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Ryder Cup 2021: Michael Jordan spotted cheering on the U.S. at Whistling Straits, continuing a great Ryder Cup tradition

September 24, 2021
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One of the fixtures of Ryder Cups of past and present is Michael Jordan cheering on Team USA, and this week is now different. The telecast from Whistling Straits caught MJ—the GOAT himself—following the afternoon match of Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele against Paul Casey and Bernd Wiesberger.

We know how much MJ loves golf—playing nearly every day down in Florida at his own golf club Grove XXIII—but his love for the game extends to the Ryder Cup, too (below).

MJ's huge fist pump after a Dustin Johnson birdie was caught on camera, as if Team USA needed any more adrenaline after its romp thus far on Friday.

Even Casey went up to say hello to MJ mid-match, telling Golf Channel's Bones Mackay: "I don't care if I'm up or down, I'm definitely saying hi to Michael Jordan."

There are few better American cheerleaders than the iconic former basketball player, whose shoes are now a staple on the PGA Tour and in pro shops around the world.

Here's photo evidence of MJ at every Ryder Cup ... going all the way back to 1999.

Last time at Le Golf National in 2018:


Mike Ehrmann

MJ taking in the action in the last Team USA win in 2016:


Scott Halleran

Applauding the action, cigar in hand, at Gleneagles in 2014:


Ross Kinnaird

Hanging at Medinah in 2012, where he used to play a lot of his golf in Chicago:


Montana Pritchard/PGA of America

Fighting for the best view at Celtic Manor in 2010:



Hanging with Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal, a Ryder Cup assistant captain, at Valhalla in 2008:


Ross Kinnaird

Cigar in hand, per usual, in 2006 at K Club:


Ross Kinnaird

How about this GOAT sighting ... MJ, NHL legend Mario Lemieux and his buddy and former broadcast Ahmad Rashad (who's also at Whistling Straits Friday):


Al Messerschmidt

And this might be the best photo of all, chatting with another iconic figure, the late Payne Stewart, at Brookline in 1999: