Who's who: David Feherty

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  • Photo of David Feherty
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Who's who: David Feherty

  • Name:

    David William Feherty
  • Country:

    N. Ireland
  • Born:

    Aug 13, 1958 in Bangor, County Down, N. Ireland.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Bangor GC, N. Ireland.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf commentator; golf writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1976
  • Website:

    https://www.feherty.com

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1991). European Tour wins (5).

Did you know?

Born in the coastal town of Bangor in Northern Ireland, David Feherty initially trained as an opera singer before turning to golf. He honed his golfing skills at Bangor Golf Club before becoming a professional in 1976 aged 17. His breakthrough wins on the European Tour came in 1986, when he won the Italian Open and the Scottish Open, both in playoffs.

In 1994 and 1995 Feherty played most of his golf on the PGA Tour, recording only two top 10 finishes in that time. Another season back in Europe in 1996 with limited success convinced him to retire from touring golf and switch his focus to commentary. He joined the CBS Sports team in 1997 as an on-course reporter and golf analyst, and has since enjoyed a high profile career as a television personality and writer. He became a naturalised US citizen in 2010.

Among his golf-related and non-related occupations, Feherty lists having been a raconteur (teller of tales), bipolar alcoholic and addict. In his own words, "the last two aren’t technically ‘jobs’ but I was just too successful at them to consider myself an amateur".

Top tournaments won by David Feherty

1992
Europe
272 (-16)
£66,660
Iberia

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Feherty, David

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

£66,660

Title sponsor

Iberia

Played as the Iberia Madrid Open. Second-placed Mark McNulty (Zim) finished 4 shots behind Feherty (N.Ire). [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].

1991
Europe
275 (-13)
£58,330
Credit Lyonnais

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Feherty, David

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

£58,330

Title sponsor

Credit Lyonnais

Played as the Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open (May 2-5). Second-placed Craig Parry (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Feherty (N.Ire). [Cannes Mougins GCC, Mougins, nr Cannes, France].

1989
Europe
269 (-19)
£45,820
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Feherty, David

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

£45,820

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the the inaugural BMW International Open (Oct 12-15). Second-placed Fred Couples (USA) finished 5 shots behind David Feherty (N.Ire). [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Feherty, David

Score

267

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lexington

Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Eamonn Darcy (Ire) finished in second place behind Feherty (N.Ire). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].

1986
Europe
270 (-10)
£16,587
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Feherty, David

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

£16,587

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Italian Open. First-time European Tour winner Feherty (N.Ire) beat his compatriot Ronan Rafferty (N.Ire) in a playoff. [Albarella GC, Rosolina, nr Venice].

1986
Europe
270 (-14)
£21,660
Bell's

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Feherty, David

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

£21,660

Title sponsor

Bell's

Played as Bell's Scottish Open (Aug 21-24; the first Scottish Open since 1973). David Feherty (N.Ire) beat Ian Baker-Finch (Aus) and Christy O'Connor Jnr (Ire) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record the second of his five European Tour wins. [Haggs Castle GC, Glasgow, Scotland].

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