Michael Jordan, assistant captain of the victorious US Presidents Cup team last fall and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, will play in his second pro-am at Quail Hollow. But unlike 2007 when he played with Tiger Woods, he elected to team with Fred Couples for Wednesday’s event.
No word whether the decision has anything to do with accusations that surfaced regarding MJ’s role in shaping Tiger the Philanderer. As you may recall, in the April issue of Vanity Fair a story implied that MJ negatively impacted Tiger’s moral compass:
“When Tiger showed up in Vegas, he was always with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley,” according to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke. Years earlier, however, John Merchant had warned Woods to avoid Jordan and Barkley, saying of Jordan, “Stay away from that son of a bitch, because he doesn’t have anything to offer to the fucking world in which he lives except playing basketball.” Merchant adds, “Are they his black role models? You’ve got to be kidding me.”
While it’s unclear whether Tiger is speaking with Barkley, it appears he’s still buddies with His Airness. Radar Online posted some blurry pictures supposedly of the two playing golf last week in Orlando. Freddie reportedly played with them, too. MJ was in town because the Bobcats were playing the Magic.
According to a source, last night Freddie sat courtside in Charlotte at the Bobcats/Magic game. At halftime he went to chat with MJ, who said if the Bobcats lost (which they did) he might play in Wednesday’s pro-am with Freddie. Looks like he easily made the decision and decided to hit the links instead of, say, drowning his sorrows in Vegas.
As for who Tiger will play with in the pro-am, we won’t find out until they tee off tomorrow. Maybe they’ll find a celebrity, but I’m thinking the Tour will stick him with a corporate sponsor…