Michael Phelps Goes from Olympic Gold to Golf

The Haney ProjectIf you hold more Olympic medals than any other human who’s ever walked the planet, you’re photogenic, and articulate, you can probably pretty much choose what TV project you want to become involved with, right? It appears that Phelps, the winner of 22 Olympic medals, has chosen a golf show as his next big project.
The record-breaking Olympic swimmer has retired from competitive swimming and is now ready to take on the sport/leisure activity of golf. He’ll be coached by Golf Channel’s Hank Haney as he tackles the world’s best golf courses as the focus of the fifth season of The Haney Project debuting in February 2013.
“I have traveled the world through swimming, but really haven’t had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels,” said Phelps in the official announcement. “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.”
“We look forward to chronicling Michael’s transition from the most-decorated Olympian in history to a frustrated golfer trying to enjoy playing the world’s greatest golf courses,” added Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “Golfers everywhere will be able to relate to his quest to improve his game.”
Phelps and Haney will be starting work on The Haney Project next month.
Per Golf Channel:
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.
Source: Golf Channel
Posted by Rebecca Murray