By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. – Tuesday was a big day in the parallel worlds of entertainment and golf.
At 7 p.m., the first “Golf Boys” video was released – featuring Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson dancing and rapping. You can click here to watch the sure-not-to-be Grammy-nominated performance.
An hour later, David Feherty – one of golf’s premier broadcasters and without question its pre-eminent comic – debuted several elements of his new Golf Channel show at a Washington, D.C., theater.
The show, which is aptly titled “Feherty,” debuts at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. It will feature conversations with players like Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle and former NBA great Charles Barkley.
Fred Funk, who turned 55 Tuesday, and Rickie Fowler, the 22-year-old phenom, took time from their U.S. Open preparation to appear with Feherty. In the “Caddy Knows Best” segment, Funk’s wife Sharon and son Taylor, who is toting his bag this week, easily got the upper hand.
Judging from Tuesday’s performance, you can expect “Feherty” to be, well, Feherty -- at times irreverent, strikingly funny and surprisingly touching.
The Belfast native, who became a U.S. citizen several years ago, is a passionate supporter of the American military. Those of us in the audience expected to be entertained, but likely didn’t think we’d be laughing through tears during the last half of the hour as Feherty interviewed two wounded veterans.
“Humor is the last defense of the human soul,” he said, explaining his bond with soldiers and sailors who have such searing sacrifices.
Toward the end of the program, Division Commander Sargent Major James Champagne of the 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army and Sargent Major David Santos of the First Troops Foundation took the stage. They presented Feherty with a bronze statue of an angel soldier watching over another in combat.
This time, Feherty was the one shedding tears.