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Watch: Irish Golf Commentator Gets Emotional About How Tom Watson Helped Him Overcome Drug Abuse

By Conor O'Leary
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For the majority of his long career, Tom Watson has been seen as the nice guy of golf. But no story will ever emphasis this as much as David Feherty's. Most people might recognise Feherty as one of the voices from the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games, and the Irish born golf commentator is one of the sport's leading figures off the course.

Feherty was a successful pro golfer, winning ten titles over his 21 year career. However, much of his career was plagued by alcohol and drug abuse:

A typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an 'e. There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I'm like, 'Why am I alive?'


After winning the Scottish Open in 1986 at Haggs Castle in Glasgow, Feherty went on a massive bender and he only remembers waking up two days later in neighbouring Gleneagles by Led Zeppelin road manager Peter Grant. Feherty had ended up going to London and back in those two days, and still doesn't know where the Scottish Open trophy is.

Things finally turned around for Feherty in 2005, after he had made the switch to golf commenting. As detailed in the emotional video above, Tom Watson was the influence that got Feherty to seek care, and he's been sober ever since.



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Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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