6+ Years After Retirement, Michael Phelps Keeps Winning

Michael Phelps, the most-decorated swimmer and Olympian in history, continues to win, even more than six years after his retirement from the sport.

This weekend, Phelps won the Shot at Glory competition at the Waste Management Phoneix Open Pro-Am competition, dubbed “The People’s Open.” Playing on the 16th hole of the TPC Scottsdale, the course’s infamous par 3 hole whipped by wind and sound from a huge grandstand, Phelps stuck his drive just 8’5″ from the pin.

That secured $40,000 for his charity of choice. 2nd-closest was YouTuber Peter Finch, who received $25,000 for his charity, and 3rd-closest was Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who secured $15,000 for his charity.

This year’s Waste Management Open, with its fan-friendly galleries and 70-degree February weather, has drawn an especially-big interest from the public, because Phoenix is also hosting the Super Bowl this weekend: one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

The Pro-Am has been buoyed by local Phoenix celebrities like Phelps and Larry Fitzgerald, as well as NFL legends like Emmit Smith, Jerome Bettis, JJ Watt, and Reggie Bush. Future major league baseball Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, legendary soccer player Carli Lloyd, and a ton of other celebrities from within and outside of the world of sports made appearances.

Phelps’ foursome paired with PGA pros Gary Woodland on the front 9 and Gary Woodland on the back 9. The group of PGA Tour pros Brian Harman and Taylor Pendrith with Swire Coca-Cola CEO Rob Gehring won the event. The full final standings were never released.

Since retiring from the pool, Phelps has stayed active in a number of sports, including lots of ProAm appearances. He has become a regular at this tournament in particular.

While he has been an avid golfer for years, which includes as the former record holder for the longest televised putt from a ProAm event in Scotland, he has also tried his hand in a pickleball ProAm last year in Phoenix.

This year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open includes a huge $20 million prize pool, including $3.6 million to the winner. Through three days of competition, Scott Scheffler has a two-stroke lead on the field with a score of -13 through three days of the four-day tournament.

The Shot

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Synergy with Phelps/Super Bowl in Phoenix

Big crowds

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7 months ago

no he didnt do his signature starting block slap stretch. lol…little corny.. just a little.

Berkoff / Rouse / Carey
7 months ago

The “MP” brand took of too. All the clubs wear his stuff. Dude is a walking W.

7 months ago

“Waste Management Open”…who organized this, Tony Soprano?

Reply to  PVK
7 months ago

Waste Management is a pretty huge company. If you dont see their logos everywhere on trucks, then you dont leave your house.

7 months ago

Phelps 2024?

7 months ago

Looking at Phelps competition, it seems like Phelps is a solid golfer.
Nowhere near professional level but good enough to beat average people and show some proficiency.

It’s an amazing talent to have when he can win money for charity.

7 months ago

Has Phelps always been this skinny? I remember him being stronger back in 2016.

Reply to  Miguel
7 months ago

i mean he isn’t training hard anymore so it’s probably that

Mr Piano
Reply to  Miguel
7 months ago

That’s his natural body shape, look at how skinny he was back as a teen. He’s still very fit and lean though, seems like he’s a workout addict

7 months ago

I’d call that a “tee shot” and not a drive 🙂

Reply to  Irish415
7 months ago

Definitely not a drive. Its a par 3 with an iron. I guess that’s not why its called golf golfed

7 months ago

6+ years after retiring, Phelps is still in the news everyday

Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

on this site anyway

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