“There’s No Place for..”: Golf Star Credits Michael Phelps’ Golden Advice for Comeback Win at PGA Tour

Published 03/11/2022, 10:20 AM EST
TODAY — Pictured: Michael Phelps on Thursday, October 25, 2018 — (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

The legacy of Michael Phelps goes beyond the swimming pool. While he dominated the sport from start to finish, he also took that experience outside it. A prominent advocate for mental health struggles, he supports people and started his own Michael Phelps foundation, for the betterment of society.

Recently, he helped golfer Keith Mitchell, who struggled for some time with his form. After meeting with Phelps, the whole course of Mitchell’s career changed.


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Phelps offered him some golden advice that would help him push to the top after the slump he had. Significantly, he talked about when he met Phelps and the conversation they had.

Keith Mitchell receives golden advice from Michael Phelps

THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass saw him shooting a 5-under 67 to trail co-leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge by one. At a time when he was on the top, he had doubts in his game and did not perform well from there. Thus, with his career going on a downward spiral, Mitchell went to Phelps as he offered some advice to the golfer.


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“I was not giving it my all. And he was kind of helping me through some like downs and kind of really hit the reset button about a year ago. That kind of started everything, getting a mentality, getting some coaching, and really just not just feeling sorry for yourself out here,” said Mitchell.

This prompted him to improve his game, thereafter. Phelps is also an ardent follower of golf. He made the longest televised putt in history and loves to play the game. Hence, he gave some advice that fueled Mitchell to improve his game.

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Keith Mitchell chips onto the green of the 5th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Being motivated at the top

After feeling dejected and unmotivated, Mitchell met Phelps. The superstar swimmer gave him some advice which proved to be fruitful.

“I just remember feeling like a loser talking to him sometimes, how I felt on the golf course, like pity and sorrow, and this game is hard. He just pretty much said there’s no place for that if you want to be at the top,” said Mitchell.


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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 13: Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ever since he made his debut, Phelps has been on top. He dominated the sport of swimming like no one else. With 23 Olympic gold medals to his name, it is just incredible to see his determination for the sport.

Phelps called it quits after the 2016 Rio games, and now it is great to see him helping out other athletes deal with tough situations.


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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.