Episode four of the Golf Channel series, “Feherty,” takes on TNT’s Charles Barkley Tuesday night (6 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m.). (Earlier episodes with Lee Trevino, Don Cheadle and Tom Watson reair all the time …. )
You may have noticed some of the ads for the show include media reviews. Like, “The Los Angeles Daily News says, ‘We want more. We need more.'”
What a moron. But it’s true.
Before David Feherty took a seat next to Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight” show this afternoon (watch the clips linked here and here), he was sitting next to us taking down a slice of strawberry cheesecake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream at the original Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, just down the street from the Leno studio. We ordered the same — the attempt was to get us started on the same page, with the same fork.
We’re not a licensed psychologist, or even a trained locksmith. But we felt the key to getting inside the twisted mind of Feherty was to come up with 20 (or so) questions that probed as many different areas of the cerebral cortex as we could get in, before we got kicked out of the booth because a party of four — a mom with three screaming kids — needed a place to sit in the always crowded eatery.
We’ll serve up slices of the Q-and-A throughout the week, leading to Friday’s media’s full-on hook shot.
Tee it up, and read it with that thick Northern Irish accent in your head as the narrative continues:
== The one guest you’d want to interview for your Golf Channel show but doubt you’ll ever get?
“Bill Murray. He’s one of the most important figures in golf that people don’t realize. ‘Caddyshack,’ which is by far nowhere near his best work — and it annoys him at times that people equate him with that — but it changed a lot of people’s opinions, influenced a lot of people, about the country-club set, lampooned it, and made golf seem more accessible to Ordinary Joes. It shined a light up the kilt of the golf establishment. He was at the forefront of it and I’m not sure any of them knew the kind of long-term impact that it might have. He’s a most unusual man. He doesn’t have a cell phone. People give scripts to him leaving them at the gym and hoping he’ll pick them up. He has six boys and he looks after them himself, with no nanny. He’s a passionate and brilliant actor. ‘Lost in Translation’ is just sensational.”
== We read you’d also like to get Colin Montgomerie on. Perhaps as “Mrs. Doubtfire.” You are credited as the first to give him that nickname. True?
“I actually didn’t, but I’m all right with that. It was an English bloke called John Hawksworth. But when the press came asking, ‘What’s it like playing with Mrs. Doubtfire,’ then it was me who it was pinned to it. I’ve never used it on the air. I’ve said things like he had ‘a face like a bulldog licking piss off a medal,’ or ‘a warthog chewing the head off a wasp’.”
== Jim Nantz is …
“Exactly who you’d think he is. He’s a rock that we all hide behind in bad weather. He’s the best. A great friend.”
== Gary McCord is …
“Fundamentally not right in the head. It’s one reason we get along. He grew old, but not up.”
== This weekend at the British Open, Rory McIlroy will …
“He’ll contend. I really do think that. I interviewed him a week ago (for the “Feherty” show) and he just has the most extraordinary sense of calm about him that you usually find in people not just older, but much older. He said something really telling to me: ‘I realize at this stage in my career . . .’ I’m thinking, ‘At what age? When you were 11?’ I’m thinking, ‘Wow, it took me 52 years to figure that out.’ It’s when you start realizing you don’t have much time left, you usually start to figure that kind of thing out. He’s got that going for him. I think he’s favored. ”