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.


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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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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.