This hour-long special hosted by David Feherty will air on the eve of his first July 4 as an American citizen. During the special (July 3, CBS, 2 p.m.), Feherty will show you his pathway to American citizenship. The show features interviews with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, No. 1 NFL draft pick Sam Bradford, Charles Kelley from the chart topping band Lady Antebellum and Anthony Kim.
The show weaves golf, humor and poignancy into an hour-long look at the journeys of five Americans.
A former native of Belfast, Ireland, citizen of the United Kingdom and European Ryder Cup team member, Feherty had long thought of becoming a U.S. citizen. It was a visit to Baghdad two years ago that was his inspiration to make it a reality. During the visit he flashed back to his childhood in Belfast where bombings and barricades were part of daily life. In Baghdad, he saw restraint and compassion in the U.S. forces. "I wanted to be able to call them my soldiers, my pilots, my sailors," he said at the time of his naturalization. "I have the benefit of living in this country and it is maintained by them... Thomas Jefferson said we need soldiers and teachers, and it is as true now as it was then."
Today, Feherty hosts six veterans' outings a year. These days include cycling, hunting and golf, and they help those who have been wounded get active again. He's presented at the annual USO National Gala and raised funds for the Troops First Foundation. Several wounded soldiers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Brooke Army Medical Center attended his naturalization ceremony, which took place on Feb. 23, 2010.
The show will include photos from Feherty's experiences in Iraq and will feature his ongoing state-side efforts with Veterans. Also featured in the show:
- One of the hottest stars on the PGA Tour, Anthony Kim recounts his decision to choose golf over gangs. In their shared hometown of Dallas, Kim and Feherty discuss Kim's experience on the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team, which beat Europe for the first American Ryder Cup victory since 1999.
- From the golf course at Stanford, Condoleezza Rice offers a rare glimpse into her personal life. The pair discuss how Rice's childhood in Montgomery, Ala., helped launch her storied political career and the passions she's now focused on, including her academic duties and love of piano, opera and sports. Feherty even offers Rice some swing tips.
- During a tour stop in Albuquerque, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly's discusses his decision to move to Nashville to pursue a solo career, and the serendipitous meeting with bandmate Hillary Scott, who was twice rejected by American Idol. While caddying for Kelley on The Championship Course at the University of New Mexico, Feherty and the lead singer discuss his band's string of hits.
- At the St. Louis Rams training facility and the Bellerive County Club, which held the 1965 US Open, No. 1 NFL draft pick quarterback Sam Bradford proves to be a phenomenal golfer and opens up about facing expectations at every level of his career, from the playgrounds of Oklahoma City to the Rams. He tells Feherty how he's coping with the biggest expectations he's yet to face as the league's most watched rookie.
The national broadcast event, which will air directly before the third round of the AT&T National, is the first TV special from the SI GOLF GROUP, which publishes GOLF MAGAZINE, SI GOLF PLUS and GOLF.com. GOLF MAGAZINE PRESENTS DAVID FEHERTY'S AMERICAN JOURNEY was produced by the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GROUP and Holden Production Group. The broadcast is sponsored by AT&T and Jeep.