Ryder Cup Captains and College Football Coaching Icons on Deck for Feherty

By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 17, 2015, 5:35 pm

 South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (Wednesday, Sept. 23) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (Wednesday, Sept. 30) Sit Down with David Feherty to Talk Football and Their Love for Golf 

2016 Ryder Cup Captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke Join Feherty in Minneapolis for a Feherty Live Ryder Cup One-Year-Out Special, Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET

Two of the biggest coaching icons in NCAA football history and two Ryder Cup captains are set to sit down with Emmy-nominated David Feherty – one of the most recognizable and unique personalities in sports and newly announced NBC Sports golf analyst – for wide-ranging interviews on upcoming episodes of Feherty, Golf Channel’s primetime interview series, including a Ryder Cup One-Year-Out Feherty Live special later this month.

These new episodes of Feherty come on the heels of NBC Sports Group’s announcement that Feherty will make NBCUniversal his exclusive media home, which will include adding Feherty to NBC’s golf tournament coverage team starting in 2016, an extension of his award-winning series Feherty on Golf Channel and a slate of new ventures highlighted by a Universal Television development deal.

Feherty – Steve Spurrier, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET, the “head ball coach” – South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier – invites Feherty to his home in Crescent Beach, Fla. Spurrier reveals a side rarely seen in the public eye when he discusses with Feherty the lessons he’s learned from nearly four decades of coaching at the highest level, balancing work and family and his passion for the game of golf. Feherty also gives the former Heisman Trophy winner lessons for improving his game on the golf course, and the two discuss the art of throwing a visor. 

Feherty Live – “An Evening With the Captains,” Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m. ET

Feherty will unleash his wit and unconventional interview style that has earned his show critical acclaim when the PGA of America celebrates one-year-out from the 2016 Ryder Cup with a special Feherty Live stage show from the historic Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. Feherty Live – An Evening With The Captains, airing as a one-hour special on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET, will feature conversations with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke. Viewers also will get a behind-the-scenes preview of the 2016 Ryder Cup, taking place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Feherty – Nick Saban, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 9 p.m. ET

Feherty travels to Lake Burton in the North Georgia mountains for a sit-down interview with Spurrier’s SEC counterpart, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. Saban opens up to Feherty on his football coaching philosophy and how he applies life lessons learned from playing the game of golf to molding and shaping his student athletes both on and off the field. They also discuss the influence of Saban’s father, his early career aspiration to be a car dealer, the life lessons learned from Bill Belichick and his difficult two seasons as coach of the Miami Dolphins. Away from the interview, Feherty coaches “The Coach” on the golf course and spends some relaxing time with Saban on his boat and at his Lake Burton summer house.

Emmy-nominated David Feherty, described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times as host of Golf Channel’s hit, original series, Feherty, conducts interviews both heartfelt and irreverent – a trademark of one of television’s most irrepressible personalities. Earning critical acclaim for his refreshing interviewing style, the self-deprecating Feherty employs his laid back approach when sitting down with the most recognized names in entertainment, politics and sports to bring out laughs and an often seldom seen emotional side from his guests. He also makes a habit of engaging in his guests’ favorite places and activities to help capture the location of each episode.

Feherty originally debuted in June 2011 as the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history. Emmy-nominated 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, sportscasters Al Michaels and Dan Patrick, actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson, and golfers Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Michelle Wie.

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.