Michael Block Gets a Hole In One At PGA Championship

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — On Saturday evening, Michael Block, the 46-year-old Everyman golf pro from a public course in California, learned that he would continue his enchanting run at this year’s P.G.A. Championship by playing the final round with Rory McIlroy, the four-time major champion. Block rolled his eyes at the news and spun around.

“Are you serious?” he asked.

He began to backpedal, as if reeling.

Eventually, he walked away, smiling but muttering: “Oh, boy.”

Block added: “That should be fun.”

And, oh, boy, was it ever.

In retrospect, perhaps McIlroy, 34, one of his generation’s greatest golfers, should have been the one grinning and eagerly awaiting the chance to play with Block, who finished the tournament tied for 15th but was treated like a visiting rock star throughout the weekend. And he lived up to the billing.

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