Michael Phelps will take the plunge into a new TV and sports realms, as he will be the subject of the fifth season of Golf Channel's The Haney Project.
Teeing off in February, this iteration of The Haney Project will chronicle Phelps's attempts to improve his golf from tee-to-green via the guidance of Tiger Woods's former swing coach.
Each episode of The Haney Project will follow Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals, on his quest to improve his links performance, whether it's one-on-one instruction on 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, and coach Bob Bowman.
Subway, which has a long-standing partnership with Phelps as one of its "Famous Fans," will be joining as one of the charter sponsors of The Haney Project's fifth season.
Production is set to begin in September.
"I have traveled the world through swimming, but really haven't had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels," said Phelps in a statement. "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."
Noted Golf Channel president Mike McCarley. "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. Golfers everywhere will be able to relate to his quest to improve his game."