Woods' agent reacts to Chamblee comments


When Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee gave Tiger Woods an ‘F’ in his evaluations of the 2013 season for Golf.com, he focused more on the multiple rules violations incurred by the world’s top-ranked player than the five trophies he raised.

Those comments, and the insinuation that Woods had cheated during a season in which he took home the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, drew the ire of Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management, Mark Steinberg.

“There’s nothing you can call a golfer worse than a cheater,” noted Steinberg in sternly worded comments to ESPN.com. “This is the most deplorable thing I have seen.”

Steinberg also indicated that Woods’ camp may take further action in response to the comments, which he termed “atrocious,” according to the report.

“There are certainly things that just don’t go without response,” said Steinberg. “I’m not sure if there isn’t legal action to be taken. I have to give some thought to legal action.”

In evaluating Woods’ 2013 campaign, Chamblee focused on Woods’ various rules infractions, including two-stroke penalties incurred at the Abu Dhabi Championship, BMW Championship and the Masters.

“He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy,” Chamblee wrote. “And … how shall we say this … was a little cavalier with the rules.”

Steinberg insisted that, though Woods received multiple penalties, he did not cheat.

“In his rulings, Tiger voiced his position, accepted his penalty and moved on,” he added. “There was no intention to deceive anyone.”