Collected Wisdom: Golf analyst David Feherty on why he wanted to be an American

DAVID FEHERTY — The CBS and Golf Channel analyst will be in Oklahoma City Friday to serve as master of ceremonies for “Fairways for Freedom,” a golf tournament to raise money for families of Oklahoma soldiers.
by Michael Baldwin Published: September 29, 2012
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I couldn't do much for them on those morale trips so I wanted to start a foundation for them when they come home. They have our backs and always have. Since 1776 it's the military that's had our backs to assure our freedom. It's the least we could do is to have their backs when they come home, especially when they're injured.

I'm not sure if Tiger Woods will ever be back to 100 percent of the physical condition he was at the turn of the century when we saw him go on that amazing tear. But I don't think we've seen the end of that sort of golf. Remember we haven't seen him play (really well), yet he still ranks high in the world rankings. He's done it with what seems like mediocre golf. I think Tiger Woods will play well again. I predict he'll win by eight or 10 (shots) again.

Tiger Woods is not the greatest golfer who has ever lived but he's played the greatest golf that anyone has ever played. There's a difference. Jack (Nicklaus) won 18 (majors). You're only as good as those in your time. That record still stands. Jack Nicklaus is the greatest but no one has played greater golf than Tiger Woods. And Jack would be the first one to tell you that.

Bill Russell is a person I felt honored to meet. Arnold Palmer was one. Nelson Mandela was another. When I shook Bill Russell's hand I felt I was in the company of greatness. It wasn't just sports but (Bill Russell) as a human being. One thing he said to me that sticks out was some look at kindness as an act of weakness but true kindness is an act of strength. He played and showed dignity during segregation that was so admirable.

Sniper Golf is a pilot (show) I just finished for the Golf Channel where we combine the two sports, long distance shooting and golf. Playing a bunker shot with a 50 caliber rifle some of the slow motion shots are absolutely unbelievable what these guys can do... Them shooting and me trying to play golf in the middle of it, trying to make a par, it's nothing like anybody has ever seen on television.

This is a great time for golf. We're seeing a changing of the guard with these new younger faces coming up, continually contending every week, guys like Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy. Luke Donald is always there. And we still have (Phil) Mickelson, Woods and (Lee) Westwood on the other side (of 30). There are a lot of really good players.

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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