David Feherty Returns For First-Ever Back-to-Back Live Performances

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 17, 2014, 4:10 pm

Feherty Live Airs Tues., Jan. 21 and Wed., Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET

David Feherty returns next week with not one, but two of his signature, live shows on Golf Channel. Feherty, called by USA Today an “interviewer like no other,” will capitalize on the buzz created by the golf industry descending on Orlando, Fla., next week for the annual PGA Merchandise Show. The two performances of Feherty Live will be shot on consecutive nights in front of studio audiences at Universal Studios Orlando, on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET.

"I can't wait to get back on stage in front of a live audience for yet another attempt at career suicide,” said Feherty. “The live shows are what I live for, and what make the suits at Golf Channel cringe."

Feherty has been described as “one of the funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports and his series “a cross between Oprah and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times. Feherty’s live shows are known for their surprises, like introducing Michael Phelps to his idol Michael Jordan, or Tim Tebow sitting down at the height of Tebow-mania.

GUEST LINEUPS:

Feherty Live: Tuesday, Jan. 21:

  • Lee      Trevino, one of golf’s greatest shot-makers and beloved personalities
  • Graeme      McDowell, PGA TOUR star and Ryder Cup hero
  • Lou Holtz,      college football coaching legend and ESPN analyst

Feherty Live: Wednesday, Jan 22

  • Greg      Norman, “the Great White Shark,” famed golfer and course designer
  • James      Patterson, whose best-selling books have sold more than 270 million copies
  • Mike      Eruzione, captain of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team

LIVE SHOW PRECAUTIONS:

These two shows will mark Feherty’s fourth and fifth live performances on Golf Channel, with previous live shows produced at the Super Bowl, Ryder Cup and last year’s PGA Merchandise Show. And, once again, the Golf Channel producers have hired the best in the business to operate the mute button. Mike Marsico – known in industry circles as “Mike The Finger” – has worked on everything from the WWE’s biggest events to “America’s Got Talent” to comedian Kathy Griffin’s live, primetime talk show on Bravo.

ANOTHER ENCORE PERFORMANCE BY JOSH KELLEY

MCA recording artist and country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley will return as musical guest for Feherty Live. Kelley is best known for the top-5 hit “Amazing,” and his latest hit “Georgia Clay” from his debut country album. Kelly is an avid golfer, who played collegiately at the University of Mississippi – where he was a roommate with Eli Manning – and remains a single-digit handicap golfer.

FIRST-EVER SPECIAL FROM BEHIND THE SCENES OF FEHERTY LIVE

As a prelude to the live shows, on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET, Feherty will pull back the curtains for his first-ever Feherty Live: Behind the Scenes Special, taking viewers backstage for never-before-seen moments from the first three Feherty Live performances during Super Bowl Week in Indianapolis, Ryder Cup week in Chicago and in Orlando last year during PGA Merchandise Show week.

The first episode of Feherty debuted in 2011 as the most-watched premiere for an original series in Golf Channel history, and over the span of three seasons has featured a variety of guests, including the likes of former President Bill Clinton, five-time NBA MVP Bill Russell, and Academy-award winning actor Don Cheadle, as well as golfing greats like 18 Major winner Jack Nicklaus.

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.


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With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

"I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."