Ten-time tournament winner and longtime CBS Sports analyst David Feherty returned to the Quad Cities this week to cover the John Deere Classic– he’s never missed it.
“I’ve missed a tournament here or there [since starting as an analyst in 1997],” Feherty told nearly 700 people Wednesday at the sold-out Chairman’s Charity Dinner at the Waterfront Convention Center. “This is the only tournament I’ve never missed.”
“I consider it the fifth major,” Feherty later told News 8.
Feherty, born in Northern Ireland, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2010 and spends countless hours each year helping injured U.S. veterans (whom he refuses to call “wounded warriors”) through his Troops First Foundation.
“They’ve done so much more than most of us can imagine,” he said.
As for his favorite thing in the Quad Cities?
“Whiteys,” Feherty replied.
And what is it that makes the John Deere Classic so special?
“I just love the community and the way they support the tournament,” Feherty said. “It’s a great golf course, albeit in a small market… [The course] has a fantastic finish.”
While he’ll spend the new few days focused on covering the tournament before leaving town again, he’ll also focus on showing his daughter Erin a good time while in town– the 16-year-old is visiting the Quad Cities from their Texas home for the first time.
“Seems safer to bring her with me,” he laughed.