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Phelps shines

St Andrews: Olympic great Michael Phelps is known for the excellence of his swimming strokes but will now gain recognition for his putting stroke after sinking a 150-foot effort at the Dunhill Links pro-am.

The American’s drive at the downhill, 337-yard par-four sixth hole at Kingsbarns, finished just short of the green and he jumped with delight after rolling in his eagle putt on Friday.

“A 50-yard putt!”, exclaimed Phelps, who has won 22 Olympic medals including 18 gold medals. “That was the longest putt I’ve ever holed so it was pretty incredible.

South African Branden Grace took the lead after carding a 5-under 67 to finish with a 17-under total of 127 after the second round. India’s Shiv Kapur hit two-under par 70 on Friday.