MJ advising PGA's Donald on mental approach

MJ advising PGA's Donald on mental approach
February 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Feel free to add "consultant to top-ranked golfers" to the long list of endeavors undertaken by Michael Jordan since his retirement from playing professional basketball.

Luke Donald, currently the third-ranked professional golfer in the world, revealed to James Corrigan of the Telegraph that he's taken on Jordan as a playing partner, and solicits him for advice on getting mentally prepared for tournaments.

“He’s good for the mind,” Donald said. “He’s been making sure that I’m ready mentally. It’s been good to pick Michael’s brains and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He’s always trying to play mind games. He doesn’t like to lose.”

The relationship between Jordan and Donald reportedly came about simply from the two crossing path at the Bear's Club in southern Florida. The country club is near where Jordan recently moved into a mansion, and where Donald, a native Englishman but also a longtime Evanston resident, is having a house of his own built. Since meeting, they've been hitting the links with regularity.

"I’m always happy to empty his wallet," said Donald.

Jordan's interest in golf is far from new. He was an avid player as far back as his time with the Chicago Bulls, and the annual celebrity golf tournament he hosts is entering its 12th year.

Also not new is Jordan providing motivational advice to golfers. In 2009, he wrote an article for Golf Digest titled "10 Rules for Maximizing Your Competitiveness," in which he recalled defeating Tiger Woods in a bet, and not only admitted that he loved of trash-talking, but referred to it as "an art."

There will be plenty more Jordan stories retold on Sunday, Feb. 17, when Comcast SportsNet celebrates his 50th birthday with SportsNet Central: MJ 23/50, debuting at 10:30pm on CSN Chicago.