A golf club toss from Olympic champ Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
We don't condone club tosses, but if you must, how about a better toss than Michael Phelps here?
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, March 07, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.

UPDATED: March 10, 2015

We came across this two-year-old story when the golf world was talking about the Rory McIlroy golf club toss at Doral, so we thought we'd bring it out again. Nothing different, except to highlight how this game can, at times, frustrate even the world's best athletes.

Here's the story, from March 7, almost two years to the day from McIlroy's March 6 venting.


Just because you're an elite athlete doesn't mean taking up golf will be easier for you than it is for the rest of us hacks.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time (22 medals overall, including 18 golds), is learning that.
Phelps, the latest subject of Golf Channel's Haney Project, had an entertaining moment we can all relate to on Monday's episode of the show.
Playing at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Phelps became so disgusted with his struggles off the tee that he finally took the frustration out on his driver, tossing it.
It was a weak hurl to say the least. It actually reminded me of the Volkswagen Passat commercial where the father and son are playing catch -- you know, the one where the father is "teaching" the son how to throw the ball with that pathetic jump toss (click here if you don't remember it).
Haney, who was back home watching Phelps' round, had this to say about the club-toss: "That wasn't even a good attempt at being mad."
Our friends at BleacherReport.com tweeted out a funny .gif that captured the moment (via CBSSports.com).
And here is the full Golf Channel version.
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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.