David Feherty is one of the best interviewers on TV. The bipolar recovering addict and former touring golf pro plays the wild card on the NBC-owned Golf Channel, calling the shots, offering copious commentary and bantering with his guests.
His show, Feherty, has become tremendously popular, thanks in large part to many of his interviews of non-golfers, including Larry David, three former presidents (The Bushes George as well as Bill Clinton) and Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. He even turned the tables on Charlie Rose in an episode that originally aired in April 2014.
Recently, the show aired an emotional interview with golf commentator Peter Oosterhuis, who is battling early-onset Alzheimer's. "It's tragic what he's been going through but he's been really public about it and trying to help in the awareness of the disease. It's an important show for me," says Feherty, whose own father has Alzheimer's.
"I want to remember my father for the way he was, not what he's become," Feherty told us in a recent interview a 30 Rock in New York City (the full interview is in the video above). "So I don't go to see him anymore. He doesn't know who I am. There is that sense of loss but there's no closure because that body is still here."
Later this month, Feherty will be covering the Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland for NBC a tournament he was in contention to win in 1989. "I would have won it if it hadn't been for five bastards that played it better than I did." He finished in sixth place. "This is my first chance to go and broadcast one so it's kind of a homecoming for me and the biggest golf tournament in the world and the best I believe."
The former pro also weighed in on golfers skipping Rio due to Zika concerns. "I'm not sure that I'd give anybody a hard time about it," he said. "They'd be sorry if they give up the chance to win an Olympic Gold Medal, that's a really special thing." But, "there are guys there who haven't had children," Feherty said. "It might not be such a good idea."