Wednesday, April 23, 2008
If you've ever wanted to send David Feherty a question or comment, here's your chance! David is putting down his mike to answer your E-mails in his mailbag column for GOLFONLINE.

Click here to send him your best question or comment. (Note: Letters may be edited for clarity and length).

You close your book, "Somewhere in Ireland, a Village is Missing an Idiot," with a small plug about the charity contributions of the PGA Tour. I've always been a bit impressed with the charity aspect of various Tour events. I'm just a little suspicious though that it's more hype than substance. I know each event is different, but does the charity money tend to come from gate receipts, sponsors, or vendors? The Tour isn't going broke, and the purses are huge these days. Have the charities proportionally benefited as well?
-- Kevin O'Connell, Orlando, Fla.

First of all, I would like to say thank you for the countless laughs. I recently read your book "Somewhere in Ireland, a Village is Missing an Idiot," and I have to say that although many may disregard your insight for the game, I think you are a well-spoken man with great opinions. What is it like to be able to see all of the greatest courses, and can you recommend any courses to absolutely avoid?
-- Cody Powers, Gallatin, Tenn.

I love reading your columns and your commentary on TV. When you are not on TV, the coverage is very boring. My question is this: when will TV stop calling fairway woods metals? Nobody that plays the game calls them metals. Just a simple thing, but I was interested in your comments. I'm sure you could write a column about it and other language unique to golf.
-- Bob Swanson, Danville, Calif.

I laughed out loud reading about the gut-wrenching, butt cheek-clenching fear that, even for a professional athlete, can be fostered by the belief that somehow "I don't belong here" or "I'm not good enough to be The Open champion." Do you think that things might have been different for you had you worked with a sports psychologist who could have helped you with the tornado watches issued on Sundays for the areas including the western region of your mental health and the northern portion of your ability to deal rationally with your disconcerted precarious emotional situation? What's your opinion of tour players using shrinks?
-- David, Richmond, Va.

Do you prefer Guinness or Murphys?
-- Jim Lyons

Congratulations on the return to pure, self-effacing, non-abusive (with the exception of McCord), uproarious humor. Gone are the mean-spirited vitriolic attacks (again, with the exception of McCord). The June 22 mailbag was a return to the old Feherty-style magic. Now, if we can just get Tiger to set aside his ego and call 1-800-BUTCHIE, the world can get back to normal. Hell, it may even bring peace in the Middle East.
-- Mark Limbaugh, Columbia, S.C.

Enjoy your schtick, and you do have a talent.

re: Poet Heaney. Thanks for sharing: "I've no spade to follow men like them," he wrote. "Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it."

Though my last name of Feher is similar to yours, I suspect we're not related as my pen is not so "squat." I do enjoy the digging nonetheless.

But the real reason I'm writing is to share a favorite quote from Red Smith, another talented sports writer: "Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter and open a vein." I doubt most readers realize the work you must put in to seem so casually irreverent. Thanks for the effort.

-- Albert Feher

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