Michael Phelps beats Michael Jordan on the links

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan teed off against each other on the golf course at the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas this weekend.

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and a five-time Most Valuable Player, has spent a lot of time on the golf course since his third -- or was it fourth? -- retirement from the NBA. He shot a 73 in his round against Phelps.

But Phelps fired an even-par 72 to beat Jordan by a stroke in their round together, according to Yahoo! Sports.

It appears the Baltimore native and 18-time Olympic gold medalist has been putting his focus on the links now that he has retired from the pool. Phelps appeared on the Golf Channel’s “The Haney Project” earlier this year and was tutored by Hank Haney, the former swing coach for Tiger Woods. He said at the time that he no longer wanted golf to be just a hobby and that he was going to “really focus” on the game. He has the time and money to do it.

The 27-year-old probably won’t be playing on the PGA tour anytime soon, but it’s clear that Phelps is getting pretty good at golf.

At one shot over par collectively, Phelps and his partner, Pittsburgh Penguins great Mario Lemieux, tied for 11th in the tournament, which benefitted charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the James R. Jordan Foundation, Cats Care, and Opportunity Village. Ozzie Smith and Vince Coleman combined to shoot 11 strokes under par to win Jordan's tournament by four strokes.

Former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden also played in the tourney and shot a 74, but he and partner Rob Riggle finished 19th.

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