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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Michael Phelps, the decorated American swimmer who has won more Olympic medals than anyone in history, will be the next student on Golf Channel's "The Haney Project."
The fifth season of the series will begin production next month and air in February. Charles Barkley, comedian Ray Romano and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine are among others who received instruction from Hank Haney on the show.
"I have traveled the world through swimming, but really haven’t had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels," said Phelps. "As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to and golf is one of the things I want to focus on. If I have a goal of dropping a certain amount of shots, or working on my short game or putting, those things are going to keep me motivated and fire me up and keep me excited.
"I want to play all the world's great golf courses, but I'd like to play them well. I'm excited about this project with Golf Channel and I’m looking forward to working with Hank and see what we can do together on the golf course."
Each episode of "The Haney Project" will follow Phelps on his quest to play better golf, whether it’s one-on-one instruction on the golf course with Haney or developing lessons he will be able to practice on his own. The series also will showcase Phelps in his own environment with cameos by famous friends and other experts who check in on him during his journey, including his mother, Debbie Phelps, and long-time coach Bob Bowman.
The first season of "The Haney Project," which starred Charles Barkley in 2009, marked the highest-rated launch of an original series at that time. Earlier this year, the series joined "Feherty" to create a new Golf Channel primetime Monday lineup, which boosted viewership by more than 20 percent over the same time period in 2011 and more than 60 percent over 2010.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Now that Michael Phelps’ record-setting career in the pool is seemingly over, he’ll focus on other things, like playing golf with good friend Bubba Watson.
“Bubba said I'm a good swimmer but still terrible at golf,” said Phelps, who ended his Olympic career with 22 medals -- more than any Olympian in history -- including 18 golds. “So maybe I'll challenge him to swimming and we can go on a golf course after that, that will be (all) my competitive swimming after I'm done.”
Though the two have never met, they have become fast friends in recent weeks with Watson and Phelps exchanging phone numbers and texting back and forth, even as Phelps pursued his place in Olympics history. They also follow one another on Twitter.
“He likes the way I play golf, sort of natural and free,” Watson said. “I’ve texted him quite a bit, even during the Olympics. I told him sorry, but I wanted to know this and that.”
As for who would be better at the other’s respective sport?
“I believe in my swimming ability,” Watson said. “I grew up on the beach, so I should be able to swim. I have to think he’s a terrible golfer.”
For now, though, Watson will turn his attention to the PGA Championship, where he’s trying to win his second major of the year and his career after capturing the Masters in April.
“That first one, what I learned from myself is that I can do it,” Watson said. “The more I play in tournaments I'm going to feel the pressure and what it takes to play good at those tournaments. Coming down the stretch on Sundays I know I can lean on that saying that I've done it before, I can do it again.”
That worked pretty well for Phelps, too.