A lot of people have heard about Michael Jordan's golf game lately. Yesterday 17,500 persons swarmed over the Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill., to see Jordan match swings in the pro-am of the Senior Professional Golfer's Association's Ameritech Open with one of the all-time best, Arnold Palmer.

Palmer, after falling behind early, shot 37-36 for a 1-over-par 73. Jordan, who played to an eight handicap, shot an estimated 36-45 -- 81.

"Michael swings the club very well and has a lot of potential," Palmer said. "I was pleasantly surprised the way he goes after a golf ball. I enjoyed the game very well. No question about it, this was the biggest crowd I've ever seen for a pro-am."

After nine holes, Jordan was ahead, posting a 36 to Palmer's 37. They were even through 13, "Then I woke up," Jordan said.

Over the last five holes, Jordan found nothing but trouble, including an out-of-bounds tee shot on No. 14.

"I was nervous at the start, and it was a thrill to play with him," Jordan said. "I just wish I had played numbers 14 through 18 better. This was the best of the summer -- to get to play with a legend and get to know him. Nothing can replace this."