Michael Jordan was the epitome of confidence on the basketball court. Not on the links.
"I'm nervous, man," Jordan whispered before teeing off on Wednesday at the LaSalle Banks Chicago Open -- his first foray into professional golf.
Jordan entered the $150,000 tournament as an amateur, stirring speculation that he might be ready to enter another pro sport.
He was quick to admit he's not ready for big-time golf. And he proved it, shooting a first-round 84, 13 strokes over par.
"I'm pretty sure I'm out of my league, but it was fun," Jordan said. "What I take away from it is that you have to maintain a certain focus."
Even so, Jordan was the biggest star playing in the three-day Open.
"It's just exciting to see him," said Teri Kozina, whose husband, Gus, was also playing as an amateur. She and the couple's 6-year-old son, Eric, watched Jordan shoot a practice round on Tuesday.
"We got so carried away watching him practice, we had to make ourselves go back and give (his) dad some support," Ms. Kozina said.