Everyone has an opinion on what’s wrong with Tiger Woods, but David Feherty just feels sorry for the 14-time major winner.
In an interview with AL.com, the on-course analyst for Golf Channel and CBS said he believes the media has failed to give Woods any type of privacy or respect.
“For the last 18 years he has had a camera meet him in the parking lot and follow him to the parking lot when he’s done,” Feherty said. “It’s a great shame. Even this last episode when he was so bummed and deflated, and for the first time he gave the impression he felt like a basket case, we still followed him to his car and watched him struggle to get his shoes off and drive away.
“I mean, really? Enough. I never thought I’d feel sorry for him, but I do.”
Woods has not played a full tournament in 2015 after missing the cut at the Phoenix Open and withdrawing in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
“I’ve been there for 50 or 60 of his tournament wins,” Feherty said. “When he plays well, no one else wins. If he comes back durable and gets his head around all the problems he’s got, I think he’s got a lot left in him.”
“I think Seal Team 6 should be called in, it’s the only thing they haven’t (done),” Feherty said. “They just have to play better. We’ve got a group of youngsters that grew up with Tiger Woods having set the bar. Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Speith and a bunch of others. I would expect them to be a lot more competitive in the Ryder Cup in the coming years.”
With his contracts at Golf Channel and CBS Sports up at the end of this year, Feherty said he wants to stay with the networks, but doesn’t know for certain what’s in store for next year.
“Absolutely, I enjoy doing it,” Feherty said. “I’m constantly surprised. Can you believe I get paid for this s–t?”