Oct 2, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT
Michael Phelps is taking this golf thing seriously.
After signing up for help from Tiger Woods’ old coach Hank Haney as part of a golf channel reality TV show, and then appearing in the celebrity Ryder Cup last week with Justin Timberlake and idol Michael Jordan, Phelps will now head to Scotland to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship alongside fellow Olympian Oscar Pistorius.
“I am a big golf fan and love the game,” the South African sprinter, who plays an 18-handicap, said. “When the invitation came to play, not even a holiday was going to stop me.”
British Olympians (and sirs) Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave, two rowing legends, will also be playing in the Pro-Am tournament, as well as defending Open champ Ernie Els, and rockers Bon Jovi and Huey Lewis for good measure. The men will play the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie, and at Kingsbarns Golf Links with a prize pool of $5 million.
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