Even if you’re a sparse, casual golf fan, you know who David Feherty is. He personifies everything that is the stereotypical golf announcer: he whispers delicately, he accents with an Irish tongue, and he mixes hilarious wit with classic golf cliches. To the fans, he’s widely considered the best. Or at least, the most well-liked. When it was announced that CBS would not renew his contract after 19 years working together, the fans voiced those opinions.
The CBS golf announcing team just took a huge step back. Feherty is the best. Makes me sad. Masters won’t be as fun to watch.
— Butch Worley (@butchworley) September 7, 2015
Why in the world would @CBSSports let David Feherty walk away? He is the best voice in all of golf.
— Matthew Todd (@MatthewTodd04) September 3, 2015
This reputation earned him his own talk show, Feherty, on the Golf Channel, which began airing in 2011. The show has received much high praise and critical acclaim. The one-hour interview show, frequently with one subject, boasts an impressive guest list: Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Larry David, Charles Barkley, Jack Nicklaus, Dan Patrick, Doc Rivers, Rudy Guiliani, John Boehner, Al Michaels, Rory McIlaroy, and more.
Why’s he so likable? Well, he’s not afraid of much. Even Tiger Woods, whom he comfortably calls a loser to his face.
He comfortably mocks terrible shots.
He also comfortably takes political jabs, like this bit from 2011.
“From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.”
Clearly, he speaks his mind. And we like him for that. After a two-week restricted window in which he was only allowed to negotiate with CBS, it was announced this morning that Feherty has signed on with NBC. Here is the press release.
“NBC Sports Group announced today that David Feherty will make NBCUniversal his exclusive media home, which will include adding Feherty to NBC’s golf tournament coverage team, including the Olympics; an extension of his award-winning series Feherty on Golf Channel; and a slate of new ventures highlighted by a Universal Television development deal.
In his new role with NBC Sports, Feherty will be a walking and tower analyst on NBC and Golf Channel, primarily for their slate of marquee PGA TOUR events, including the “Florida Swing,” THE PLAYERS, and FedExCup Playoffs. Additionally, Feherty will be a fixture on NBC Sports’ coverage of the Olympic Games, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, as well as select PGA of America and European Tour events. Feherty also will call golf’s original championship, once NBC Sports becomes the home of The Open Championship in 2017.”
The main takeaways are that Feherty will be on the on-course announcer during NBC golf broadcasts, which is where we like him. He’ll also be involved in NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Olympics, the Ryder Cups and the Presidents Cups. He’s also been renewed/extended with the Golf Channel, which NBC owns.
This move was predicted from the minute news broke about the CBS/Feherty separation, but it’s nice to see it become a done deal. Golf needs Feherty and now we’ve got him.
PS – My brother and I went to the 2007 PGA Championship in Oklahoma, when Tiger won his 13th major on Sunday. Feherty was following Tiger and it was 105° so Feherty was crushing Gatorades every couple minutes. He slammed a yellow Gatorade right in front of us on the 13th then threw the bottle down. We grabbed it and my brother still has it at his house. It’s awesome. It looks like this but with a little grass on it.
PPS – Feherty also comes from a pretty credible golf vantage point. He won 5 times on the PGA Tour and was a member of the 1991 European Ryder Cup team, going 1-1-1 including a 2&1 victory over U.S. stalworth Payne Stewart in Sunday singles. So basically he’s the man.
PPS – He also fought addiction HEAVILY, to the point where he used to drink a bottle and a half of whiskey every day and swallow double digit pain killers. Comeback story of the century.