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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Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.

 

 

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Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

She wondered if there would be resentment.

She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

“It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

He waved Lincicome over.

“He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

“The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

“I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

What are Lincicome’s expectations?

She would love to make the cut, but . . .

“Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

“I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

“The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

“She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

"It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”


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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”