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Monday, June 20, 2011
Funnyman David Feherty talks show, Rory McIlroy


NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, Academy Award-nominee Don Cheadle, and World Golf Hall of Famers Tom Watson and Lee Trevino headline the list of personalities slated for guest appearances on the new Golf Channel original series, "Feherty." Airing regularly Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, "Feherty" will premiere on Monday with a special show at 10 p.m.

The unfiltered interview show is hosted by David Feherty, the former pro golfer and now commentator and sometimes controversial funnyman.

"I'm not really a nice person," said Feherty, who grew up in Northern Ireland with aspirations of becoming an opera singer until he discovered he had a knack for hitting a golf ball. "I'm sarcastic and mean-spirited. But I give people a hard time because I want them to give me a hard time back."

Feherty enjoyed a successful professional career, with 10 victories worldwide and more than $3 million in prize money. In 1997, he retired to become a commentator for CBS Sports. He has written six books and has made the New York Times Best-Seller List several times.

The 52-year-old Dallas resident has battled back from alcoholism and depression and even severe injuries from getting hit by a truck in 2008 while he was cycling. And he's always had a quick wit. Sometimes that has gotten him into trouble.

"I probably regret a few things I've said. The problem is I can't really remember them. That's what you get for decades of drugs, alcohol and painkillers," Feherty said. "I think it was actress Ingrid Bergman who said, 'All you need for a happy life is good health and a bad memory.' Well, I have that. But I will say the past five years of my life have been the best."

Even Sunday, Feherty showed a softer side on Golf Channel during his interview with U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy. He wasn't snarky at all.

"What's not to like about that kid? He's amazing. He's an open book," Feherty said. "But, you're right. I was too kind. I won't do that on my show. I should have questioned him whether he's being so nice because his ulterior motive is sainthood."