After experiencing a lot of his career milestones firsthand, David Feherty will join Tiger Woods for another Strat party.
The organization announced Tuesday that the longtime golf broadcaster will host the World Golf Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony next month, officially helping to induct Woods, Susie Maxwell Burning, Tim Finchim and Marion Hollins with a gold jacket.
The party, which will take place on March 9 on the eve of The Players Championship, is like the “little cherry on top” of his long radio career.
It’s a really cool thing to do,” Verti told Yahoo Sports. “It has been an incredible journey during the past 25 years of being with him on the golf course, on and off. It is a great honor to be present in the age of Tiger Woods.”
Verti has been with Woods from the start, jumping right into broadcasting when Woods first became professional in 1996. He has worked with both CBS Sports and The Golf Channel ever since, often walking alongside Woods’ group during tournaments. .
Verti said that even from the start, Woods was making him look an idiot on air.
“It was just a thrill, but at the same time it made me feel stupid so many times because he did things that you weren’t supposed to be able to do,” Verti said. “I played at the highest level and played with all the great players of my generation. I knew what any player could do in any given situation…Sometimes I just looked like an idiot.”
Woods’ induction into the Hall of Fame shouldn’t surprise anyone. The 82-time Tour winner has 15 major championships to his name, and is probably the best golfer ever to compete at this level.
While the induction comes sooner than many expected – the Hall of Fame recently lowered age requirements from 50 to 45, allowing the now 45-year-old Woods in – it was eventually going to happen. However, Verti said that next month’s moment should be among the best for Woods of his career.
He said, “The tiger was an imposed result.” “I still think it means a lot to him. He still loves to wear a jacket.”
‘St. Andrews this year is in his right alley’
Woods has yet to return to the Tour after his car crash in Southern California last year, which nearly cost him his right leg.
He plans to play again at some point, but isn’t sure where – and certainly wouldn’t do so on a full-time basis. He still struggles to walk, and doing so for an entire competition week isn’t physically possible yet.
While, he doesn’t have a timeline for any comeback, Verti believes Woods will be able to make a comeback sometime this summer.
He said the British Open seemed to play a part in Woods’ hands.
“I see him win again on tour, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he gets there in a major. St Andrews this year is right up his alley,” Verti said. It looked great in [PNC Championship]I know Augusta is a tough run, but he’s in incredible shape.”
Verti on the Saudi League: You can’t blame them for thinking about it
After that, it is unclear how much of the future the Greg Norman-backed project actually has.
Almost. There are no specific plans. No one seems to know, at least in public, the league’s standing.
While he knows it’s definitely a possibility, Verti said he doesn’t know how far this project could actually go. However, he sees something positive coming out of it.
“I don’t really know how serious they are about it, but having seen them work before in Dubai and played there too, I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened,” Verti said.
“The only good thing about it is that there is competition. It forces anyone on the other side of that competition to do a better job, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the PGA Tour increase their prize money. It might be a good thing, but it’s definitely a problem for the PGA Tour at the moment. “.
Although the league now appears to be dead in the water, Faherty understands why it is at least attractive to the younger players on the tour.
It is said to offer players more money for fewer events without any discounts, after all.
“These kids deserve everything they get,” Verti said. “It’s hard to make a living playing golf, there’s no guarantee. You take your own money and try to turn it into more. They are independent contractors. If someone shows up with a lot of money and has somewhere else to play, you can’t blame them for thinking about it.”
If he was still playing and more money was available, Verti would consider that as well.
“I’ll be there in a heartbeat,” he said. “Not all Irish are stupid.”