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Feherty shares lead with McCarron at Fred Couples Invitational

David Feherty does television commentary on golf for CBS Sports and spends time with his wife and five children. He says he's barely played golf this year.

But on Monday, he fired a 6-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott McCarron at the $595,000 Fred Couples Invitational.

With seven birdies and just one bogey, Feherty had the lead all to himself before McCarron finished strong with four birdies and an eagle on the last six holes of the 7,024-yard, par-72 course at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman were two back at 68. Tournament host Couples shot a 69 to join Nolan Henke, Hal Sutton and Mike Hulbert at three off the pace.

But it was Feherty, the amiable 40-year-old from Northern Ireland, who stole the show on the first day of the two-day event.

"I don't have any explanation for today," Feherty said. ``If I played 10 rounds of golf this year I'd be surprised. I think I was abducted by aliens last night and replaced with a superior human being."

Feherty, who has been announcing for CBS for three years and also writes a column for Golf Magazine, has played in three of the four previous Couples tournaments that benefit local charities.

Feherty won 10 tournaments in his career before going behind the camera. He was a member of the 1991 European Ryder Cup team.

The winner of the tournament, which ends Tuesday, earns $160,000.

 

AP