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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Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated” while taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor, he made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

“I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

“No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

“We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.


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To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

“I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

“Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

“We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.

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Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.


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“I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

“We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”