U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps prepares to putt during day one of the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Friday, October 05, 2012

Who said golf was hard?

Olympic golf medalist swimmer and novice golfer Michael Phelps drained a 154-foot putt at Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews, Scotland, during the Dunhill Links Championship pro-am on Friday.

According the Daily Mail UK, Phelps's putt was farther than 150 feet.

"It was the longest putt I've ever had and to see it go in was a pretty cool feeling," Phelps, 27, said afterwards.

Phelps was playing with Paul Casey, whose caddy said he believed the putt was from 159 feet.

The monster putt was selected as the 'Shot of the Day' by Sky Sports commentator, Ewen Murray.

Murray said: 'It was quite simply the perfect putt. Traveling down three different levels at the perfect pace it was well over 150 feet in length.'

It was an eventful day for Casey, who, in addition to watching his amateur partner drain a ridiculously long putt, had a dog snatch his ball on the 12th green as he was lining up an eagle putt.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, took up golf after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but he has really embraced the game after his retirement from competitive swimming after the 2012 Olympics in London. Phelps attended the Ryder Cup outside Chicago last week and played in a celebrity golf event there. He also has been working with Tiger Woods's former coach Hank Haney on Golf Channel's "The Haney Project" program. His handicap is still high -- he says it's over 20 -- but it won't be for long if he putts like this.

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