All eyes were on The Open last week, but the PGA TOUR had another event going. It was an exciting finish, too, with Aaron Baddeley of Australia winning his first TOUR event in over 5 years. His last win came in on February 20, 2011 at the Northern Trust Open. Continue reading “Aaron Baddeley: What’s in the bag?”
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Feherty Will Join NBC Sports’ and Golf Channel’s Coverage of the Olympic Games, Ryder Cup, PGA TOUR, European Tour, as well as The Open Championship
Additional Elements Include Universal Television Development Deal, Extension of Feherty Talk Show on Golf Channel, New Feherty Digital Platform, Collaboration on Feherty Off-Tour Stage Show
NBC Sports Group announced today that David Feherty will make NBCUniversal his exclusive media home, which will include adding Feherty to NBC’s golf tournament coverage team, including the Olympics; an extension of his award-winning series Feherty on Golf Channel; and a slate of new ventures highlighted by a Universal Television development deal.
Described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times, 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 scored 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.
“I’m really looking forward to this next step in my career, but I’ll miss a lot of people who have had my back for nearly 20 years. And to be honest, I’m on the verge of soiling myself,” said David Feherty, NBC Sports golf analyst and host. “However, I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities at NBC and Golf Channel. I haven’t yet heard the over-under on me getting fired, but hey, I beat the odds the last time.”
“David is a true talent who connects with people from all walks of life because of his ability to transition from hilarious to heartfelt so smoothly,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel. “Now we will be able to showcase his unique voice across a wide array of NBCUniversal assets, including from the biggest stages in global sports and entertainment.”
In his new role with NBC Sports, Feherty will be a walking and tower analyst on NBC and Golf Channel, primarily for their slate of marquee PGA TOUR events, including the “Florida Swing,” THE PLAYERS Championship, and FedExCup playoffs. Additionally, Feherty will be a fixture on NBC Sports’ coverage of the Olympic Games, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, as well as select PGA of America and European Tour events. Feherty also will call golf’s original championship, once NBC Sports becomes the home of The Open Championship in 2017.
“I have admired David’s unique perspective on golf telecasts for years,” said Tommy Roy, 30-time Emmy Award winning producer, NBC Sports. “His addition to the Golf Channel and NBC team will further enhance our coverage of this game we love, and also help David rise to new levels professionally with the exclusive opportunity to call golf at the Olympics, Ryder Cup and The Open Championship.”
In addition to calling golf at a majority of NBC’s 24 golf events on broadcast television in 2016, Feherty’s addition to the NBCUniversal family also includes:
First Look Development Deal: Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal, has secured a first-look development deal with Feherty, providing him a new creative outlet for potential entertainment projects.
The smile and attitude is just what professional golf needs at this time. Phil Mickelson getting back on his winning ways is great for the success of the PGA TOUR, sports television networks, and the game of golf in general. The American golf fans needed for someone to step up and be a hero this year, and what better outcome than that person being Phil Mickelson.
The 43 year-old Mickelson, who personifies Southern California, and Arizona has resurrected his golf swing during the 2013 season and ridden it to three victories so far. His only victory at home was the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he demolished the field. He picked up two victories in Europe including The Open Championship at Muirfield last week.
For the first time in his career, Lefty has decided that winning golf tournaments comes from playing smart, and not necessarily the power golf game he has had for the most of his career. During The Open Championship, he didn’t have a driver in his bag, and he didn’t need it to go out and win at Muirfield in tough conditions, at a tough golf course with a tough world-class field.
The other thing I see that is driving Phil Mickelson’s success in 2013 is his schedule. In previous years it was my opinion that by the time the majors came up on the schedule (except for the Masters Golf Tournament) he was physically worn out. Not only did he go into US Opens and Open Championships with the wrong game plan, but he was exhausted.
I remember telling my wife during the playoff at Riveria in 2012 where he lost to Bill Haas, after wining at Pebble Beach the previous week, that Phil looked haggard and tired. He was physically, and mentally fried to put it mildly. He then took his family on a vacation to Italy and by the time the big tournaments came around, he was unprepared and wore out.
I fully expect Phil to be a factor at the PGA Championship in two weeks, and someone to beat as the 2013 season comes to a close, and the FedEx Cup playoffs begin. He has won before during the stretch, and in particular at The Deutche Bank a couple of years ago. With a little luck, and a good attitude we may see him in another winners circle again this year.
We haven’t done a Back 9 in a while, but when this week’s Friday Foursome was cancelled we decided to record on. We talked about a lot including Hunter Mahan, another 59 on TOUR, Phil winning The Open Championship, and Tiger’s putting skills. Enjoy!
Jordan Spieth is a closer. The kid, and I do mean kid, knocked in a bunker shot to force a playoff at the 2013 John Deere Classic. He was playing with David Hearn and defending champion Zach Johnson. He made some crucial putts coming down the stretch, and carried the playoff to 5 holes. Then, when all 3 players hit it right off the tee, it was down to the guy with the best lie. Johnson was right behind a tree and would eventually end up wet. Hearn went left, but had a chance if he could drain a long sweeping putt from off the green. Then Spieth hit. He was not sure what club to hit, and changed right before he swung. He picked the right stick and was just past the pin. He would go on to win his first PGA TOUR event. Oh, and I forgot to mention he is only 19-years-old!
Jordan has been making a lot of noise this year on TOUR, and earned his PGA TOUR card with his win on Sunday. He also earned a spot in The Open Championship AND an invite to play in the Masters next year. Not a bad day for a kid that can only celebrate with a soda pop! I wonder if he can drink at The Open Championship… Anyway, Jordan played great and deserved that win. I’ll drink to that! The kid has a TON of talent, and I am excited to see what is next for this guy.
A few months ago I had the chance to meet Jordan. Well, we connected in a Google+ Hangout. I actually have a connection to Jordan. He played in The Spirit International, and I asked him about that in this Hangout. He’s quite humble for his age, and I hope to see more wins from him soon. Speaking of wins, here is what was in his bag at the John Deere. Go low, Jordan!
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 63X), 8.5 degrees
3-Wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2, 14.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 913Hd, 18 degrees
Irons (4-9): Titleist AP2 714 prototype
PW: Titleist Vokey SM4
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x