Chamblee talks Woods, resigns from Golf magazine

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 30, 2013, 10:10 pm

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee appeared on “Golf Central” Wednesday and, for the first time on-air, addressed his assessment of Tiger Woods’ season in a column penned two weeks ago for Sports Illustrated’s golf website, Golf.com.

In the show, Chamblee noted that an insinuation of cheating against Woods “went too far” without knowing the player’s intent during his various rules gaffes this year.

“Cheating involves intent,” Chamblee said. “There’s no way that I could know with 100 percent certainty what Tiger’s intent was in any of those situations. That was my mistake.”

Chamblee also resigned from Golf magazine, and his column for the December issue of the publication will serve as his final piece.

In the original Golf.com article, Chamblee gave Woods an ‘F’ grade for his 2013 campaign, noting that while the 37-year-old won five times, he “was a little cavalier with the rules.” Chamblee went on to compare Woods’ season with an incident he experienced in grade school when a teacher caught him cheating on a test.

The rules incidents cited in the article included Woods’ penalties for illegal drops at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the Masters, a two-shot penalty for moving his ball at the BMW Championship and questions surrounding a drop during the final round of The Players Championship.


Full transcript of the 'Golf Central' interview


Chamblee noted that a recent discussion with his son helped him to better understand where his comments erred.

“He said, ‘Dad, if you’d been more diplomatic in what you wrote, perhaps people would be talking more about the issue than your assessment,’” Chamblee explained. “He’s a smart kid, and it wasn’t until after he said that that I offered my apology on Twitter.”

Chamblee’s comments last week on Twitter included an apology to Woods “for this incited discourse.”

“Golf is a gentleman’s game and I’m not proud of this debate,” Chamblee tweeted on Oct. 22. “My intention was to note Tiger’s rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.”

Though the article appeared on Golf.com, much of the response to the situation was directed at Golf Channel. Woods' agent Mark Steinberg discussed the possibility of legal action while terming Chamblee’s comments “the most deplorable thing I have seen.”

Earlier this week, Woods explained that he is “going forward” from the situation, but that “the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do.” Rory McIlroy made similar sentiments.

Chamblee took time Wednesday to clarify his roles with both Golf Channel and Golf.com moving forward.

“This column appeared at Golf.com. Nobody here at Golf Channel knew anything about it,” Chamblee said. “All of this has made me realize that there is a conflict and a confusion when you work for one company and write for another company.

“Going forward, I’m not going to be writing for Golf magazine beginning next year,” Chamblee added. “I’ll be writing exclusively for GolfChannel.com and (NBCSports.com). That way, if Tiger and his camp have an issue with something I write, they will at least be yelling at the right people.”

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.