Jordan asked to butt out at Harding Park

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A city official asked the PGA Tour to remind Michael Jordan that he can't smoke cigars at Harding Park during the Presidents Cup.

SAN FRANCISCO – It appears as if the U.S. team is already 1 down before the Presidents Cup begins. The team’s honorary assistant captain, Michael Jordan, has reportedly bowed to a request to stop smoking his cigars at Harding Park Golf Course.

“Spare the Air Jordan,” is what San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked about the city’s mission.

Ginsburg was reacting to a photo in Tuesday’s paper showing Jordan smoking a cigar while walking with American players during a practice round. Ginsburg told the newspaper he promptly sent an email to PGA Tour representatives, reminding them that there is a ban on smoking on public golf courses.

You’d have to say the PGA Tour is a co-conspirator in this law-breaking activity, too, given a release that they sanctioned Tuesday. Though he’s part of the team, Jordan has been deemed off limits to reporters, except for those who work for PGATOUR.com.

In a Q&A on the Web site approved by PGA Tour officials Tuesday was a quote from the NBA superstar acknowledging that he knew “I’m not supposed to be smoking.”

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