Popular NBC Sports golf analyst David Feherty is taking his microphone to the LIV Golf Series, according to a New York Post report.
The Post’s report indicated Feherty will work 8-10 events on the fledgling LIV circuit. Neither NBC nor Feherty responded to requests for comment Monday.
With his distinctive brogue and wry humor, Feherty — a former pro who amassed five victories on the European Tour — became a favorite sparring partner of Tiger Woods, eventually becoming the voice of the 15-time major champion’s massively successful video game series. He later made a seamless transition as a talk show host, interviewing the likes of Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Annika Sorenstam, Charles Barkley and four U.S. presidents on his Emmy-nominated show “Feherty.”
The 63-year-old, who began his career as an on-course analyst with CBS Sports in 1996 before jumping to NBC and the Golf Channel, was hand-picked to host the World Golf Hall of Fame induction headlined by Woods in March. He now finds himself on the opposite side of pro golf’s increasingly petty arms race.
“I think we were just thrown into it at the same time,” Feherty told Golf Digest at the time. “He turned pro, I became a broadcaster and there was a familiarity there. He could trust me.”
At present, the LIV Golf broadcast booth is fronted by Arlo White, the longtime soccer play-by-play man. Barkley, another irreverent jock-turned-commentator, recently confirmed he’s engaged in talks to fill an unspecified on-air role with LIV.
“They called me and asked me ‘Would I meet with them?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’” Barkley said. “Nothing that’s imminent, I actually don’t know everything they want from me, or what they technically want me to do, but you’ve got to always look at every opportunity that’s available. So the answer to your question is, 100 percent yes, I’m going to meet with LIV.”