Move over, Dr. Bob Rotella. The hottest mental coach in golf right now is -- Michael Jordan!
A few weeks ago, we ran a Buzz item about how Luke Donald had turned to His Airness for help with his on-course attitude. And now comes word that Keegan Bradley has done the same.
Bradley frequently plays golf with Jordan down in Jupiter, Fla. And while Bradley says he's taking Jordan’s money, he's also picking his brain – and that some of Jordan's advice helped him last week at Bay Hill, where he tied for third.
Jordan wanted ''to be more cocky out there, more aggressive [on the basketball court], and I'm learning ... what he was thinking and it's a big help to me,'' Bradley told The New York Daily News. ''I just kept telling myself I've hit these shots a million times no matter what shot it is and to just let my talent take over and not wonder if I'm going to hit a good shot.''
Jordan also has reminded Bradley to remember the times on the course when he's been at his emotional and physical best – such as at the last Ryder Cup, when his energy lifted not only his playing partner Phil Mickelson but also the entire team.
Bradley plays with Jordan ''a bunch,'' usually giving him five shots a side, and jokes that it's ''the easiest money I've ever made.''
Seriously, though, Bradley loves playing with Jordan because ''there's going to be a lot of trash talk and he's going to want to beat you,'' he told the newspaper. ''I think that his short game is above average, what a tour player's would be. He's a very good player. Hits it very short. I make sure to point that out to him.''
And despite all the ribbing, Bradley is thankful for Jordan's help.
''He's such a good guy. He's so good to me,'' Bradley told The Daily News. ''It's really a good thing to have somebody like that to be able to text and reach out to. He's very approachable, very willing to give me information and help me out, which is really cool.''
As you might suspect, Mondays are usually hectic travel days for professional golfers. And when I'm home, warm and dry, I get a kick out of following all their various travails via social media.
Today seemed like a pretty typical Monday, judging by some of the tweets that rolled by throughout the day. Here are some examples:
--Former ''Big Break'' winner Carling Coffing Nolan was a little miffed at AirTran as she tried to get out of Orlando. For one thing, her Sunday flight was cancelled, keeping her around an extra day. For another thing, her diabetes pump earned her a patdown from the TSA crew. And for a third, her flight was delayed yet again. ''I feel like Dorothy trying to get home," she tweeted.
--Former Oklahoma Sooner star and current Symetra Tour player Kendall Dye also was trying to get out of Orlando. But first, she tweeted, she had to complete ''Operation stop puking before a 5 hour flight.''
--Champions Tour player Roger Chapman, meanwhile, was sweating his connections from Gulfport, Miss., to Dallas to Chicago to London after a delay getting off the ground. Good luck!
--LPGA Tour player Karin Sjodin found herself seated next to a guy all decked out in "Team Glock" gear. ''Hope he has his 'tools' in the checked luggage,'' said tweeted. And before getting on the plane, she admitted: "First I booked a room by the wrong airport. Then I went through security at the wrong terminal... Really hope I'll board the correct flight!"
--European Tour player Mikko Ilonen was trying to fly from the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur to the Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco, via Istanbul and London. Total trip time: 30 hours. Oof!
One tweet made me laugh, though – in the photo above, Paula Creamer showed us Studley, her perky pup and frequent traveling companion, as he waited to go through security in California after the Kia Classic late Sunday. The expression on his face looks exactly like how I feel every time I have to endure those ridiculous airport lines. Fortunately for all involved, Studley and Paula both made it home to Orlando safe and sound – and pretty much on time.