David Feherty has a New Gig-Sort of…
After nearly 20 years with CBS Sports as the on-course reporter with his fair share of humour and reverence, David Feherty has signed a contract with NBC Sports that will put him on the broadcast team with Johnny Miller and allow him to extend his popular “Feherty” series on the Golf Channel and possibly lead to new ventures.
“It’s a thrill, just the thought of it, and a new step in my career,” Feherty said. ” And I can’t wait to get started.” David didn’t renew his contract with CBS after the final broadcast at the Barclays three weeks ago. CBS does not broadcast golf once the NFL starts its regular season games.
NBCUniversal will be his exclusive network home, meaning Feherty likely will be working all four days of tournaments that are aired on Golf Channel weekdays and NBC Sports on the weekend. He will split time between analysis from the tower and following groups on the ground.
David gives up coverage at the Masters, the biggest of CBS’ telecasts, in exchange for the Ryder Cup, the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the British Open starting in 2017, which will be played at Royal Portrush in his native Northern Ireland in 2019.
Tommy Roy, the executive producer for golf at NBC Sports, said the hiring comes at a time when Roger Maltbie and Gary Koch are cutting back on the number of tournaments they work each year.
Feherty starts his new role in January.
The 57-year-old Feherty won five times on the European Tour and played in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, S.C. He first did TV work at the old Johnnie Walker Championship in Jamaica. Among his big roles for CBS was the 1997 Masters when Tiger Woods shattered records with a 12-shot victory. David recalled his assignment that Sunday at the Masters-getting Tiger to say a few words when he arrived at Augusta National. “My whole career hinged on Woods saying something into the camera. He got out of the car and… I had him seen before, but I’ve never seen that look. He looked radioactive. I thought, Who needs this career?”
Well, despite no comments from Tiger, it worked out for him and has gained national notoriety with “Feherty” were he interviews golfers, celebrities and Presidents, including Donald Trump in 2012. Johnny Miller was one of his earliest interviews on the show.
“Johnny has a great heart, very kind, but brutally honest,” says Feherty. “I really admire that in a person, that honesty. You just say what you feel sometimes, the first thing that comes into your head. It can get you in trouble, and I’m familiar with that, but it’s always refreshing.”
“It goes without saying how much his wit spices up a telecast, but his ability to analyze in my opinion, like he has at the Masters, is off the charts.” Roy says. “And I think under our system David will have the ability to provide even more depth in his analysis, and I think our events fit right into his wheelhouse. I’m so looking forward to hearing the repartee between David and Johnny. It’s going to be some damned good television.”
We wish David Feherty great success in his new gig!