Feherty Returns This Fall on Tuesday Nights, Beginning with Bob Costas on the Heels of the Olympics, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 10, 2016, 3:40 pm

Other Upcoming Guests Include Bob Uecker (August 30); Emmitt Smith (September 6); Cris Carter (September 13) & Paul McGinley (September 20)

VIDEO: Bonus Clip – Costas Talks Ryder Cup, Golf’s Return to Olympics

VIDEO: Previewing Feherty’s Guest Lineup This Fall

Less than a week into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, many of the millions of viewers tuning into coverage of the Games across the networks of NBCUniversal have become familiar with the unconventional and often unpredictable personality of NBC Sports’ David Feherty. A figure whom golf television fans have embraced for more than 20 years, Olympic viewers are getting to know Feherty through his appearances as an NBC correspondent in Rio, highlighted by his exclusive interview with current U.S. President Barack Obama which aired in part during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony last Friday. While Feherty has offered opinions on several of the sports being contested in the Rio Games, he’ll be a central figure throughout Golf Channel’s live coverage of the men’s golf competition (August 11-14) which begins tomorrow (6:30 a.m. ET), as the sport makes its return as an Olympic sport for the first time in more than 100 years.

Fittingly, when the Olympic Games come to a conclusion in 11 days, the former professional golfer’s self-titled Feherty interview series – in its sixth season on Golf Channel – will gear up for its Fall run on Tuesday nights, as Feherty returns with 27-time Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports host Bob Costas, on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET. Other upcoming guests on Feherty include legendary baseball play-by-play voice Bob Uecker (Tuesday, August 30), Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Emmitt Smith (Tuesday, September 6) and Cris Carter (Tuesday, September 13), and 2014 European-winning Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley (Tuesday, September 20).

Bob Costas – Tuesday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET

Costas reflects on a career in sports television, stemming from his early aspirations as a teenager dreaming of one day working as a baseball play-by-play radio host, thanks in large part to his father – a compulsive sports gambler – whose influence helped shape the younger Costas’ love for sports in an uncharacteristic, roundabout way. The New York-native also talks about what makes a great interviewer; how it felt to eulogize his childhood sporting hero, Mickey Mantle; having the privilege of introducing Ray Charles to Vin Scully; recalling the awkward trophy ceremony with Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open; what makes the Olympics unique, and some of his favorite moments over the course of his time serving as NBC’s primetime host for a record 11 Olympic Games.

Bob Uecker – Tuesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET

Appearing more than 100 times as a guest on The Tonight Show, Uecker was given the nickname of “Mr. Baseball” by Johnny Carson, and to this day stands as one of the most adorned baseball broadcasters of all time. Uecker’s visit with Feherty in Arizona helps showcase the 45-year veteran broadcaster’s mastery in storytelling, and knack for making people laugh while not taking himself too seriously. He also recalls negotiating his first Major League contract before the days of agents and shares his pride for never unfairly criticizing players.

Emmitt Smith – Tuesday, September 6 at 10 p.m. ET

Smith, the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, visits with Feherty to talk about his years transitioning into retirement from the NFL. The three-time Super Bowl champion talks about finding motivation in new areas of life after football, including the series of businesses he’s involved in, from real estate to construction to his charitable endeavors. Smith also discusses the advent of social media, and how athletes often remain the product of the background in which they’re raised in.

Cris Carter – Tuesday, September 13 at 10 p.m. ET

A Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver, Carter describes how his work ethic helped shape him into an eventual Hall of Famer, through his love for the process and willingness to put in the work beyond just game day on Sundays. Carter also opens up about overcoming his trying upbringing, his battle with alcoholism and drug addiction, and gaining perspective and clarity to escape from his difficult past. He also talks about his passion for golf and the life lessons it embodies, along with his admiration for Jack Nicklaus as a player, a businessman and how he carries himself as a human being.

Paul McGinley – Tuesday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET

A four-time European Tour winner, McGinley reflects on the two-year journey as the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain. He also discusses the competitive and athletic influence of his father, a former Gaelic football player in Ireland, and how the end of his own Gaelic football playing career paved the way for a successful career in professional golf. McGinley also recounts how he met his wife Allison while both were attending college in San Diego – where both would become three-time All-Americans in golf – and looks back on the strange circumstance that led to him conceding an 18th hole putt to J.J. Henry at the 2006 Ryder Cup.

Season six of Feherty continues to carry momentum, beginning with the two-part season premiere featuring then World No. 1 Jordan Spieth earlier this year. The premiere of Part I drew 325,000 avg. viewers per minute on a Live+Same Day basis, and the Part II premiere saw 351,000 avg. viewers, becoming the second and third most-watched Feherty premieres in the history of the series (2011-’16, trailing only the series premiere with guest Lee Trevino coming off U.S. Open week in 2011 – 368,000 avg. viewers).

Described as “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal and as “golf’s wisecracking, maverick interviewer” by Esquire, 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 calling golf over the past two decades. A native of Northern Ireland and a former professional golfer who claimed 10 worldwide victories and a spot on the 1991 European Ryder Cup Team, Feherty is now a proud American citizen who has risen above a history of alcoholism and addiction to become an Emmy-nominated television host, New York Times best-selling author and comedic relief for thousands of men and women in uniform.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.


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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.