Punch Shot: Dream 'Feherty' guest

While many notable names have joined David Feherty over the years, there are still some golf stories left untold. So as we celebrate the new season of "Feherty," our GolfChannel.com writers offer up their dream interview for the show.

By JASON SOBEL

My first thought was another all-time great of the game. Maybe Gary Player to join the likes of Jack and Arnie. Or in the wake of President Clinton's appearance, perhaps our current commander-in-chief, President Obama. Or the commander-in-chief of everything else, Billy Payne. Hell, knowing David he could probably do an hour with the Ghost of Bobby Jones.

Then it came to me. There's only one logical answer as to whom I'd most like to watch in a candid, no-holds-barred interview.

Tiger Woods.

Now, I'm not so naïve to think that Feherty and his producers didn't reach out to Tiger's people the minute their show was conceived and on a regular basis ever since. I trust they've laid the groundwork and hope it can become a reality sometime soon.

After all, Woods and Feherty have an amiable relationship and while Tiger doesn't often disclose too many personal feelings, I think he would be able to show a different side to himself in this setting as opposed to the multitudes of pre- and post-round interviews he gives throughout the year.

Too often we only see Tiger in this arena, telling us about the 6-iron out of the rough on No. 11 or the 15-footer he drained on the last hole. It would be terrific to watch him in a more relaxed setting, speaking with an interviewer whom he likes and respects.

He might pour his heart out, or he might not say much. Either way, though, it would be must-see TV.


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By RANDALL MELL

Hey, let’s see David Feherty interview Mrs. Doubtfire.

No, wise guys, that’s not a shot at Colin Montgomerie. Ah, that probably wouldn’t work, not with Montgomerie blaming Feherty for labeling him “Mrs. Doubtfire,” a moniker that dogged Montgomerie for a time when he was among American galleries.

I’m talking Robin Williams, dressed as Mrs.Doubtfire. Now that would be a match of wits to cherish. Williams did a funny gag about golfing during his stand-up comedy days, and Mrs. Doubtfire surely must know golf, being a Scot. If Feherty ever pulled that off, he would have to do a two-part show. It would be that good.


By REX HOGGARD

David Feherty has touched on nearly every aspect of the golf world during his tenure as a talk show host with one exception – Joe LaCava.

In 2011, Feherty had Mike “Fluff” Cowan and Jim “Bones” Mackay on his show, two of the game’s best and most intriguing loopers, and LaCava would complete the caddie yard trifecta for the Northern Irishman.

Consider that LaCava has caddied for Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson and now Tiger Woods in his career. The tales he could tell from his days on Couples’ bag, alone, could fill an hour show. For more than 20 years, LaCava was Mr. Cool’s right-hand man, including his lone major victory at the 1992 Masters.

The two were inseparable right up until the point that Couples, nursing a chronically ailing back and bound for the Champions Tour, convinced LaCava to go to work for Johnson in 2011. Four months later, Woods came calling.

Since joining the world No. 1, the two have combined to win eight Tour titles and established a relationship that goes well beyond the normal player-caddie confines, much like he had with Couples.

There are no caddies in the World Golf Hall of Fame, but if there were, LaCava would be lock. Similarly, he would be a Hall of Fame interview.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm