Feherty Is Leaving; Are There ANY Good Commentators Left?

Original Image: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Original Image: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

This week started with the surprising news that David Feherty was leaving CBS as their man on the ground. Love him or hate him, David Feherty has been an constantly entertaining and insightful voice for the past 19 years.

 

So why is he leaving?

 

Though neither Feherty or CBS  has commented, Golf Digest reports that there are most likely two reasons for his department: position and money. Feherty has grown tired of hoofing around the course and has been pushing for a spot in the booth. However those seats are already occupied at CBS by Nick Faldo and Jim Nantz. Sources also say that Feherty’s agent was pushing for more money than CBS was willing to give.

1997 Doral Ryder Open: CBS announcer David Feherty alone, looking through tall grass during second round.  Image: Jacqueline Duvoisin
1997 Doral Ryder Open: CBS announcer David Feherty alone, looking through tall grass during second round. Image: Jacqueline Duvoisin

There are really only two places he can go: NBC/Golf Channel or FOX Sports. Feherty already has his interview show on the Golf Channel and NBC isn’t likely to renew the show if he starts working for FOX. NBC’s lead commentator is Johnny Miller who at 68 is looking to cut down his on air time. However, sources report that NBC is looking at David Duval to replace Miller and would like Feherty to report on the ground. Feherty is leaving CBS in order to get a booth job; it’s unlikely he’ll want to switch networks for the same job.

David Feherty poses with his putter at the 1989 European Open Golf Championship held at the Walton Heath Golf Course in Walton on the Hill. Image: Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto
David Feherty poses with his putter at the 1989 European Open Golf Championship held at the Walton Heath Golf Course in Walton on the Hill. Image: Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto

That leaves FOX Sports. They already have Greg Norman and Joe Buck in the booth. However, as Golf Digest reports, Greg Norman is primarily in the job as a favor to Fox’s owner Rupert Murdoch. Norman definitely doesn’t need the money; it would be easy to replace him with Feherty. Though in Scratch’s humble opinion, Joe Buck should be the one replaced. He’s bad at announcing football, what in the world made FOX think he’d be a good at announcing golf?!

CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty wears a pink outfit in support of Amy Mickelson and breast cancer research during the third round of the 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Image: Hunter Martin
CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty wears a pink outfit in support of Amy Mickelson and breast cancer research during the third round of the 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Image: Hunter Martin

FOX Sports is definitely in need of help. Their coverage of the US Open was universally panned, and rightly so. Since then, they’ve demoted Holly Sonders to post-game coverage and has been floundering to get any good reviews. And even though FOX only has the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Amateur, Murdoch has the money to pay Feherty a pretty hefty sum.

 

 

We’ll most likely have to wait a few weeks before David Feherty announces his next step, but here at the Cave, we’ve come to just once conclusion:

Why Can’t Jim Nantz Announce Everything?!

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Can We Clone This Man?

 

 
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4 thoughts on “Feherty Is Leaving; Are There ANY Good Commentators Left?

  • September 4, 2015 at 10:12 am
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    I had the pleasure of hearing David Feherty speaking at an insurance conference,had a blast… Like his comments on air as well gives a different slant that is refreshing all the time.

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    • September 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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      Do you think there’s anyone out there who could replace him, Tom?

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  • September 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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    Are you serious about Nantz? I would put him in the same class as Joe Buck. All you get from him is the party line using that false humility in his voice. Give me Feherty anytime over that sftiff.

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  • September 7, 2015 at 8:03 am
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    Certainly a sad day for CBS to let a talent like David Feherty depart. Over the years he has more than earned his stripes and his witty comments are quoted daily on every golf course in the USA. His TV show is a must watch. How can you keep a fumbling non funny clown like Gary McCord around who never shuts up while allowing Feherty to leave ?? If ESPN (ABC) was wise, they would throw Mike Tirico out the highest window and send his annual millions of salary to Feherty or any other announcer that was available. Tirico broadcasts everything yet knows absolutly nothing about any sport – yet like McCord – he continues to yak on and on. Sound automatically goes off when Trico comes on. Major head scratcher as to what networks accept and reject.

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