05:00PM, Thursday 14 May 2020
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has shared a funny story of the time he played a round of golf with basketball star Michael Jordan and the actor Samuel L Jackson at Sunningdale Golf Club.
The former Tottenham, Everton and Barcelona star – who was a member of the Sunningdale club at the time – received a call from his agent telling him that Jordan wanted to play a round.
They needed a member to enable them to play the course, and, not too surprisingly, Lineker leapt at the chance.
England’s former marksman was relating the tale on Twitter after watching the Netflix documentary ‘The Last Dance’, which tells the story of the all-conquering Chicago Bulls side of the 1990s.
“I just watched episode eight of the wonderful The Last Dance,” Lineker tweeted. “Thought I’d share the story of the day I played golf with Michael Jordan.
“It was a Thursday night and I got a call from my agent. He said ‘I’ve had Michael Jordan’s people on the phone and he wants to play at Sunningdale.’
“I was a member so he thought I could help. He said: ‘There’s three of them: Michael and two of his basketball friends and they want to play on Sunday.’
“I said: ‘If it’s a Sunday they can’t play without a member, but I can host them.
“So Saturday night I get call from my agent. ‘There’s now six of them, two more friends and Samuel L Jackson’
“I’ll need to find another member to play with the other three. I’ll call my friend, Queeny (former European tour player and Sunningdale member), I’m sure he’ll help.”
“Thankfully he was free and available. I turned up at 8.30am. Keith, the club pro said ‘Your guests have arrived, they’re on the putting green.’
“There they were, six of them, five giant basketball players and Samuel L Jackson ambling around, putting and smoking cigars.
“The observing, quintessentially white elderly members were wide-eyed. We introduced ourselves and headed to the first tee.
“Now my mate Queeny liked a bet on the golf course and was a bit of a hustler. So we’re all stood there and Queeny says in his slightly posh voice.
“So Michael would you like a bet, a little wager?’. Michael says ‘Sure, man’.
“Queeny says: ‘So how much would you like to play for?’
“Michael puffs on his cigar, looks straight at him, smiles and says: ‘Whatever makes you feel uncomfortable, man.’
"Mr Jordan had already won the day.”
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