Thursday, June 16th, 2016


Interview to Focus on: the Prospect of Becoming an Olympic Athlete; His Admiration for Tiger Woods Growing Up; and a Ryder Cup Change of Heart

VIDEO: McIlroy on What it Would Mean to Compete in the Olympics

VIDEO: McIlroy on Internal vs. External Expectations for his Career

VIDEO: McIlroy on Spirit of Competition, & Recalling ‘14 PGA Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 16, 2016)Feherty returns Monday, June 20 as David Feherty visits with World No. 3 Rory McIlroy, premiering at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The interview, which was shot less than 24 hours following McIlroy’s win at the Irish Open – his 20th, and most recent worldwide professional victory – covers a wide range of topics, including:

  •  What it would mean to have the opportunity to compete as an Olympic athlete, and the prospect of earning a place on the medal stand in Rio later this year.
  •  His admiration for Tiger Woods growing up, and the difference between internal expectations for his own career and the expectations placed on him by the media
  •  His win at the 2014 PGA Championship, and how he utilized Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler’s presence near the top of the leaderboard as motivation to win his fourth major
  •  How he’s changed his tune on what it means to play in a Ryder Cup, and looking ahead to this fall as a member of a Darren Clarke-captained European team

Upcoming Guests this Season

Other guests joining Feherty over the next few weeks include former Tour player and longtime golf analyst Peter Oosterhuis (Monday, June 27); 10-time LPGA Tour winner Paula Creamer (Monday, July 4); and golf’s new “Big Three,” Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy (Monday, July 11), on a special episode of Feherty where some of the best moments from Feherty’s interviews with each will be featured. Episode guests on Feherty scheduled for later this year include 26-time Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports personality and Olympic host Bob Costas; Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Terry Bradshaw, Cris Carter and Emmitt Smith; legendary baseball play-by-play voice Bob Uecker; Doug Collins, former first-overall pick and journeyman head coach in the NBA; and 2014 European-winning Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley.

Described as “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal and as “golf’s wisecracking, maverick interviewer” by Esquire, Feherty has made a name for himself not only through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show, but as one of the most irrepressible personalities calling golf over the past two decades. A native of Northern Ireland and a former professional golfer who claimed 10 worldwide victories and a spot on the 1991 European Ryder Cup Team, Feherty is now a proud American citizen who has risen above a history of alcoholism and addiction to become an Emmy-nominated television host, New York Times best-selling author and comedic relief for thousands of men and women in uniform.

-NBC Sports Group-