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Feherty to get his TV career back on course as NBC's voice of golf

By Claire McNeilly

Published 16/09/2015

Commentary king: David Feherty has been a massive hit on American TV
Commentary king: David Feherty has been a massive hit on American TV

David Feherty has been offered a multi-million dollar contract to become the new voice of golf for NBC in the United States.

The 57-year-old Bangor man, widely regarded as America's most popular on-course commentator, lost his job with NBC's big rivals CBS a fortnight ago.

His departure stunned golf fans who have enjoyed listening to the former professional player's unique, witty style of commentary over the past 19 years.

It's understood Feherty and CBS parted company following a disagreement over a new contract and a proposal to move the five-time European Tour winner into a studio-based role.

Now, however, NBC have told Feherty he can replicate his old job on their golf channel.

A spokesperson for NBC refused to confirm the job offer to Feherty, but the ex-Ryder Cup star appeared on the network last night, having recorded a new commentary for a re-run of his 2012 interview with US presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Feherty, who lives with his second wife Anita and their five children in Dallas, Texas, has made no public comment about his shock departure from CBS or his future plans, and refused to discuss his situation when approached by reporters at a recent charity event.

The former Dunhill Cup-winning Irish captain, who received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality last year, joined CBS after retiring from playing golf in 1996.

NBC have always coveted him as their main golf presenter, however, and four years ago they gave him his own chat show, simply called Feherty.

Apart from golf stars, he has had one-on-one interviews with former US president Bill Clinton and actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L Jackson.

Nine years ago Feherty admitted to suffering bouts of depression and having problems with alcohol, adding that only his famed sense of humour kept him going.

"I really believe that's a human's last line of defence," he said. "If I can't make them laugh, I want to make them smile."

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