Australian Native Discusses His Troubled Childhood; How He Almost Quit Golf; His Rise to the Top; and the Importance He Places on Family
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Poised to become one of the most emotion-evoking episodes in the six season history of the series, current No. 2 player in the world and native Australian Jason Day will join David Feherty for a new episode of Feherty that will premiere on Monday, March 28 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Shot in Palm Springs, Calif., the 28-year-old major champion opens up about the unique path he has taken to the top of the game (ascending to the No. 1 player in the world last fall), touching upon:
- His troubling childhood, and learning to cope with his “abusive drunk” father – Alvin – who first introduced the younger Day to golf at age 3, and who later would motivate him on the golf course through fear of physical and verbal abuse.
- Turning to anger and alcohol at age 11, and soon after, at the wishes of his father following his death, enrolling in a prestigious golf academy where he would meet Colin Swatton. In addition to his current role as Day’s caddie, Swatton became a true father figure and a trusted confidant to Day.
- What led to his decision to almost quit golf prior to his first Masters appearance in 2010
- The priority he places on family, as a husband to his wife Ellie and a father to his children Dash and Lucy.
Record viewership for Season Six of Feherty
Season six of Feherty got off to a hot start with the two-part season premiere featuring World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. The premiere of Part I drew 325,000 avg. viewers per minute on a Live+Same Day basis, and the Part II premiere saw 351,000 avg. viewers, becoming the second and third most-watched Feherty premieres in the history of the series (2011-’16, trailing only the series premiere with guest Lee Trevino coming off U.S. Open week in 2011 – 368,000 avg. viewers).
Upcoming Guests on Feherty
Other guests scheduled to join Feherty in 2016 include Pro Football Hall of Famers, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Cris Carter; Emmy-winning NBC Sports personality Bob Costas; long-time golf analyst Peter Oosterhuis, who in 2015 announced his ongoing battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s; six-time Solheim Cup participant and women’s major champion golfer Paula Creamer; legendary play-by-play voice and “Mr. Baseball,” Bob Uecker; and former NBA all-star and head coach Doug Collins.