Feherty Returns to Monday Nights Beginning with Rory McIlroy, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 8, 2016, 3:20 pm

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David Feherty’s familiar unorthodox style returns to Monday nights on Golf Channel with a slate of new guests as his award-winning, self-titled series FehertySMresumes on Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET, when he welcomes World No. 3 golfer Rory McIlroy.

The Emmy-nominated television host will be joined by a slate of compelling guests this summer, which include McIlroy (Monday, June 20); retired golf broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis (Monday, June 27); 10-time LPGA Tour winner and 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer (Monday, July 4); and a special episode featuring golf’s new “Big Three,” the current top-three-ranked players in the world: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and McIlroy (Monday, July 11). The four-episode stretch coincides with the four weeks leading up to NBC Sports’ coverage of The Open, July 14-17.

Season six of Feherty got off to a hot start with the two-part season premiere featuring then World No. 1 Spieth. 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).

Rory McIlroy – Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET

Shot the day after his victory in the 2016 Irish Open, Feherty visits with fellow Northern Ireland native, Rory McIlroy. The four-time major winner discusses his rise to the top of the sport, the thrill of winning under pressure, and what it would mean to earn a place on the medal stand at the Rio Olympics later this year.

Peter Oosterhuis – Monday, June 27 at 9 p.m. ET

Friends and former colleagues for years working together on broadcasts for CBS Sports, Peter Oosterhuis will join Feherty in an emotional episode premiering on Monday, June 27. Oosterhuis in January 2015 announced his retirement from broadcasting after 20 years, revealing shortly thereafter that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Feherty throughout the interview is able to draw parallels in learning to deal with Alzheimer’s in his family given the battle his father is currently facing. Airing in association with June’s Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, the Englishman talks about the support he’s received from his family and the golf community, and – along with his wife Roothie – discuss the day-to-day challenges of living with the disease. During the episode Feherty also visits the Nantz National Alzheimer’s Center in Houston to find out more about the disease which afflicts so many around the world.

Paula Creamer – Monday, July 4 at 9 p.m. ET

One of the most widely-recognized faces in women’s golf, 10-time LPGA Tour winner Paula Creamer meets with Feherty during one of her practice sessions to reflect on the career she’s paved to-date, and her future aspirations both on and off the golf course. The 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion chats about the dominance among South Korean players in women’s golf, her passion for the Solheim Cup – in which she’s competed six times – and the rejuvenation of her game following a coaching change.

Day, Spieth & McIlroy: Golf’s New "Big Three"– Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET

Current top-3 ranked golfers in the world, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy together represent the next generation of young stars in the game of golf as the new “Big Three,” a title originally associated with golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. In a special episode of Feherty, some of the best moments from Feherty’s interviews with each will be featured, focusing on their rise to the top of the sport and their collective impact as the “face” of the new generation on the PGA TOUR.

Other Upcoming Guests this Season

Other guests scheduled to join Feherty in 2016 include 26-time Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports personality and Olympic host Bob Costas; Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Terry Bradshaw, Cris Carter and Emmitt Smith; legendary baseball play-by-play voice Bob Uecker; Doug Collins, former first-overall pick and journeyman head coach in the NBA; and 2014 European-winning Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley.

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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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.