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David Feherty was born in the seaside town of Bangor in Northern
Ireland. He grew up with aspirations to become an opera singer,
until he discovered he had the knack for hitting a golf ball. He
jokes about his career change, "I was always interested in music
from a very early age. But when I turned pro at age 17, I haven't
sung a note since. Now, I only sing to punish my children."
David enjoyed a very successful professional career, with 10 victories worldwide and over $3 million in prize money. He was a regular on the European Tour, with victories including the ICL International, the Italian Open, Scottish Open, South Africa PGA, BMW Open, Cannes Open, and Madrid Open. He captained the winning Irish team in the 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup. And Feherty played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991, an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.
In 1997, David retired from professional golf to become a golf commentator for CBS Sports. "I always enjoyed talking more than playing, and now CBS is paying me for what I like to do most." David's knowledge of the game and Tour experience give him instant credibility, and his quick wit and colorful personality add a new dimension to golf telecasts. His approach to broadcasting is appreciated by golf fans and critics; he has been called "The Class Clown of Commentary" and "Golf's Ultimate Wise Guy."
David's success extends beyond broadcasting. He is an accomplished author, currently writing a monthly Sidespin column for Golf magazine and a popular bi-weekly column for Golfonline.com. His books have become bestsellers - the fictional A Nasty Bit of Rough, and his collection of humorous articles, Somewhere in Ireland, A Village is Missing an Idiot. In August 2004, RuggedLand released his third book, David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup. Last summer, RuggedLand published his newest collection, An Idiot for All Seasons.
David makes appearances at various clinics and outings throughout the year. In all of his work, David's goal is to encourage people to remember that golf is fun. "I want to entertain people. If I can't make them laugh, I want to make them smile."
- Behind the Tee and Behind the Mike: My Life in Golf
- In and Out of the Rough: My Battle with Alcoholism and Depression