'Feherty Live' Returns Wednesday, Jan 23

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 17, 2013, 6:23 pm

 

 

Following the acclaim that surrounded his first two live shows featuring the likes of superstars Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps and Tim Tebow, golf’s funnyman David Feherty will join the thousands of golfers descending on Orlando, Fla. next week for the annual PGA Merchandise Show to host his first live show of 2013 on Golf Channel. Feherty Live will be shot in front of a live studio audience at Hard Rock LIVE at Universal Orlando Resort and air Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

The next live installment of Feherty’s critically acclaimed Golf Channel series will take place on stage in front of a packed house and will include appearances by European Ryder Cup hero and brash Englishman Ian Poulter, golfing legends Lee Trevino and Gary Player, and celebrated swing coach Butch Harmon. And, in Feherty’s inimitable style and evidenced from past live performances, he may also have a few surprises up his sleeve.

Feherty, whose series has been described by The New York Times as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson,” has been dubbed “one of the funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports. The off-beat humor and compelling interviews that have become a Feherty trademark will be on full display during one of the busiest weeks on the golf calendar. Feherty Live airs on the eve of the annual PGA Merchandise Show, which attracts thousands of people from around the world who work in the golf industry.

“David’s quick wit has proven to be a real drawing card for these live shows, but he also delivers moments with real heart in his interviews,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “The energy of the live audience and their reaction to the surprise moments have played a large part in the success of the previous live shows at the Super Bowl and Ryder Cup.  We look forward to this next Feherty Live special for a live audience of passionate golfers during one of the biggest weeks in golf.”

Englishman Poulter, one of the heroes of Europe’s history-making, come-from-behind victory at the last Ryder Cup, is a self-made golfer and one of a few who is a member of the world’s top-two tours – PGA TOUR and European Tour. Known for his eccentric fashion sense and spiked hairstyle as much as his play, he has been ranked as high as number 5 in the world rankings. Trevino has been one of the greatest shot-makers and most-loved personalities in the history of golf. Raised in poverty, he overcame the odds and forged a career that carried him all the way to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Player, also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, is known as one of the best golfers of all time. During the three-decade boom of golf from the 1950s through the ‘70s, Player joined Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as one of “The Big Three” golfers of this era. A native of South Africa, the “Black Knight” was a nine-time major championship winner. Harmon is one of the most famous golf instructors in the world. A former player and son of 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon, Butch has tutored some of the most successful golfers ever to play the game like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and Ernie Els, as well as up-and-coming superstars Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Adam Scott.

MCA recording artist and country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley will return as musical guest for Feherty Live in Orlando. Kelley is best known for the top-5 hit “Amazing,” but his music has been incorporated into TV shows, such as MTV’s The Hills, ABC’s Brothers and Sisters and CW’s Smallville. Kelley is having success in Nashville with his hit “Georgia Clay” from his debut country album. He’s also an avid golfer who played golf at the University of Mississippi – where he was a roommate with Eli Manning – and remains a single-digit handicap.

The third season of the popular Feherty series will debut on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. ET, and will be highlighted by interviews with the “Golden Bear” Jack Nicklaus and fellow golfers Phil Mickelson, Paul Azinger and Billy Casper; legendary college basketball coach Bobby Knight, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz, among others.

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 two seasons has featured a variety of guests, such as former President Bill Clinton, basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell, real estate magnate and reality show star Donald Trump; actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson; and golfers Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Greg Norman and Tom Watson.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”

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Rory tired of the near-misses, determined to close

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:46 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy has returned to the Travelers Championship with an eye on bumping up his winning percentage.

McIlroy stormed from the back of the pack to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but that remains his lone worldwide win since the 2016 Tour Championship. It speaks to McIlroy’s considerable ability and lofty expectations that, even with a number of other high finishes this season, he is left unsatisfied.

“I feel like I’ve had five realistic chances to win this year, and I’ve been able to close out one of them. That’s a bit disappointing, I guess,” McIlroy said. “But at least I’ve given myself five chances to win golf tournaments, which is much more than I did last year.”


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The most memorable of McIlroy’s near-misses is likely the Masters, when he played alongside Patrick Reed in Sunday’s final group but struggled en route to a T-5 finish. But more frustrating in the Ulsterman’s eyes were his runner-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when he led by two shots with eight holes to go, and a second-place showing behind Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

“There’s been some good golf in there,” he said. “I feel like I let Dubai and Wentworth get away a little bit.”

He’ll have a chance to rectify that trend this week at TPC River Highlands, where he finished T-17 last year in his tournament debut and liked the course and the tournament enough to keep it on his schedule. It comes on the heels of a missed cut at the U.S. Open, when he was 10 over through 11 holes and never got on track. McIlroy views that result as more of an aberration during a season in which he has had plenty of chances to contend on the weekend.

“I didn’t necessarily play that badly last week. I feel like if I play similarly this week, I might have a good chance to win,” McIlroy said. “I think when you play in conditions like that, it magnifies parts of your game that maybe don’t stack up quite as good as the rest of your game, and it magnified a couple of things for me that I worked on over the weekend.”

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Sunday run at Shinnecock gave Reed even more confidence

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:08 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While many big names are just coming around to the notion that the Travelers Championship is worth adding to the schedule, Patrick Reed has been making TPC River Highlands one of his favorite haunts for years.

Reed will make his seventh straight appearance outside Hartford, where he tied for fifth last year and was T-11 the year before that. He is eager to get back to the grind after a stressful week at the U.S. Open, both because of his past success here and because it will offer him a chance to build on a near-miss at Shinnecock Hills.

Reed started the final round three shots off the lead, but he quickly stormed toward the top of the leaderboard and became one of Brooks Koepka’s chief threats after birdies on five of his first seven holes. Reed couldn’t maintain the momentum in the middle of the round, carding three subsequent bogeys, and ultimately tied for fourth.


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It was a bittersweet result, but Reed is focusing on the positives after taking a couple days to reflect.

“If you would have told me that I had a chance to win coming down Sunday, I would have been pleased,” Reed said. “I felt like I just made too many careless mistakes towards the end, and because of that, you’re not going to win at any major making careless mistakes, especially on Sunday.”

Reed broke through for his first major title at the Masters, and he has now finished fourth or better in three straight majors dating back to a runner-up at the PGA last summer. With another chance to add to that record next month in Scotland, he hopes to carry the energy from last week’s close call into this week’s event on a course where he feels right at home.

“It just gives me confidence, more than anything,” Reed said. “Of course I would have loved to have closed it out and win, but it was a great week all in all, and there’s a lot of stuff I can take from it moving forward. That’s how I’m looking at it.”

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Koepka back to work, looking to add to trophy collection

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 8:53 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Days after ensuring the U.S. Open trophy remained in his possession for another year, Brooks Koepka went back to work.

Koepka flew home to Florida after successfully defending his title at Shinnecock Hills, celebrating the victory Monday night with Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky, swing coach Claude Harmon III and a handful of close friends. But he didn’t fully unwind because of a decision to honor his commitment to the Travelers Championship, becoming the first player to tee it up the week after a U.S. Open win since Justin Rose in 2013.

Koepka withdrew from the Travelers pro-am, but he flew north to Connecticut on Wednesday and arrived to TPC River Highlands around 3 p.m., quickly heading to the driving range to get in a light practice session.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, to be honest with you,” Koepka said. “I’m still focused on this week. It was just like, ‘All right, if I can get through this week, then I’m going to be hanging with my buddies next week.’ I know then maybe it’ll sink in, and I’ll get to reflect on it a little bit more.”


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Koepka’s plans next week with friends in Boston meant this week’s event outside Hartford made logistical sense. But he was also motivated to play this week because, plainly, he hasn’t had that many playing opportunities this year after missing nearly four months with a wrist injury.

“I’ve had so many months at home being on the couch. I don’t need to spend any more time on the couch,” Koepka said. “As far as skipping, it never crossed my mind.”

Koepka’s legacy was undoubtedly bolstered by his win at Shinnecock, as he became the first player in nearly 30 years to successfully defend a U.S. Open title. But he has only one other PGA Tour win to his credit, that being the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his goal for the rest of the season is to make 2018 his first year with multiple trophies on the mantle.

“If you’re out here for more than probably 15 events, it gives you a little better chance to win a couple times. Being on the sidelines isn’t fun,” Koepka said. “Keep doing what we’re doing and just try to win multiple times every year. I feel like I have the talent. I just never did it for whatever reason. Always felt like we ran into a buzzsaw. So just keep plugging away.”