. Anyway, the PGA of America (who puts on the PGA Championship) holds 20 spots in the field each year for its “Michael Blocks” of the world.
Over the 4-day tournament last weekend, Block miraculously finished in 15th place-beating some of the biggest and best names in the world of golf. Now wait, before you scoff at “15th place,” realize he took home a check for more than $288,000. To put that in perspective, at the rate of $125 per lesson (his rate), Michael Block would have had to give some 2,000+ lessons to make that!
With the offer on the table for his hole-in-one club, you wonder if he’ll take it? I would, you would, but after making 300K would it not be cooler to have in your home trophy case than in the PGA’s? Just wondering.
Block must be weighing that thought too as he’s not yet handed over the club. Living the PGA Tour player’s dream continues for him this week as Michael Block’s fame at the PGA Championship earned him a sponsor’s invitation to the tour stop in Ft. Worth. Who knows what kind of payday he can pull of this week? Or will Cinderella’s carriage turn back into a pumpkin? Either way, he’s got cash in the bank and offers on the table that you and I would kill for.