Longtime golf commentator (and one-time Ryder Cup participant) David Feherty is an open book.
He's arguably the best in the world at his craft, which included roaming fairways for 19 years at CBS before a recent move to NBC.
Along with his wit, what has made Feherty off-the-charts likable to players and fans alike is his brutal honesty.
Feherty is bipolar and a recovering alcoholic. He takes 14 pills a day -- antidepressants, mood stabilizers and amphetamines -- to manage his depression.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone's Stayton Bonner, Feherty discusses his exploits -- including the time he went on a two-day binge after winning the Scottish Open and woke up on a green 150 miles away after being poked by Led Zeppelin's road manager with no recollection of how he got there or what had happened to his trophy (still missing to this day).
The entire interview is fascinating. We know Feherty as the hilarious Northern Irishman (who became a U.S. citizen not long ago) who seemingly has a quip for everything.
This interview is about the unfunny side of Feherty.
Asked when he decided to get help and get sober, Feherty offered this:
It was two things: My wife and Tom Watson. I was doing a TV thing in Canada with Jack Nicklaus and Tom, and at one point, Tom just put his hand over the camera and said, "You're not well, are you?" and I said, "No, I'm not." I asked him how he knew, and he said, "I can see it in your eyes." And I said, "What do you see?'" and he said, "My reflection.'"
And I didn't know that Tom had a problem at that point. Very few people did. He said, "You need to come with me when we're done here." And I'm trying to back out; we're on Prince Edward Island, and Tom's [lives in] Kansas City, so I said, "How am I going to get to Kansas City?" And I hear this voice behind me say, "I have a G5!" So I'm getting heckled by Jack Nicklaus, who sent me there with his G5, and I went with Tom and he looked after me for 2 or 3 days and I've been sober ever since.
But I would emphasize it has a great deal to do with my wife, as well. When I met her I was penniless, I had lost my damn [playing] privileges in the United States, I was homeless, I had a vehicle that was all I had, because I had been through this horrifying divorce. I was just a penniless, homeless, alcoholic drug addict and she looked at me and said, "Well I can fix that."
Incredible stuff and certainly worth your time.