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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 162
The 57-year-old calls it as he sees it, is extremely outspoken on politics and isn’t afraid to lose a few fans over it, as he demonstrated when he used a magazine column to support George W. Bush and attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Harry Reid. Feherty, a great supporter of American troops, once famously said: “From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any US soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama Bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and Bin Laden would be strangled to death.” When Feherty swings for the fence, he doesn’t miss. Even when he’s trying to be helpful, he can’t help but find controversy. Just last month he (literally) waded into a storm of criticism after he crossed a creek to help Jason Day find his ball, which incensed some viewers who felt that players shouldn’t receive assistance, particularly when that player is playing in the same group as another Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy. Feherty certainly has an affinity with - and the respect of – the majority of the PGA Tour’s players, as evidenced by both their openness with him as he walks the course with microphone in hand, and by the quality of his far-reaching Golf Channel one-on-ones with most of the sport’s big names. He adds colour and life to a broadcast that you simply don’t get from most of the other commentators – either those in the tower like Jim Nantz, or his fellow roving reporters. He’s the ultimate storyteller and has an obvious respect for the game and its players, but isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it when someone drops the ball. And, critically, he gets people talking about golf. So here’s hoping Feherty finds a new home at one of the other networks, and quickly. Because from where we stand, golf needs more characters like David Feherty, not less. OTG 1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au
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