Brandel Chamblee - May 25, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 25, 2012, 12:23 pm

When asked about Graeme McDowell’s penalty during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, Chamblee said that it is difficult sometimes when you are in that position to know what decision to make. He does not hold the player responsible in cases like this. The camera in many cases is what catches the penalty and then the player gets blamed for the penalty.

When you play well, you are under more scrutiny but that is what comes with the territory of being successful. Those players are paid very well for their success and the penalties for mistakes are much higher for them. Whenever there is doubt, players should appear to rules officials as it is their job to help the players compete according to the rules. The rules are incredibly complicated and there are even times when rules officials have to consult with other rules officials because not even they are always sure about every little rule in golf.

The first time he ever played golf, he went with his father and brother. During that round, his father was telling him to do a lot of things based on rules and etiquette and he can understand how a young kid might decide to do something else when he or she realizes how many rules are involved with the game of golf.

The Humana Challenge has been named the event of the year by Sports Business Journal not just in golf, but in all of sports. Former President Bill Clinton seems to have the golden touch when he involves himself with something and the fact is that golf is a sport that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Clinton has the ability to bring big names like Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson and their involvement certainly brought more attention to the event.

When he saw David Drysdale’s ball bounce out of the water at 18 in the BMW PGA Championship, he wondered if he had ever gotten a break like that during his entire career as a professional golfer. He could see how Jamie Lovemark’s break in the 2009 Frys.com Open in Scottsdale could happen because the floor of that lake is concrete and he doubts that that is the case at Wentworth.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.


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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Web.com Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.


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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Web.com Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour:

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Army vets get sneak peek at Callaway's new wedges

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 5:23 pm

ATLANTA – Callaway Golf unveiled a new set of wedges to consumers on Friday, but U.S. Army veterans Kyle Butcher and Billy Paul were treated to an early peak on Wednesday at the Tour Championship.

Butcher and Paul were chosen to participate in a club fitting at East Lake that included three of Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges. The new wedges feature the company’s tactical package with a PVD finish, tour issued shafts and Groove-in-Groove technology. It was the company’s 13th “warrior fitting” this year.


Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher checking out Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher (M) checking out Callaway's new Mack Daddy 4 wedges


The limited edition wedges became available at retail on Friday ($179.99) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birdies for the Brave. The company also made a $50,000 donation to Birdies for the Brave’s Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Part of the company’s push to honor American military members also includes 15 percent discounts on purchases by all veterans.