Michael Phelps Was Behind Tiger’s Masters Championship – Literally

Tiger Woods is back! The oft-embattled, oft-injured 43-year old golfer won his first Masters tournament in 14 years on Sunday.

So, what’s that have to do with swimming?

Golf‘s GOAT (Greatest of All-Time) Woods received support from a long-time friend in his final round: swimming’s GOAT Michael Phelps.

Eagle-eyed swimmers and swim-fans, including British World Champion James Guy, spotted Phelps behind Tiger during Sunday’s final round. During what will come away as an iconic moment from Tiger’s triumphant return to the top of a major, when Woods hit a near-hole-in-one on the 16th, cameras caught him urging his ball toward the hole – with Phelps just inches behind him.

This is one of many forays into the world of golf for Phelps – the most-decorated Olympian in history. He’s been featured on the cover of Golf Digest, has played in many celebrity and pro-am tournaments, and once made a 159 foot putt: the longest-ever televised putt, by a professional, amateur, Olympian, or otherwise.

It’s been 11 years since Tiger Woods won one of golf‘s 4 Major tournaments, and just under 3 since Michael Phelps won his last Olympic gold medal. If we couldn’t dream before, surely we can now? Maybe Phelps was inspired by his friend. Afterall, it’s been almost 3 weeks since his last public denial that he would return to the pool

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Mr Piano

Comeback stories are always awesome


As commentator said: the moment that millions were waiting for.

Ol' Longhorn

Wonder how long til Phelps looks like the guy in the yellow cap.


He has more style than that guy and his 70’s drapes-shirted mate standing next to him.


Being 3 years removed from professional swimming he still looks pretty good.


Follow his instagram


While no longer competitive, Phelps still works out daily citing both physical and mental benefits. I doubt he will ever look like he’s put on weight. Also, quit with the body shaming please.

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