The most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, met his idol – Michael Jordan – for the first time Monday night during the filming of Feherty Live, an hour-long special that will air Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Jordan and Phelps joined funnyman David Feherty for the special Ryder Cup-themed show, taped in front of a packed house at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, Ill., near Medinah Country Club, site of this week’s Ryder Cup. Wednesday’s Feherty Live also will include appearances by former Ryder Cup captains Paul Azinger, Sam Torrance and Lanny Wadkins.
David Feherty conducted a media conference call this morning to discuss last night’s Feherty Live show and the meeting between Jordan and Phelps, as well as the roster of former Ryder Cup captains that joined him. A full highlights release with quotes from last night’s show will be distributed this afternoon.
Additional topics Feherty discussed on the call:
– How he has a new found appreciation for Leno and Letterman is this talk-show style format.
– His thoughts on Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy competing this week in the Ryder Cup.
– Sizing up the European and U.S. teams competing in the Ryder Cup this week.
– At the end of the show, he pledged his allegiance to support Team U.S.A. Feherty, a former European Ryder Cup team member, explains why.
Video clip from last night’s Feherty Live – Phelps meets Jordan
The off-beat humor and compelling interviews that have become trademarks of David Feherty will be on full display during one of the most anticipated weeks on the 2012 golf calendar. The 39th Ryder Cup, a biennial golf competition, begins Friday at nearby Medinah Country Club. Golf Channel will be there all week, delivering more than 40 hours of news coverage, with NBC airing 16 live hours of Ryder Cup competition on the weekend.
Feherty Live is one of several programming highlights during Ryder Cup Week on Golf Channel, the fastest-growing network on television among those serving more than 80 million homes. War by the Shore, a film documenting the epic 1991 Ryder Cup matches between the U.S.A. and Europe, airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET; and Live From the Ryder Cup and Morning Drive will feature a combination of more than 40 live hours of news, highlights, interviews and analysis surrounding the 39 Ryder Cup matches from Medinah Country Club.
The Ryder Cup is, arguably, the most-anticipated event on the 2012 golf calendar. The competition will take place at nearby Medinah Country Club later that week, when Team USA will try to win back the Cup from its European rivals. Golf Channel will be there all week, delivering more than 40 hours of news coverage, with NBC airing 16 live hours of Ryder Cup competition on the weekend.
–NBC Sports Group-
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