David Feherty has been with Golf Channel since 2011, as host of his popular self-titled talk show Feherty. The show originally debuted in June 2011 as the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history. Feherty received an Emmy nomination in 2014 for “Outstanding Sports Personality.” Described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times, Feherty has made a name for himself not only through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show, but as one of the most irrepressible personalities in golf.
In 2015, Feherty signed an extension of his award-winning Golf Channel series, joining NBC Sports Group and NBCUniversal exclusively, as well as Golf Channel on NBC’s PGA TOUR tournament production team as an on-course and tower analyst, a role he has held in the industry since retiring from professional golf in 1996.
Thanks to his sharp wit and clever personality, Feherty has become a viewer favorite. What works for Feherty as a rehabilitative tool is humor – wicked humor. Having battled depression, Feherty knows the healing value of laughter. “The only thing that kept me alive was my sense of humor. I really believe that’s a human’s last line of defense. If I can’t make them laugh, I want to make them smile.”
Born in the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland, Feherty 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.”
Prior to taking on his television role, Feherty enjoyed a successful professional golf career, with 10 victories worldwide and more than $5 million in prize money. A regular on the European Tour, he also 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.
Feherty has gone one-on-one with celebrities across golf, sports, entertainment, politics and business, including former President Bill Clinton, basketball Hall-of-Famers Bill Russell and Michael Jordan, business tycoons Donald Trump and Jack Welch, Hollywood icons Samuel L. Jackson and Larry David, coaches Nick Saban and Bob Knight, as well a list of golfing greats spanning Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Rory McIlroy, Annika Sorenstam, and many others.
Feherty’s success extends beyond broadcasting. He has authored six books, with several making the New York Times “Best Sellers List.” Now a proud American citizen, Feherty’s his most fulfilling activities are on behalf of badly injured U.S. troops. In 2005, he was part of a Thanksgiving goodwill tour to Iraq and returned with a new mission, determined to do something to better the lives of those he calls “American heroes.” Subsequently, he founded “Feherty’s Troops First Foundation”, which – among other good deeds – works with wounded veterans.
“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 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.”