David Feherty may not be covering the Masters this weekend, but he’s still got opinions on the tournament’s young guns. “Whose ceiling is the highest?” he asks. “That’s a tough one.”
In this second installment of a series of video interviews with Rolling Stone, the NBC/Golf Channel analyst, renowned raconteur and host of the Feherty show discusses the game’s rising stars – in particular, he’s high on Dustin Johnson and Jason Day in 2016 – and expresses his disappointment at how they’re breaking golf’s long-standing traditions.
“The strangest thing of all is there’s no animosity among them,” he says. “Arnold and Jack didn’t get along when they played against each other…but Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, they’re fond of each other and root for each other. ”
Equally disappointing? The stones this young set shows on the course. In fact, it’s led Feherty to lament the lack of Jean van de Veldes on tour. After all, it’s made his job much more difficult.
“Nobody chokes anymore,” he says, shaking his head. “Young people – they have no respect for elderly announcers like me who predict, ‘Well it’s his first time, he’s probably going to gag here.’ No. They’re just good.”