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Finally, at the end of the hour-long show, which featured Michael Phelps’ first meeting with his idol, Michael Jordan, as well as interviews with Torrance and former U.S. Ryder Cup captains Paul Azinger and Lanny Wadkins, Feherty announced his choice. The crowd of almost 900 people whooped and hollered, serenading Feherty with chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

Feherty said Tuesday he’s already gotten some grief from Torrance, and expects there will be more to come from his other European friends as the week goes on.

But that’s OK. He’s American, and proud of it.

“I’ll take plenty of flak for it,” he said. “But hey, Americans take flack. We take it pretty well.”