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David Feherty of CBS Sports Talks U.S. Open on The RE Show – 6/9/15

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DAVID FEHERTY OF CBS SPORTS
JOINING ME NOW, HOW ARE YOU,
DAVID?
>> I'M DOING FINE, RICH, THANK
YOU.
>> THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK ON
THE PROGRAM.
WHAT'S HAPPENED TO TIGER, DAVID?
>> HERE'S THE VERY GOOD
QUESTION, YOU KNOW, I WISH I
WERE MORE QUALIFIED TO ANSWER.
I FEEL ABOUT AS QUALIFIED AS I
DID WHEN HE CAME ON TOUR.
YOU KNOW, I WAS HIRED BECAUSE I
PLAYED GOLF AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL
AND I KNEW WHAT THE BEST, FROM
ANY GIVEN SITUATION, I COULD
MAKE A PREDICTION AS TO WHAT
MIGHT HAPPEN.
AND THEN I GOT TIGER WOODS, I
FELT COMPLETELY UNQUALIFIED
WHICH I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING
LIKE THAT BEFORE.
AND I THINK THAT MAYBE IT'S GOT
SOMETHING TO DO WITH HIS
IMAGINATION.
FOR MY OWN SON POINT, I'M CURSED
WITH A REALLY VIVID IMAGINATION.
AND IT WORKS BOTH WAYS.
IT DOES, WHEN YOU START TO
IMAGINE THINGS GOING WRONG, BOY,
YOU KNOW, THEY REALLY DO.
AND WHENEVER A PLAYER AND ANY
PLAYER GETS TO THAT, THAT POINT
IN HIS CAREER WHERE HIS ANXIETY
BECOMES MORE PRECIOUS TO HIM
THAN ANYTHING ELSE, WELL THEN
THIS IS THE SORT OF THING THAT
CAN HAPPEN.
YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU CAN'T LET GO
OF IT, WHEN HE WAS PLAYING AT
HIS BEST, THAT ANXIETY DIDN'T
EVEN EXIST.
YOU KNOW, HE WENT RIGHT AHEAD
AND JUST LIKE THE NIKE AD, HE
JUST DID IT.
YOU KNOW, AND I ASK YOU TO PUT
YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR, AND
YOU DO IT, THEN I ASK YOU TO TRY
TO PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE
AIR, YOU'LL DO IT.
IT'S THE SAME THING.
IT'S THE SAME THING.
BUT YOU'RE RIGHT, HE'S TRYING,
AND IT'S NOT THE SAME THING FOR
HIM BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE'S
WORRIED ABOUT THE RESULT AS
OPPOSED TO THE ACTUAL ACT OF
DOING IT.
>> AND THE ISSUE IS ALSO, DAVID,
OBVIOUSLY WHEN HE WAS FIRST
STARTING AND PLAYING LIKE THE
METEOR THAT HE WAS.
HE WAS LONGER THAN EVERYONE
ELSE.
THEY HAD TO TIGER-IZE THE COURSE
IN AUGUSTA.
NOW PLAYERS YOUNGERER HITTING IT
FURTHER THAN HIM.
EVEN IF HE HAD TO RELY ON THAT
LEGENDARY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
BRAIN OF HIS IN BETWEEN THE
TEMPLES, NOW AS YOU POINT OUT,
THAT SEEMS TO BE AT ISSUE ON TOP
OF IT.
AND HOW DO YOU FIX THAT, DAVID?
>> AND I THINK HE'S IN GOOD
SHAPE, HE'S IN FANTASTIC SHAPE,
HE'S HEALTHY, ALL HE'S GOT TO
DO, AND HE'S SO STUBBORN, AND IS
TO STRONG-WILLED THAT THERE'S A
BIG PART OF ME THAT THINKS, YOU
KNOW, ALL HE'S GOT TO FIX IS HIS
HEAD.
AND PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT
HAPPENS WHEN HE PLAYS WELL.
HE ALMOST PLAYED WELL BACK AT
THE MASTERS.
THERE WERE A FEW FLASHES THERE
OF THAT BRILLIANCE, BUT STILL
INTERSPERSED WITH THIS ERRATIC,
YOU KNOW, THE NAME THAT'S
POUNCED ON HIM.
YOU KNOW, SO I DON'T KNOW.
I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOT POSITIVE
THAT HE'S GONE, THAT'S FOR SURE.
A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEM TO BE.
IF TIGER WOODS PLAYS WELL AGAIN,
NOBODY ELSE WINS.
I WAS THERE, I SAW IT, FOR TEN
OR 12 YEARS FROM 1997, HE CAME
ON AND WON THE MASTERS BY 12 AS
A 21-YEAR-OLD.
AND UNTIL ABOUT 2008 OR 2009,
WHENEVER IT WAS, IT WAS UNLIKE
ANYTHING.
MY CHILDREN WILL NOT SEE THE
LIKE OF IT.
THEIR CHILDREN WILL LIKELY NOT
SEE ANYTHING LIKE IT IN THEIR
LIFETIMES.
PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN†-- HE WON
A U.S. OPEN BY 15 SHOTS.
THE LAST TIME ANYBODY WON A
MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE 15
SHOTS, IT WAS OLD TOM MORRIS
PLAYING WITH A BADGERS AND
STOPPED THE SEAGULLS FEATHERS.
>> AND THAT'S THE TRUTH.
>> DAVID FEHERTY OF THE GOLF
CHANNEL AND CBS SPORTS JOINING
ME HERE "THE RICH EISEN SHOW."
SO WHAT ABOUT HIS COACHING?
I MEAN, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE EVEN
SITTING HERE THINKING MAYBE
SHOULD GO BACK TO BUTCH IF HAINY
MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECONNECT.
HE'S WITH CHRIS CUOMO RIGHT NOW.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF TIGER'S
COACHING CHOICES AND CURRENT
SITUATION, DAVID?
>> YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF
GREAT COACHES OUT THERE.
I DON'T KNOW, CHRIS, I'M SURE
HE'S REALLY GOOD AT WHAT HE
DOES, BUT WHEN YOU GET TO THE
LEVEL OF MOST OF THESE GUYS, AND
JUST TAKE FOR INSTANCE, YOU
KNOW, THE NUMBER ONE PLAYER IN
THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT, RORY
McILROY HAS MICHAEL WHO WAS THE
CLUB PROFESSIONAL AT THE GOLF
CLUB I GREW UP GNAT BANGOR,
NORTHERN IRELAND.
MICHAEL DOESN'T ACTUALLY SAY
ANYTHING TO RORY McILROY, HE'S A
MIRROR.
THAT'S WHAT HE IS.
AND IT'S NOT THE PLAYERS YOU
KNOW WHERE THE CLUB SHOULD BE
THAT MAKE THE MONEY, IT'S THE
PLAYERS WHO KNOW WHERE THE
CLUBHEAD IS.
AND THAT'S THE POINT, YOU KNOW,
I DON'T GIVE ADVICE BECAUSE I'M
NOT A SWING GURU, BELIEVE ME, I
DON'T REMEMBER HOW I USED TO
SWING, BUT YOU KNOW, IF I WERE
TO SAY ANYTHING TO TIGER.
YOU'VE JUST GOT TO PAY ATTENTION
TO WHAT IS HAPPENING?
NOT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN.
YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S HOW YOU
DRAW YOURSELF BACK IN.
WHEN MICHAEL JORDAN WENT UP FOR
THE FAMOUS JUMPER, HE WASN'T
WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER HE WOULD
MISS OR MAKE IT.
HE WAS JUST PAYING ATTENTION AND
JUST ON THE ACTUAL ACTION OF
DOING IT, YOU KNOW, AND IF
YOU'RE GOING TO, YOU KNOW, ADD
THE CLUB HEAD TO THE BALL AND A
SWING, A PLUS B.
AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.
THE RESULT IS WHEN YOU START
CARING SO MUCH ABOUT WHERE THE
BALL IS GOING TO GO, THAT'S WHEN
YOU CAN'T MAKE IT GO THERE.
>> DAVID FEHERTY JOINING ME NOW.
IT'S THE U.S. OPEN WEEK NEXT
WEEK, AND YOU KNOW, HERE WE ARE
TALKING ABOUT TIGER'S STRUGGLES.
AS FAR AS NEXT WEEK'S CONCERNED,
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE POSSIBILITY
OF JORDAN SPIETH GOING BACK TO
BACK IN A MAJOR, DAVID?
>> OH, I THINK IT'S, IT'S
EXTREMELY POSSIBLE.
HAVING SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, I
THINK IT'S ALSO POSSIBLE WE
MIGHT SEE A SPIETH/McILROY KIND
OF A CLASH.
WHICH WOULD BE SO EXCITING.
THEY BOTH HAVE, HAVE THE ABILITY
TO TREMENDOUS WILL POWER, AND
THEY BOTH HAVE THAT SORT OF
INNOCENCE ALONG WITH IT, KILLER
MENTALITY AS WELL.
THEY WANT IT SO MUCH.
I FIRST SAW IT IN JORDAN AT THE
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP.
AND RORY RATHER AT THE PGA
CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE HE JUST
TURNED INTO THIS SATANIC BASTE
OVER THE LAST FEW HOLES.
WHOA, WHO IS THAT?
AND TO SEE JORDAN THE WAY HE
PLAYED AT THE MAESERS.
TO HAVE THAT SORT OF STRENGTH,
YOU KNOW, AND INTESTINAL
FORTITUDE AT THAT AGE, AND THEIR
GAMES, RORY McILROY IS THE BEST
DRIVER OF THE GOLF BALL I'VE
EVER SEEN.
AND JORDAN, ONE OF THE BEST
TECHNICAL PLAYERS I'VE EVER
SEEN, PLAYING THE COURSE
BACKWARDS, PUTTING IT IN THE
RIGHT SPOT.
SO THE U.S. OPEN, ANYONE WHO CAN
HIT IT IN THE FAIRWAY AND HAS
THAT ABILITY TO ACCEPT
PUNISHMENT WITH GRACE AS WELL
BECAUSE THE U.S. OPEN IS IN A
LOT OF WAYS THE EASIEST OF THE
FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS TO WIN.
IT BRINGS EVERYBODY DOWN TO THE
SAME LEVEL WHEN THEY THINK THE
OFF HIGH.
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE,
WHETHER YOU'RE RORY McILROY,
TIGER WOODS, OR TIGER WOODS'
DOG, YOU'VE GOT TO CHOP IT
OUTSIDE.
IN A LOT OF WAYS, THE RECOVERY
GAME DOESN'T REALLY EXIST.
IT'S A CHOP AND FLOP.
GETTING IT BACK IN PLAY, THEN,
YOU KNOW, THE TOURNAMENT STARTS
OVER AGAIN.
>> AND YOU HEARD ABOUT THE
15-YEAR-OLD COLE HAMMER
QUALIFYING FOR THE U.S. OPEN,
DAVID.
>> I DID.
>> CAN YOU IMAGINING WITH 15
YEARS OLD STANDING AT A U.S.
OPEN.
WHAT THAT MUST†-- I CAN'T
IMAGINE THE IDEA OF IT.
>> WE'RE ACTUALLY HEADING
TOWARDS A SPERM PLAYING WITH A
NON-FERTILIZED EGG.
YEAH, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE HEADING
TOWARDS.
AMAZING.
YEAH.
>> YEAH, I KNOW.
IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR THAT,
DAVID?
>> I THINK YOU HAVE TO WEAR A
DIAPER, RIDER CUP SIDE.
THERE'S YOUR IMAGINATION YOU
WERE REFERRING TO THERE.
I'VE HAD YOU ON THREE TIMES NOW,
AND I LOVE HAVING YOU ON,
THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 10:00 P.M., I
TOLD YOUR PRODUCERS WHEN I MET
THEM AT THE SUPER BOWL.
IT'S SUCH A GREAT SHOW.
YOU'RE GREAT AT IT, AND YOUR
PRODUCERS PUT YOU IN A SPOT THAT
TAKES YOUR PERSONALITY AND IT
SHOWS UP ON THE SCREEN.
I LOVE IT, DAVID.
>> YOU'RE VERY KIND.
I LOVE PEOPLE WITH NO STANDARDS,
RICH, YOU KNOW ME.
>> I GUESS THAT'S THE EMMY
VOTERS TOO, YOU'VE BEEN
NOMINATED FOR IT, DAVID.
>> OH DEAR.
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.
BOB COSTAS WINS IT EVERY TIME.
NOBODY CAN BEAT BOB.
>> HE'S UNBEATABLE.
DAVID, THANK YOU FOR CALLING IN,
I APPRECIATE IT, WE'LL CHAT DOWN
THE LINE.
>> ANY TIME, THANKS RICH.
>> CBS SPORTS ABOUT GOLF
CHANNEL.