LONDON, England, August 11. IN his first move after retiring from swimming with an astonishing 22 Olympic medals, living legend Michael Phelps has found someone to bankroll his hobby of playing golf. Phelps will now take part in the Golf Channel's “Haney Project.” The series follows golf coach Hank Haney as he trains celebrities to become better golfers.
“I have traveled the world through swimming, but really haven't had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels,” Phelps said in a statement. “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.”
Haney has previously trained Charles Barkley, Ray Romano and Adam Levine on his show. The series follows each trainee through various activities designed to make them better at the game. It also works in human interest angles with friends and family also checking in on the trainee's progress. Plan on seeing Phelps' mother Debbie and coach Bob Bowman at some point during the program that begins production in September.