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June 25, 2017

David Feherty - Not Politically Correct
By R.J. Smiley


David Feherty is one of those unique individuals recognized with a one-word name. Elvis, Madonna, Arnie, Prince, Magic and Tiger are a few of the others. Pretty fast company for a smartass former drunk from Northern Ireland. Whatever Golf Channel is paying him - it is not enough. Feherty is a free spirit. When he speaks, he doesn't even know what will pop out of his mouth. He does not even consider the term politically correct.

If you are easily offended, don't read the rest of this story. These are his quotes not mine.

After watching his recent interview with Phil Mickelson, I knew I had to learn more about this enigmatic man. Feherty is bipolar which gives him an out, or an excuse, every time he says or does something stupid or distasteful. For many years his undiagnosed and untreated mental condition caused him to be fixated on success on the golf course, while working just as hard at totally masochistic behavior. "Being bipolar and an addict and an alcoholic I have kept myself very busy. I am lucky if I get three hours of sleep per night."

Feherty's life has been a roller coaster ride. He achieved great success at a very young age. Turning pro at 18, he won five tournaments on the European Tour and represented Team Europe on the 1991 Ryder Cup. After winning the Scottish Open in 1986 he went on a bender and woke up two days later on a putting green fifty miles away with Led Zeplin's manager. "We still have not located the trophy." He used drugs and alcohol to fight depression. "My normal day was 2½ bottles of whisky and 40 Vicodin. If they come up with a drug that helps you play golf better, I am going to be so pissed - I looked for that for years."

"Tom Watson saved my life. We were in Canada and Tom looked me in the eye and said, 'David you are sick.' 'How can you tell?' I asked. 'Because I have been there. Come with me to Kansas City and get some help.' I have been clean ever since."

Feherty is a self-described atheist. Yet he has a huge heart. A week after Amy Mickelson was diagnosed with breast cancer, Feherty showed up, as an on course commentator for the Colonial Invitational, decked out from head to toe in pink, as a statement for Breast Cancer.

Watching Feherty and Phil, who seem to be friends, I was surprised that Phil does not seem offended by some of the quotes about him, "Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff." Another, "Phil is brilliant, but he's nuts. There's something not quite right about that boy. Phil is watching a movie that only Phil can see."

The reason that Feherty's interviews are so interesting is that he draws hidden facts from usually private people. "One of the advantages of having a fucked-up life is that other people are more comfortable telling you about theirs," he says. "I see life from a different side of the street than most people."

On Tiger Woods, "I just stood there watching him walk past and thinking, 'I don't know what that is, but I know there weren't two of them on Noah's Ark.'"

On the life advice given to Michelle Wie by her parents who thought it would be a good move to encourage their then16 year old daughter to compete on the PGA TOUR, "She could be adopted by Britney Spears and be better off. I want my 16-year-old daughter to have an enormous phone bill, a case of the giggles and to be pissed off at me for killing her first three boyfriends. I do not want her out on TOUR under that kind of pressure."

Everyone has a niche. David Feherty has a way of drawing out the essence of each person that he interviews. Meaning he has found his. He was one of the world's biggest drunks who is lucky to be alive. He was a very good golfer, but he is an excellent interviewer. His interviews on Golf Channel include former Presidents, the current President, sports heroes from other sports and celebrities. In this writers opinion we will be watching Feherty re-runs from the grave. He has been called a combination of Oprah (another one name person) and Johnny Carson. Both were great entertainers! But when God (who he does not believe in) created Feherty - he broke the mold!

To see other interviews and learn more about David Feherty go to www.feherty.com. To read more of his endless quotes search "Feherty Quotes" on your web browser.






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