Michael Jordan floated as a potential Ryder Cup vice captain next year… despite golf-loving NBA legend’s friendship with leader of USA’s rivals

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NBA Legend Michael Jordan Considered for Ryder Cup Vice Captain Role After Keegan Bradley’s Appointment

Michael Jordan, an NBA legend, is being considered as a potential vice captain for the Ryder Cup following Keegan Bradley’s recent appointment as the 2025 captain.

On Monday, the PGA of America selected Bradley to succeed Zach Johnson and lead Team USA in its quest for redemption against Europe at Bethpage Black in New York. This decision came just ten months after Bradley was devastated by Johnson’s decision to leave him out as a captain’s pick for the Rome event.

In the wake of Tiger Woods reportedly declining the captaincy role, the PGA of America seems to be exploring unconventional options, aiming for a fresh approach after Team USA’s 16.5-11.5 defeat on European soil last September.

The organization is being encouraged to think creatively regarding the vice captain selections for New York. PGA TOUR Radio host Jason Sobel proposed considering collegiate golf coaches to bring a new dynamic to the locker room.

This suggestion inspired a different idea from former caddie and ESPN writer Michael Collins.

“If we’re thinking outside the box, why not consider a college coach from a different sport?” Collins said. “Imagine having someone like Phil Jackson or even Michael Jordan in the room.”

Collins further admitted he would welcome the addition of former Alabama football coach Nick Saban to Bradley’s team, highlighting Saban’s enthusiasm for golf.

“I see no issue with having a figure like that in the team room, whether in an official capacity or unofficially,” Sobel agreed, referencing both the Crimson Tide coach and the NBA icon.

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