Former professional golfer and Golf Channel analyst David Feherty has long been open about his struggles with alcohol and addiction.
In a recent interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel, which is set to air on Tuesday night, Feherty revealed that he suffered a relapse after 10 years of sobriety.
Feherty, who is once again sober, admitted to Gumbel that he started drinking again after the death of his son, Shey — who died of an overdose on his 29th birthday in 2017.
“I was at a friend’s ranch,” Feherty told Gumbel. “I had gone up there to be by myself, and I thought, ‘You know what, I’ve been sober for 10 years. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of being sober. I want to feel better.’
“I convinced myself that it would make me feel better. Before I knew it, it had me under control.”
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In an emotional feature with GolfDigest last year, Feherty went into detail about his relationship with Shey — including his struggles to cut him off when he asked for money, which, Feherty assumed, was probably being used to buy drugs.
“He was lost in so many ways,” Feherty told GolfDigest in 2018. “Reminded me a lot of me, which is just one of the reasons I can’t help but feel devastated and guilty about what happened to him.”
Feherty, who currently covers tournaments for NBC, hosts the show “Feherty” weekly on Golf Channel and is performing stand-up comedy, told Gumbel that he thinks of his son every day, and that he still feels guilty.
“I apologize to him every day,” Feherty said.
“Why apologize?” Gumbel asked.
“I’m sorry, son. I wasn’t there,” Feherty said. “I mean I just wasn’t there. I was always gone. Times that I was drunk. Times that I was high. That could’ve been times that I would have spent with him.”
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