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Phelps Faces The Crowd

Even by the out-sized standards of the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, what Michael Phelps walked into Wednesday was different.
​Playing in the pro-am with Bubba Watson, Phelps drew a close-to-capacity crowd in the surrounding bleachers and what appeared to be a couple of hundred others on and around the par-3 tee when he arrived mid-afternoon.
​Winning Olympic gold suddenly seemed simple compared to what Phelps was facing. His tee shot landed near the front of the green and rolled back down a slope, earning the traditional chorus of boos.
​”I was very nervous,” Phelps said. “My club was shaking. I just tried to swing the club as fast as could. It’s wild.
​”I had never heard boos. I’m sure it’s happened but I have my face under water. It was a little different experience.”


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