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Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps matched up on the links this weekend. And the winner was…

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Two of the world's most famous golfers aren't anywhere near an Augusta tee this week, but they took to the links just the same.

Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan teed it up at the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. And the winner was ... Michael, of course.

Phelps, that is. The world's greatest swimmer defeated the world's greatest hoopster by a 73-72 score. Phelps appears to be one of those rare athletes who switches sports to golf late in life and somehow manages to make a respectable go of it.

He and Jordan had never met before last fall, when they connected at a taping of David Feherty's Golf Channel show during Ryder Cup week. At that event, Phelps wasn't exactly boiling over with witticisms upon meeting his idol: "He's the greatest ... I'm at a loss for words." (Hey, we didn't watch the guy 'cause he was the best talker in the pool.)

Neither one of these guys is a threat to make any kind of pro golf tour. But as they've shown of late, it's likely they'll be tearing up fairways at country clubs around you for years to come.

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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