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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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.