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. This year, David is excited about his appointment as Captain of the International Team at the inaugural Tommy Bahama Challenge event in November.
In 1997, David retired from professional golf when offered a position as 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 light-hearted 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." And according to a September 2002 Golf Magazine survey, golf fans chose David Feherty as their favorite golf announcer.
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 piece for their website, 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, Rugged Land released his third book, David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup. David also 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."
David Feherty's newest challenge is his job as 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 quick wit and colorful personality on the course adds a new dimension to golf telecasts. His knowledge of the game and Tour experience give him instant credibility.
David's success does not end with the microphone. He is also an author, currently writing for Golf Magazine and Golf Online. David demonstrates his lighthearted spirit in the clinics and outings he performs throughout the year. David Feherty's goal is to encourage those around him to look at golf and life with the same selfless manner and enjoyment he does.
David's newest book is titled "Somewhere in Ireland A Village is Missing an Idiot". Golf's multitalented combination of Dave Barry, P.J. O'Rourke, and Rick Reilly, David Feherty is the nation's funniest and most popular on-screen golf personality. His "Sidespin" column is the most popular feature in Golf Magazine, and his first novel, A Nasty Bit of Rough, cracked the New York Times bestseller list. Now, at long last, an omnibus of Feherty's best nonfiction hilarity.
Somewhere in Ireland, A Village is Missing an Idiot is a collection of Feherty's most popular Golf Magazine columns, intermingled with his most outrageous work from Golfonline.com. As an added bonus, readers will be treated to some notorious pieces from his work at the British publication Golf Monthly. Edited by and with a running commentary by Feherty, and accompanied by some of the priceless letters to the editor from readers across the country and around the globe complaining about Feherty's perversity, Somewhere in Ireland is the perfect Father's Day gift for the crankiest duffer in every family.