Will Perdue's Plan To Get Richer Was Ruined By Michael Jordan's Intimidation Factor ... On The Golf Course

Perdue had a plan all lined up, until he didn't.

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May 16, 2018 - 6:16 pm
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(670 The Score) Around these parts, one of the favorite pastimes when chatting with an 1990s Bulls player is asking for their favorite Michael Jordan-related story.

Former Bulls center and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst Will Perdue has received that question many times, and he's full of good intel. Joining Danny Parkins on 670 The Score on Tuesday afternoon, Perdue shared a story regarding one of Jordan's favorite activities: golf.

Jordan always wanted to bet on the golf course, even if he wasn't favored to win. One of the challenges for Jordan was finding a foe who would actually participate in the high-stakes head-to-head matchups that he desired. Golfers either couldn't match the money Jordan wanted to play for or weren't confident enough in their abilities to enter.

So Perdue hatched a plan. He was friends with a former PGA Tour golfer, someone he didn't identify other than to say he had been victorious on the Tour. Perdue's idea was to bank-roll this golfer $100,000, and they'd both walk away with significant winnings.

"I knew he could beat Michael Jordan," Perdue said. 

"He would always ask, 'How good of a golfer is Jordan?' I'd say, 'He's not really that good. It's just that he knows how to press other people's buttons so they'd crumble.'"

Perdue told his friend that he could beat Jordan by "10 or 12 strokes easily." 

"We'll clean his clock" was Perdue's selling point. "We'll make enough money to set us up for the next couple years."

The two moved forward with their plan. The golfer got back on the course consistently for practice and came to Perdue ready after a series of rounds in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Perdue went so far as to make phone calls and get the plan "in the works." Then came the kicker.

"All of a sudden he goes one day, 'I can't do it, I can't do it,'" Perdue said. "I go, 'What are you talking about?' And he goes, 'I just can't afford to lose the money.' I said, 'You're not going to lose.' He goes, 'But what if?' I said, 'All right, I'm out.' And he goes, 'Why are you out?' I said, 'Because you already have doubt.

"'The fact that you have doubt before you even step on the first tee? You're going to lose. Period. because he's going to sense that. He's going to slowly chip away at that. And the next thing you know, I'm going to have to buy you and adult diaper on like the 16th hole.'"