August 11 2012
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.