CBS Reporter Feherty: Monty Is Blocking Tabloid

Earlier today I cited several transatlantic sources in reporting that European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie has allegedly been granted an injunction by London’s high court to block embarrassing photos of him from being published by the British tabloid NEWS OF THE WORLD.

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In addition to my report, CBS golf reporter David Feherty said today on the Dan Patrick Show that Montgomerie has indeed obtained, “an injunction filed to keep this story out of the newspapers.

More Feherty on the injunction:

You can do it in the United Kingdom for a certain length of time but the chances of this remaining a secret until after the Ryder Cup I think are just zero. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s not very good.

The 2010 Ryder Cup is being held from Oct. 1-3 in the United Kingdom - at Celtic Manor Resort on the outskirts of Newport in South Wales.

The full transcription of the interview and audio of Patrick and Feherty on Montgomerie’s situation is below.

Dan Patrick:I’m hearing there’s a story in the News of the World and it has to do with a prominent golfer. Have you heard anything about the player filing an injunction against the newspaper to keep the story out of the press?

David Feherty: “There’s all kinds of stuff swirling about this. It’s a Colin Montgomerie story and no one seems to know what it’s about but apparently there’s been an injunction filed to keep this story out of the newspapers for how long you can do that I don’t know.

Dan Patrick: “Are there pictures? … he got divorced, right?

David Feherty: “He got divorced and then remarried and then there was something about another woman that I really paid very little attention to in newspapers on either side of the Atlantic.

Dan Patrick: “But the timing of this … with the Ryder Cup and he’s the Ryder Cup Captain?

David Feherty: “Oh, yeah.

Dan Patrick: “Yeah, that’s the big issue. You can file an injunction to keep a story (out of the press), you can do that in Europe, right?

David Feherty: “You can do it in the United Kingdom for a certain length of time but the chances of this remaining a secret until after the Ryder Cup I think are just zero. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s not very good.”

Dan Patrick: “It’ll break here in the United States, wouldn’t you think?

David Feherty: “I would think.

Dan Patrick: “Oh man…

David Feherty: “Really.

Dan Patrick: “It’s a bizarre story and you’re trying to separate fact from fiction but I’d heard about the injunction filed against the newspaper to keep it out of the media but that won’t stop it here.”

David Feherty: “Yeah, good luck with that one.

After Feherty departed the show, Dan Patrick Show Producer Paul Pabst said to Patrick: “So he’s (Montgomerie) being accused of something and he’s trying to keep it out of the press.

Dan Patrick: “Yeah, I guess pictures … some bizarre allegations against Monty. And then you have the Ryder Cup coming up and you can keep that out of the press maybe over there legally but these things have a way of finding their way to the internet.

Though I have absolutely no doubt about the veracity of Feherty’s remarks on Monty’s latest kerfuffle, this is the same reporter who is generally given credit for the “Mrs. Doubtfire” nickname Montgomerie has been saddled with for decades.

Here’s a first person account from Montgomerie about his rocky relationship with Feherty in the LONDON TELEGRAPH in 2002 - per esteemed golf blogger Geoff Shackelford:

Years ago, David Feherty did me no favours when he christened me Mrs Doubtfire. David is a friend and a gifted commentator, but I hated the name and could not disguise that fact. Everywhere I went there would be a couple of people who would yell, “Hey, Mrs Doubtfire!” from behind the ropes, perpetuating the label and making my blood boil.

I complained to David’s face at the end of the Brookline match because the goings-on of that day had revived the feeling that many of my problems in the States were down to him. The match was not long over when he and I bumped into each other in the team room.

Though a former Ryder Cup player, he should not have been in there in the first place and, though I am not usually one to bother about such things, I said that either he would need to leave or I would. When he took no notice, Eimear and I left. David followed and asked: “What’s the problem?”

“What’s the problem?” I repeated incredulously. I suggested that he should sit down in order that I could spell it out.

Eimear and I both proceeded to give him a piece of our minds, with both of us wanting to know why he should have made so much trouble for someone who had been a team-mate at the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island. He accepted what we were saying, but only up to a point.

The atmosphere between us remained less than cordial until we came face to face at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla. In one of those circumstances where someone has to say something, I spoke first. “You have got a job to do and I’ve got a job to do,” I began. “You hurt me a lot at Brookline but the time has come to put this behind us.”

We shook hands, though the indifferent grunt that came with the handshake suggested that he did not care overmuch either way.

By no means does Feherty have a monopoly on that sort of relationship with Montgomerie.

Can’t help but wonder if Monty would be facing this potential, colossal embarrassment if he’d been only slightly more cordial over the years to the press - and tour colleagues - on both sides of the pond.