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Michael Phelps' other claim to fame? Making the longest televised putt in history. (Seriously.)

August 10, 2016

As you watch Michael Phelps add to his gold medal collection at the 2016 Olympics with the ease of someone adding to their movie stash, we just wanted to remind everyone of something. In addition to being the most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps is also a world-record holder in golf. Specifically, he holed the longest televised putt in history.

In case you forgot, the magical moment happened four years ago at the 2012 Dunhill Links. On the short par-4 sixth at Kingsbarns, Phelps faced an eagle putt of 159 feet and did this:

The putt rolled so long it seemed like the announcers had time to go through the swimmer's entire biography. And it's believed to be the longest putt ever televised -- by a large margin.

Phelps, of course, was coming off his latest Olympic triumph in London at the time. That was supposed to be his swan song in the pool, but he wound up putting his golf career on hold to come out of retirement and compete in this year's Olympics. Good move. He'll have plenty time to break more records on the course once he leaves Rio.