Tiger Woods responds to flap with analyst, says next move up to Golf Channel

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:10 PM
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HAIKOU, China — Tiger Woods issued a veiled challenge to Golf Channel over a column written by analyst Brandel Chamblee that a series of rules violations by Woods amounted to cheating.

Woods spoke publicly for the first time since Chamblee, a longtime critic of the world’s No. 1 player, wrote a column for SI Golf Plus in which he gave Woods an ‘F’ for his season for being “a little cavalier” with the rules.

Chamblee is best known for his work with Golf Channel, though he also is a contributor to SI Golf Plus. He took to Twitter last week to apologize to Woods for “this incited discourse,” though not for the content of his column.

“All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward,” Woods said before losing his exhibition match with Rory McIlroy at Mission Hills. “But then, I don’t know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that’s up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing as he didn’t really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.

“So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do.”

McIlroy shot 67 and Woods had 68.

Golf Channel has not commented on the flap. Chamblee has said he was not asked to apologize by anyone.

Chamblee saved Woods for last in his report card of 14 players in a column posted Oct. 18 on Golf.com. He told of getting caught cheating on a math test in the fourth grade, and how the teacher crossed a line through his “100” and gave him an ‘F.’

Chamblee followed that anecdote by writing, “I remember when we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and ... how shall we say this ... was a little cavalier with the rules.” He then gave Woods a “100” with a line through it, followed by the ‘F.’

In one of his tweets last week, Chamblee said he intended to point out Woods’ rules infractions, “but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.”

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, was so incensed by the column that he issued a statement to ESPN.com that raised the possibility of legal action. Steinberg shared his client’s views.

“I’m all done talking about it and it’s now in the hands of the Golf Channel,” Steinberg said. “That’s Tiger’s view and that’s mine, and all we want to do is move forward. And whether the Golf Channel moves forward as well, then we’ll have to wait and see.”

Woods accepted a two-shot penalty in Abu Dhabi for taking relief from an embedded ball in a sandy area covered with vegetation. Augusta National Golf Club gave him a two-shot penalty for taking the wrong drop in the second round of the Masters Tournament. And the PGA Tour gave him a two-shot penalty after his second round of the BMW Championship when video evidence showed that his ball moved slightly from behind the first green. Even after watching the video, Woods insisted that his ball only oscillated.

Also in question — at least on Internet blogs — was the drop Woods took on the 14th hole of the TPC Sawgrass during the final round of The Players Championship. Woods checked with playing partner Casey Wittenberg on where to take the penalty drop, which is standard procedure. Wittenberg said it was the correct spot.

Chamblee said in an email last week to The Associated Press that he never said outright that he thinks Woods cheated, and that was by design.

“I think ‘cavalier with the rules’ allows for those with a dubious opinion of the BMW video,” Chamblee said. “My teacher in the fourth grade did not have a dubious opinion of how I completed the test. But she was writing to one, and as I was writing to many, I felt it important to allow for the doubt some might have, so I chose my words accordingly.

“What people want to infer about that is up to them,” he said. “I have my opinion, they can form theirs.”

Chamblee has developed a reputation for being critical of Woods, mainly regarding his golf game. His column struck a nerve with many, however, because of the implication that three rules violations and a penalty drop involving Woods amounted to cheating — the strongest accusation possible in golf.

“What brought me here was the realization that my comments inflamed an audience on two sides of an issue,” Chamblee wrote on Twitter when he apologized. “Golf is a gentleman’s game and I’m not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse.”

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etlinks
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etlinks 10/28/13 - 12:31 pm
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oh boo hoo

If everyone doesn't bow down to Woods he gets his little feelings hurt. Big deal move on to more important issues.

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griff6035 10/28/13 - 12:32 pm
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Tiger vs Chamblee

I'am with Chamblee on this, Woods thinks he can do no wrong, kinda like Obama.

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teaparty 10/28/13 - 12:50 pm
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Chamblee is correct Tiger
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Chamblee is correct Tiger cheated. He cheated on his wife and he cheat at golf. But I still thought he had too much class to play golf with the community organizer.

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Just My Opinion 10/28/13 - 01:26 pm
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Chamblee has every right to

Chamblee has every right to his opinion. Many people share that opinion of Woods and they've voiced it...the most obvious difference is that Chamblee has a forum for it and the others don't. I guess Chamblee is being penalized for doing his job.

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jaymai 10/28/13 - 01:50 pm
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Comparing Tiger Woods to Obama...

Hmmm....what do THEY have in common? Oh but it's not a bout race, I know.

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teaparty 10/28/13 - 03:43 pm
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"Hmmm....what do THEY have in
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"Hmmm....what do THEY have in common? Oh but it's not a bout race, I know."
Tiger said on his application to Stanford that he was Asian. But 'what do THEY have in common', they both LIE AND CHEAT.

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my.voice 10/28/13 - 03:44 pm
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Tiger is a sore loser. But

Tiger is a sore loser. But OMG should anyone tarnish his good name. Please people, there's nothing to see here, move along.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/28/13 - 04:32 pm
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I worked at the Masters a few
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I worked at the Masters a few years ago as a security guard. Most of the golfers are fairly nice guys. A few are arrogant butt holes, Tiger and Nick Faldo come to mind. Tiger will walk over people if they don't move, he is even rude to other golfers. Faldo looks at the ground and won't acknowledge the fans who pays his way. Sam Snead was an arrogant BH. During his younger years Jack Nicklaus was somewhat of a BH but got better later on. Tiger has the most ill mannered fans but a large % of his fans know almost nothing about golf.

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rmwhitley 10/28/13 - 06:09 pm
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tiger
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is just an extortionist piece of cow dung. he's proven he's a cheat. Just ask his ex-wife.

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lsmith 10/28/13 - 07:30 pm
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Got no use for Tiger Woods,
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Got no use for Tiger Woods, but it's pretty plain that he has a different definition of the term "cheat".

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rugerguy 10/28/13 - 10:42 pm
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George Carlin

George said it best about Tiger in his last concert but not in a way I can relate in this forum. But his message was the sports media does not need to tell us who to worship or despise.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/29/13 - 06:32 am
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Confused

I'm confused! Is it Tiger Obama or Barack Woods?

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nocnoc 10/29/13 - 06:57 am
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Sounds like the Golf Channel

Hired a Shock Jock.

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seenitB4 10/29/13 - 08:30 am
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Oh come on guys

He is the best golfer of all time...he brings millions to the game....if I had a camera stuck in my face every second, I would be grouchy too.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/29/13 - 08:57 am
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Best Golfer?

No, Bobby Jones was and is still the best golfer of all time. Tiger may have brought millions to the game but he also brought low class into the game. Since he's been in it every Tiger Woods wanna be has gone onto a golf course in a loud and vulgar manner, held up play and generally ruined the business at several courses. The don't stick cameras in my face, but, I didn't ask for the fame that goes with being a champion. I also didn't get beat over the head with a 9 iron by my ex wife and make it public, nor did I make a specactacle of myself dating porn stars!! He's gotten exactly what he asked for!!!!!

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justthefacts 10/29/13 - 09:04 am
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Don't sugarcoat it

Tell us you really feel. IMO, you can't compare athletes from different eras on their greatness, but, as far as class goes, there is no comparison as CBBP pointed out.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/29/13 - 09:16 am
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Jealousy lol

Jealousy is such an ugly monster....haha

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/29/13 - 10:21 am
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Jealous

I'm not jealous. If you want to put yourself in a high profile position have the cahones to act responsibly and set a good example. Too many celebs are whining when things don't go their way and setting the worst examples our youth can look to. The old timers worked within the rules and didn't ask for the rules to be bent in their favor.

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itsanotherday1 10/29/13 - 10:35 am
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If character counts, TW

If character counts, TW couldn't even caddy for BJ and some of the other greats.

THAT is why he will never be the greatest golfer of all time regardless of tournaments won.

Golf is more than just striking the ball better than anyone else.

As someone else said, the attention he has brought to golf has not been all good.

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seenitB4 10/29/13 - 10:42 am
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David Parker 10/29/13 - 11:58 am
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yea, I tend to think the

yea, I tend to think the green monster prompted Brandle and the surge of haters as of late. He's achieved so much and golf is better for it. Should he apologize b/c folks don't like stuff about him that has nothing to do with golf? why not, they will anyway. He just doesn't need to sweat the small stuff like Chamblis calling him a cheater and win his next major. That'll silence alot of those haters.

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etlinks 10/29/13 - 12:30 pm
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There you go with that haterz

There you go with that haterz crap again. Brandle told the truth and Woods gets upset end of story.

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David Parker 10/29/13 - 04:11 pm
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Rahiiiight and nobody ever

Rahiiiight and nobody ever hated on Tiger. It was love love love from day one. Brandle wants to be relevant so he jabs a staub into a fire-ant bed and now you want to blame the fire-ants for biting him.

btw Brandle was the one harboring jealousy, not a hater. If Tiger gave him the time of day, Brandle would be like that little cartoon dog Chester who worships Spike on Looney Toons.

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jaymai 10/29/13 - 04:22 pm
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Thank goodness for this age

Thank goodness for this age of information technology where we can clearly hear every word Tiger says when he hits a bad shot, where we can see the most miniscule movement of a ball in high definition, where a viewer can call into a tournament and point out rules violations, as well as knowing every aspect of someone's personal life. Thank goodness we didn't have this technology back when those honorable, sinless old white gentlemen like Bobby Jones were playing. That way, we can continue to exalt them and romanticize about the "good old days" when all about golf was clean and good and wonderful. You know, before that despicable menace to society Tiger Woods came around.

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teaparty 10/29/13 - 05:09 pm
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David Parker said,
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David Parker said, "Rahiiiight and nobody ever hated on Tiger."
The reason most golfers dislike Tiger is because he is an arrogant BH which is the reason I don't like him. He is very likely one of greatest golfers ever and one of the biggest BH ever.

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teaparty 10/29/13 - 05:20 pm
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jaymai said, "You know,
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jaymai said, "You know, before that despicable menace to society Tiger Woods came around."
Tiger was put on a pedestal before the fact that he was running around on his wife with porn stars came out. It does not matter if he is black, white or Asian which he claimed on his Stanford application he is a liar and cheat.

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itsanotherday1 10/29/13 - 09:10 pm
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jaymai

TV has been around how many years? Long before TW was a gleam in his daddy's eye, TV gave us the ability to watch, read lips, and judge behavior.

His comportment is atrocious. He isn't alone in that; many in his generation as a whole have a general lack of manners; but he IS the oster boy for golf and should conduct himself accordingly. BTW, I have no use for the lilly white Jimmy Connors and that horse's butt McEnroe either, for the same reasons; so slide that race card right back into your pocket.

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