David Feherty eschews political correctness in new Golf Channel offering
Everyone loves a good golf story, and David Feherty is just the man to tell them.
The longtime course reporter for CBS' coverage of the PGA Tour brings his irreverent wit to Golf Channel with the eponymously titled "Feherty," a Tuesday offering that features interviews with personalities from the worlds of golf, entertainment and politics, anecdotes from the host's 30-plus years as a player and broadcaster, and plenty of his signature candor.
"Yeah, it's a talk show certainly in that it's an interview-based show, and I tend to ask questions, too, that other people might think about asking but don't really want to," the 52-year-old native of Northern Ireland explains. "You know, because of my own brutal honesty, which is the way I deal with life -- it just seems so much simpler than having to invent stuff; so much effort goes into that, which sometimes insults people. Especially political correctness, which is just a euphemism for bulls... . I'm just not good at that. And I'm lucky enough if I'm ordinarily correct. I'm seldom correct, but I'm never in doubt, if you know what I mean."
Guests in the half-hour series' initial 12-episode run include golfers Tom Watson, Ian Poulter, Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino (a Mexican-American who in the premiere showed Feherty how to maintain his lawn mower in a rather politically incorrect, tongue-in-cheek comedy bit), caddies Jim "Bones" Mackay and Mike "Fluff" Cowan, and actor Don Cheadle.
The first few episodes also will have experimental features such as a drunken, kilt-clad Scotsman answering viewer questions on the myriad rules of golf and a British aristocrat responding to queries on exclusive country clubs.
"It's called 'The Members Only Section,' and if you're not a member of a very exclusive country club, you're actually not allowed to watch that particular segment," Feherty quips.
"Basically, I'm just trying to make people laugh," he continues. "And if I can't make them laugh, I'd like them to smile. And if they don't smile, they're the people I was trying to piss off in the first place."