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David Feherty      

Golf Commentator for CBS Sports, Bestselling Author & Former PGA Tour Pro

David Feherty was born in the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland. He grew up with aspirations to become an opera singer, until he discovered he had the knack for hitting a golf ball. He jokes about his career change, “I was always interested in music from a very early age. But when I turned pro at age 17, I haven’t sung a note since. Now, I only sing to punish my children.”

Feherty enjoyed a successful professional career, with ten victories worldwide and over $3 million in prize money. He was a regular on the European Tour, with victories including the ICL International, the Italian Open, Scottish Open, South Africa PGA, BMW Open, Cannes Open, and Madrid Open. He captained the winning Irish team in the 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup and played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991, an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.

In 1997, Feherty retired from professional golf when offered a position as a golf commentator for CBS Sports. “I always enjoyed talking more than playing, and now CBS and the Golf Channel are paying me for what I like to do most.” Thanks to his sharp wit and colorful personality, Feherty has become golf’s favorite announcer.

Feherty’s success extends beyond broadcasting. He’s authored six books, several making the New York Times bestsellers list: An Idiot for all Seasons, Somewhere in Ireland, A Village is Missing an Idiot, and A Nasty Bit of Rough. Each is “chocked full with belly-busting humor,” including his latest bestseller, The Power of Positive Idiocy.

This year, the Golf Channel aired 18 episodes of Feherty—its most popular program. No topic was off limits in this original series that shares revealing interviews with well-known personalities, including President Clinton, Donald Trump, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bill Russell among others. As one critic observed, “Feherty is like the man: brutally honest, funny, maddeningly scattered.”

For Feherty, his most fulfilling activities are on behalf of badly injured US troops. Through his Troops First Foundation, he stages events involving golf, hunting, bicycling, and skiing for wounded Special Forces, Green Berets, and other US heroes. “Losing a limb, or the ability to use a limb, is one thing,” Feherty says. “But the dignity they lose with it is perhaps even more important. And to be able to give them some of that dignity back is my mission with these days. It’s not a charity. It’s just us trying to pay back a very small part of the check that we owe them.”

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Golf Channel host David Feherty announces his son has died at 29 ...

Former professional golfer and television host David Feherty announced on Tuesday his son died from a drug overdose on his 29th birthday.

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