David Feherty has only once asked someone for an autograph. A former European Pro Tour golfer who now covers PGA tournaments and hosts his funny, insightful talk show Feherty – currently airing its sixth season – he excels at getting guests from Larry David to Don Cheadle to Bill Clinton to open up about the game and their personal lives.
But while Feherty, 57, is used to celebrity, he can still get starstruck. In this first installment of a series of video interviews with Rolling Stone, he recounts one of those rare occasions: Seeing Keith Richards at a house party in London in the Eighties.
"He and Bill Wyman were standing on the other side of a corner from me," he says. "I've never asked anyone for an autograph but this is Keith Richards. I'm thinking, 'I've got to.'"
As usual for Feherty (a guy who once celebrated a Scottish Open win by going on a two-day bender with Led Zeppelin's road manager), the encounter went wildly off script, resulting in a takeaway even better than a signature – a curse-laden send-off from the Rolling Stones' guitarist.