ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Golf analyst David Feherty broke three ribs and punctured his lung when he was hit by a truck while riding his bicycle near his home in Dallas. He expects to be fully recovered in time for the Masters.
Feherty said Friday he was returning from his morning bicycle ride a day earlier when a truck hauling irrigation equipment pinched him into the curb and he was struck by the side mirror.
“He didn’t want to hit the car on the left, so he ran over the cyclist on the right,” Feherty said. “I don’t remember a whole lot about it. There was a lady on the scene quickly, keeping me conscious. The next thing I know, I’m at Baylor Medical Center, the only hospital in the United States that doesn’t have The Golf Channel.”
He then asked who was leading the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Feherty is regarded as golf’s most comical TV analyst, a columnist for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com, a former European tour winner and Ryder Cup player from Northern Ireland who has been working for CBS Sports since 1997.
He has taken up cycling recently, and said last year after riding along 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, “It’s actually 28 miles.” He has been injured a few dozen times riding his bike, but he described those accidents as “pilot error.”
“That’s when you hit the ground and slow down. This was flying through the air and speeding up,” he said. “It was entirely different, and not near as much fun. I was lucky I didn’t go underneath the trailer.”
Feherty said he would be hospitalized for at least a few more days, and that he had a tube sticking out of his chest.
“But it’s not as bad as it sounds,” he said.
CBS Sports covered the PGA Tour during much of the West Coast swing and does not have another telecast until the Masters.