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”.
Feherty has gone one-on-one with celebrities across golf, sports and entertainment, including former President Bill Clinton, basketball Hall-of-Famers Bill Russell and Charles Barkley, actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson, and golfers Tom Watson and Greg Norman.
Prior to becoming a television personality, 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.
In 1996, Feherty retired from professional golf when offered a position as a golf commentator for CBS Sports. Thanks to his sharp wit and clever personality, he has become golf’s most irrepressible personality and a viewer favorite.
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.”
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.”
Feherty’s success extends beyond broadcasting. He has authored six books, with several making the New York Times “Best Sellers List.” But for Feherty, 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 soldiers who come home without limbs or have been severely disfigured. That first trip to the Middle East and subsequent others inspired him to become an American citizen, a goal he obtained in 2010.
“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.”