Michael Jordan once bet $300K on a single putt

The Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley sat down with Dan Patrick for a chat. The pair got to talking about golf, and boy did Barkley have a story to tell about Michael Jordan. 

Sir Charles, no stranger to wagering, is an advocate for betting on the golf course. “Why would you play golf if you don’t play it for money?” he asked Patrick rhetorically.

He’s right. It’s no secret that betting in golf is a big thing. On the PGA Tour, players are officially not allowed to wager, but unofficially, they bet like full-blown degenerates in practice rounds (Phil Mickelson). And any time you’re teeing it up any public or private, it’s a safe bet that someone is betting. Maybe it’s the standard $2 nassau, or maybe it’s Michael Jordan-worthy stuff.

What is Michael Jordan-worthy betting? Well, listen to what Chuck had to say about golfing with his Airness.

“We’d be playing golf with certain people, for a couple hundred dollars a hole, nothing big, and he’d be playing some guy for $100,000. He’s like, ‘Charles, pick that up.’ I’m like, ‘This putt is for $200.’ He’s like, ‘Pick that up, Charles, get out of my way, you’re in my line.’ I’m like, ‘How much is that putt for?’ He’s like, ‘$300,000.’ I said, ‘Let me get out of your line.’ It was crazy man.”

Now, to get an idea just how “crazy” Jordan putting for $300K is, you need to have an appreciation for his net worth. MJ’s estimated net worth, per Forbes, is estimated at $1.31 billion. So, to Jordan, betting $300,000 is pretty much like wagering 10 bucks. Barkley, for his part, is worth about $30 million, so you can imagine his relative shock (sort of).

If you’re in the mood to bet, Las Vegas recently revealed its Masters odds for your gambling enjoyment. Who do you think MJ is putting his money on?