In First Television Interview Since his Diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease, Oosterhuis Shares Stories of his Professional Golf and Television Careers
“I’m accepting what is happening at the moment, hoping things might turn around. Putting trust in the Nantz organization in Houston. We’ll see what happens. Lack of memory is not nice.” – Peter Oosterhuis
“Oosty and I always have been people that do the best that we can do. And we have to go with the cards that we have been dealt.” – Peter’s wife Roothie Oosterhuis
“Peter Oosterhuis is a friend and I’m worried about him. But that worry is tinged with hope. I want Oosty to be able to remember the great moments of his life. I want you to remember them too, because he was a great player, a wonderful announcer and even better person who influenced me greatly as a youngster.” – David Feherty
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 23, 2016) –Peter Oosterhuis recorded an immaculate professional golf career with 18 worldwide victories, six consecutive Ryder Cup appearances and winning the European Order of Merit four consecutive years (1971-74). Later, he turned to broadcasting – he was a member of Golf Channel’s first live tournament telecast in 1995 – and also was a 16-year member of CBS Sports’ broadcast team, working alongside David Feherty before retiring after the 2014 PGA Championship. In May, 2015, Oosterhuis announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
On Monday’s new episode of Feherty at 9 p.m. ET, Oosterhuis sits down with Feherty in his first television interview since being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year. The wide-ranging and emotional interview, which took place at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, covers the following topics:
– His long broadcasting career with Golf Channel and CBS Sports.
– His professional golf career that included winning four consecutive European Order of Merits, and defeating the likes of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in Ryder Cup singles matches.
– His close calls in major championships (two runners-up finishes at The Open, T3 at the 1973 Masters).
– Opening up on his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the treatment he is undertaking at the Nantz National Alzheimer Center in Houston.
– A candid discussion with Oosterhuis and his wife, Roothie, on the diagnosis and the road ahead of them.
– A visit with Jim Nantz in Houston, where he and Feherty discuss their personal connection through their fathers.
– An emotional essay from Feherty addressed to his father, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Upcoming Guests this Season
Other guests joining Feherty over the next couple of weeks include 10-time LPGA Tour winner Paula Creamer (Monday, July 4) and golf’s new “Big Three,” Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy (Monday, July 11), where some of the best moments from Feherty’s interviews with each will be featured. Episode guests on Feherty scheduled for later this year include 26-time Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports personality and Olympic host Bob Costas; Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Terry Bradshaw, Cris Carter and Emmitt Smith; legendary baseball play-by-play voice Bob Uecker; Doug Collins, former first-overall pick and journeyman head coach in the NBA; and 2014 European-winning Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley.
Described as “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal and as “golf’s wisecracking, maverick interviewer” by Esquire, Feherty has made a name for himself not only through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show, but as one of the most irrepressible personalities calling golf over the past two decades. A native of Northern Ireland and a former professional golfer who claimed 10 worldwide victories and a spot on the 1991 European Ryder Cup Team, Feherty is now a proud American citizen who has risen above a history of alcoholism and addiction to become an Emmy-nominated television host, New York Times best-selling author and comedic relief for thousands of men and women in uniform.
-NBC Sports Group-