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Different strokes as Michael Phelps sinks monster putt

MAKING A SPLASH:The Olympic legend showed that his talents extend beyond the swimming pool with Europe’s longest-ever televised putt

AP and Reuters,ST. ANDREWS, Scotland

Michael Phelps can putt a little, too.

The Olympic swimming great upstaged some of golf’s finest players on Friday by sinking an astonishing 153-foot putt during the second round of team play at the Dunhill Links Championship.

The putt came after Phelps drove the front edge of the green on the par-4 sixth hole at Kingsbarn. He then stepped up with his putter for his second shot, stroked the ball and watched as it rolled and rolled downhill and into the cup.

It took about 17 seconds for the ball to land in the hole, or slightly quicker than it takes Phelps to swim 50m.

Phelps, playing the team event with a 16 handicap, received a stroke on the hole and signed for an aggregate ‘1’ on his scorecard.

“That was the longest putt I’ve ever holed,” said the winner of 18 Olympic gold medals.


“It was pretty incredible, watching it dive in was a pretty cool feeling. So to be able to have a net hole-in-one was pretty special,” he said.

“Even without that, this trip would have been very special, just having the opportunity to come over here and play among some of these players has been absolutely incredible,” Phelps said.

Phelps recorded a net eagle ‘two’ at the next hole with pro partner Paul Casey. They moved to 9-under overall, tied for 87th place on 135.

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and his amateur partner, Hugh Courtney Jr, led the team format at 21 under.

Phelps’ effort was shown on Sky Sports and the Tour said they believed it was “the longest televised putt in history” in Europe.

Former world No. 3 Casey, was almost as pleased as Phelps.


“Brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” said the Englishman. “It was perfect, he got the line right and pace right.”

Asked whether Casey could serve up something equally impressive in the water, the former Ryder Cup player replied: “I don’t know if I can even swim 25 yards.”

“I have a pool at home but the hot tub is more my thing. I’m good at doing laps in the hot tub,” he joked.

Casey was 14 shots behind leader Branden Grace of South Africa in the professional tournament, having returned a 69 for a three-under total of 141.

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