The Michael Block hype trains rolls on as the underdog 'people's' champion from last week's PGA Championship tees it up today at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Block earned an invitation to the PGA Tour event after his heroics at last week's major, which saw him finish in a tie for 15th - qualifying him for next year's PGA - and score a ridiculous final round hole-in-one.
That final round was played with Rory McIlroy, and Block got to see the Northern Irishman's unbelievable length first hand.
When asked about how big an advantage McIlroy's distance is, Block gave a very, very confident answer, which many commenters viewed as cocky and delusional.
He's a lot longer than I am, that's what it is.
Oh my God. What I would shoot from where Rory hits it would be stupid. I think I'd be one of the best players in the world.
Hands down. If I had that stupid length, all day. My iron game, wedge game, around the greens and my putting is world class.
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Despite the naysayers, McIlroy himself was a huge fan of Block's play on Sunday, and was in awe of his ace at the 15th.
"The atmosphere out there, playing with Michael was unbelievable," said McIlroy.
"Being in this position as a club pro and playing so well and competing into the latter stages of a major championship - it was really impressive. It was nice to go out there and share the course with him for 18 holes.
"That hole [15th] has sort of given me fits all week. I haven't really liked the look of it, and Michael stands up and hits this lovely little draw back into the left wind, and the ball goes straight in the hole.
"When it's your week, it's your week, and with the way the week's went for him, it was a fitting way to cap off his PGA Championship."