Michael Phelps Responds to PGA Tour Caddie’s Huge Announcement

Published 10/22/2021, 9:53 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps attends the Press Room at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)


Michael Phelps has always been a golf enthusiast and he often tries to tee off whenever he gets time off from his busy schedule. That being said, Phelps has also been a great advocate for mental well-being, especially in the life of athletes and those who are connected to the sporting world. 

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Michael Phelps opened the door for a lot of athletes to feel better about themselves when he spoke up about mental health. Athletes in the sporting world often face tremendous stress just like anyone else, and it is important to speak up about it. 

Michael Phelps supports the decision of Paul Casey’s caddie

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Michael Phelps has found extra time for golf-related news and activities after his retirement and he tries to attend events whenever possible. Furthermore, the 36-year-old is immensely active on social media and recently commented on one of PGA Tour’s Instagram posts. 

John McLaren who had been Paul Casey’s caddie for six years decided to take an indefinite break from golf due to mental health problems. McLaren, who is fondly known as “Johnny Long Socks” by his peers, decided to make a statement explaining his decision. 

McLaren stated that he wanted to take command of the situation rather than fall victim to it. He has got a grip over the situation and has decided to part ways with Casey for the time being and the golfer is incredibly supportive too. 

The PGA Tour made a post sharing McLaren and Casey’s thoughts, and Michael Phelps dropped a message in the comments section expressing his appreciation. If one opens the post embed below, Phelps’ comment will be the first one they see. 

 

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It might be a small gesture from Michael Phelps, but this can go a long way. Over the years, his collective efforts have helped numerous athletes break the stereotype. 

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What is Phelps’ golf handicap? 

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history, and he’s someone who is obsessed with the game of golf. His custom wedges would paint the same picture, but how good is he on the golf course really? 

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According to Golf Digest, Phelps’ handicap ranges somewhere between 10.5 to 12. He was deemed a 12 handicapper shortly after his retirement but is also said to have reduced it to 10.5.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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