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September 11, 2011

RUB OF THE GREEN: Feherty’s humor good for golf

TERRE HAUTE — David Feherty is an extremely funny man. If you have read his book written a few years ago, you might have guessed what to expect from him. The book, entitled “Somewhere in Ireland a Village is Missing an Idiot,” set the stage for his far out brand of humor, most of which is directed at himself.

Feherty’s latest project, besides working as an on course announcer for PGA Tournaments, is his own television show which my be viewed weekly on the Golf Channel.

Self-deprecation is part and parcel of Feherty’s comedy routines. He presents himself as a player who helped Britain lose the Ryder Cup to the U.S. in 1960.

The truth is Feherty defeated Payne Stewart in that competition and also helped himself and Sam Torrence, his partner, to a split in doubles competition. Some may remember that Bernard Langer missed a three-foot putt on his last hole to allow the U.S. to win the cup, otherwise the Ryder Cup would have ended in a tie and Britain would have retained possession of the coveted cup.

Feherty also tells it “the way it is” when he confesses his battles with alcohol and prescription drugs. He claims there was once a time when an entire bottle of whiskey was not nearly enough for him each day.

He credits his young daughter with being the catalyst for him en route to cleaning up, getting off and staying away from “the bottle.”

Among the guests he has welcomed on his program are: Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Greg Norman.

Feherty has the uncanny ability to milk the humor from most any situation, and he does it in a manner that is unique to his own particular, peculiar style.

He has an appeal that would make you think he would be perfectly happy playing in a choose-up hunt at Rea Park or Hulman Links. I believe most would enjoy his book and watching his TV program.

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Tiger Woods is much like a leopard, he doesn’t change his spots. In an Associated Press story published about a month ago, it detailed an interview in which he took 23 questions and then walked off without looking right or left and was then overheard muttering under his breath, “That’s why you guys listen, and I play.”

Tiger arrived on the sports scene more privileged than any other athlete, but his relationship with golf writers has not always been smooth. Now, after his widely publicized sex scandal, it will be interesting to see if he can come back and find that magic he displayed on golf courses everywhere or has that Tiger disappeared for good?

It would be difficult to bet against him, but realistically Eldrick is not getting any younger and it is getting more difficult to overhaul the new crop of young players who are ready and willing to win tournaments.

• Fair Joe Bukovac’s Labor Day Shoot Out at The Landing produced some close results.

With play based on a better ball, alternate shot basis, three tandems were deadlocked at the halfway mark. They were Mike Wagle and Lee Shipley, Dave “Al” Alumbaugh and Billy “Bum” Alumbaugh as well as Denny Overberg and Kenny Bosc.

At the end it was Overberg and Bosc in first place with the Alumbaugh brothers in the runner-up spot.

• The old saying, “The woods are full of long hitters” is not always true.

My scouts tell me that Mike “Goat Boy” Lacy can hit the golf ball “a ton.” That brought up the name of former Indiana State University basketball player, Elliott Booe. It was reported that he “flew” the ninth green at The Country Club of Terre Haute.

It’s easy to see that a driving contest is definitely needed.

• Don Tyler made his first eagle on No. 14, the 525-yard par 5 at The Landing recently. Although Don has made eagles before, this one was special; he only had to hole a seven inch putt to secure his three. Tyler works diligently to improve his game.

• Tip of the week — Long putters are “in” these days whether they are “belly putters” or the longer variety. Adam Scott has been making a case for his flat stick.

Regardless of whether you clamp the grip end of the putter against your chest or hold it against your belly, the results will let you know which method suits you best.

n Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied. We’ll be back.

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