“I’m just happy to be here in your country,” the Irishman said when he was introduced.
Later, Feherty said, “I’m not even an expert at golf, I just play one on television, kind of like General Hospital and being a doctor.”
Feherty always downplays his golf career. But the reality is he won 10 tournaments worldwide and was a member of the 1991 European Ryder Cup team. So the guy could swing a club.
However, Feherty proved to be even better with a microphone. His move to NBC coincides with Johnny Miller and Roger Maltbie negotiating deals to work a reduced schedule. So that means Feherty will spend some time in the tower as opposed to walking the fairways.
“I’m 57, but I’m like a net 75 with way I’ve treated myself,” he said. “I had no idea I’d live this long or I would have looked after myself. My hands are arthritic and people don’t believe me when i say I can’t grip a club.
“(Walking the PGA Championship at CBS) at Whistling Straits, you’re at a 45 degree angle and you can’t get on the center of the fairway. But then, it’s golf, not football and nobody’s going to tackle me. I’m using my time now to get my body back into some sort of shape and get some fitness back, because if I was a horse they’d shoot me.”
The move to NBC means Feherty will get a chance to cover the Ryder Cup, British Open and the Olympics. He will continue to do his “Feherty” show for the Golf Channel, along with the possibility of other projects.
“When I got the gig at the Golf Channel with my show, it was a liberating experience, it really was,” Feherty said. “It was more of an intellectual challenge for me and something that I felt I could be good at, and to have this opportunity to be given this with the Olympics, with the Ryder Cup, and with just a different set of players, you know, I’m leaving behind a lot of great friends and some great relationships and some really good memories, I’m nervous about this, and I’m hoping that they don’t drug test announcers because I would fail on several counts with the psych meds that I have to take, especially at the Olympics. I think I’m probably doomed if they do that there.
“It’s a thrill, just the thought of it, and a new step in my career, and I can’t wait to get started.”