It has been reported that NBC's David Feherty is set to join LIV Golf as one of their analysts/commentators.
Feherty, a native of County Down, is one of the most recognisable golf TV personalities, and is known for his humour and filterless comments.
If the reports are true, it will be a substantial signing for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, whose coverage of their tournaments so far has been criticised for blandness and over-the-top promotion of the new tour.
Feherty was a successful professional golfer in his own right, playing in the 1991 Ryder Cup, finishing tied-fourth at the 1994 Open Championship, accumulating five European Tour victories, and achieving a highest world ranking of 33.
The reports also follow last week's news that popular NBA personality and celebrity golfer, Charles Barkley, will be in talks with LIV about joining the tour as a TV personality as well.
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Interestingly, Feherty also has a charity, The Troops First Foundations, that helps US veterans. The charity is also part of the 9/11 Memorial Gold Fund.
9/11 groups of victims and family members affected by the attack have been vocal in their criticism of the Saudi involvement with LIV Golf.
One of these groups, 9/11 Justice, have recently penned a later to Donald Trump, asking him to cancel the upcoming LIV Gold tournament at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
“We simply cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s golf league to host their tournament at your golf course, and to do so in the shadows of ground zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks.
“It is incomprehensible to us that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain. We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi golf league and will agree to meet with us.”
The Feherty news comes during a week where recently crowned Open Championship winner Cameron Smith has also been strongly rumoured to be joining LIV Golf, along with the likes of former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay, Tommy Fleetwood, and Tyrell Hatton.