Brooks Koepka won the 2023 PGA Championship to secure his fifth major title, but somehow it wasn’t the biggest story to come out of Oak Hill Country Club. Michael Block, Chief Pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, took the golf world by storm with his magical performance at the second major tournament of the year. His implausible T15 finish earned him a spot in the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club and a life-changing daily payout of nearly $300,000.
But Block didn’t let his newfound fame and fortune get to his head.
In an interview after the PGA Championship, Block said he had no interest in raising his $150-per-hour rate for golf lessons on his home course. This has got to be the best deal in golf instruction today.
Michael Block’s Magic PGA Championship gave him $300,000 and golf immortality
The 2023 PGA Championship leaderboard was full of stars. Brooks Koepka, Victor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy each penned a captivating final run in Oak Hill, but it was Michael Block who stole the show on Sunday.
After paring 2 through his first 14 holes, Block cemented himself as a folk hero when he dunked the par tee on the par-3 on the 15th hole on the only hole in the tournament. Then, he miraculously played up and down the par-4 18th hole to secure his spot in the 2024 PGA Championship on par.
Block earned a whopping $288,333 for his T15 finish at Oak Hill, nearly four times his biggest day in professional golf. This is the man who made only four cuts in his first 25 PGA Tour starts. His best result before this week was a T69 in nearly a decade. What Block accomplished at Oak Hill at the age of 46 will be immortalized in the lure of the major championship forever.
His life will never be the same, but that doesn’t mean he’ll change who he is.
Michael Block’s $150 per hour lesson rate isn’t going anywhere
Prior to the 2023 PGA Championship, Block was just a master pro managing a golf course and taking lessons on the side at a modest $150 an hour. That price should go up now that it’s the most famous professional club in the entire country, but it’s not going to happen.
In an interview with CNN this morning This week, Block said his hourly rate would not change despite his newfound fame and fortune.
“I have a feeling my wife is going to make me charge more,” Block joked. “I don’t know. I feel bad about charging more for a golf lesson. I’m pretty good with $150 an hour no matter what.”
Enjoy the best week of his life while he still can, because it will be the busiest professional club on earth when he finally gets back into action.