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October 18, 2013 - 9:08am
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It's hard to believe, but in a year where Tiger Woods won five times -- more than any other player -- and received the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee gave Woods an "F."

Brandel Chamblee, former PGA Tour winner and an analyst on Golf Channel for the last several years, is not afraid to say what’s on his mind and this week gave the golf world something to talk about by giving a failing grade to the Player of the Year.

In his latest Golf Magazine column, Chamblee gave Woods a grade of "F" for the 2013 season in which Woods was a five-time winner and the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Chamblee has been critical of Woods in the past, and has questioned the Woods/Sean Foley, player/coach relationship since it formally began at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

READ: Hunter Mahan tweet prompts response from Tim McCarver

Chamblee often wonders why Woods ever changed the swing that brought him so much success in the late 90s and early 2000s. (See video of Woods old swing here, compared to Adam Scott).

Fair question (Woods has contended it was to prevent further damaging his body). In the piece, Chamblee seems to take it one step further.

Here's what Chamblee wrote:

“When I was in the fourth grade, I cheated on a math test and when I got the paper back it had ‘100’ written at the top and just below the grade, was this quote, ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!’ It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott, and my teacher's message was clear. Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of ‘100’, but this time with a line drawn through it and beneath that an F. I never did ask my teacher how she knew I cheated and I certainly didn't protest the grade. I knew I had done the wrong thing and my teacher the right, but I never forgot the way I felt when I read that quote. 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."

After that synopsis, Chamblee gave Woods a grade of "100" and then crossed out the "100" and gave Woods an "F."

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Woods drew some high-profile penalties in 2013. Here’s a quick list:

  • An illegal free drop at the Abu Dhabi Championship early in the year, which cost Woods a two-shot penalty and, ultimately, a missed cut.
  • The questionable drop at the Masters in the second round on the 15th hole, where he ultimately took a two-shot penalty.
  • Another drop some felt was awkward on the 14th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the third round of the Players Championship (though he wasn't penalized there).
  • The two-shot penalty for a moving ball at the BMW Championship in September (Woods maintained -- even after seeing high-def video evidence -- that he believed the ball oscillated and there shouldn't have been an infraction).

The column and grade drew quick response on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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October 17, 2013 - 10:09pm
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John Kim
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Some of the art and items available from the Georgia PGA Foundation auction
As virtually all avid golfers know, golf is more than a game to be played.  It is in fact a lifestyle. It's an emotion, a passion, a spirit. For many, it determines our clothing style, where we travel, how we decorate, even where we live.
 
So when opportunities arise to augment that bond that golfers have for the game, collectively, we want to - and should - take advantage.  What we have on the wall or on the coffee table is both an outward expression of the role golf plays in our lives - and a inner validation of the time spent devoted to the game.
 
The Georgia PGA Foundation, like many of the 41 PGA sections, has created an opportunity for golfers and golf fans to add some incredible items to their golf collection. The purpose of the Foundation is to impact and enhance the lives of individuals utilizing the game of golf-- a gift for a lifetime. 
 
** Full disclosure: I serve on the board of the Georgia PGA Foundation **
 
When told that the Foundation would include an auction of golf/sports collectibles and experiences - my hopes were that there'd be at least a few items that might interest the golf community as a whole.  Now that the auction is live - I'm thrilled and surprised at the long litany of items that range from "incredible" to "gotta have."
 
My personal favorite is the framed collection of every Masters badge (starting bid is under $200) though the 4 day, 3 night package to Pinehurst is going to make someone a lifetime memory for certain (starting bid $3,000).  Items featuring such golf icons as Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus are available, as are non-golf items such as autographed NFL jerseys, art from the world of film & music, travel adventures such as an African photo safari and signed documents from the likes of Mark Twain and Orville Wright.
 
A large part of golf is collection: souvenirs, momentos, stories and most of all, memories. By adding to your collection, you are helping others get to a point where they can - and will want to - start their own golf collections. Passing on that love of golf is a very part of the fabric of the game. Doing it in a way that expresses your own passion for golf - well, it just doesn't get much better than that.
 
You can learn more about the Georgia PGA Foundation here:
 
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October 17, 2013 - 3:40pm
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Si might not be the best golfer in the world, but he at least looks the part, right? Right?

If you're a fan of "Duck Dynasty," you're going to love this. Si Robertson, Willie's uncle and Phil's brother, put together this little video where he provides some golf lessons (if you want to call them that):

Some of our favorite lines from Si in the clip include:

 

 

"You can't go out there dressed like a baffoon." -- We're assuming he meant to say "buffoon"

"Golf is a game of ediquit and rules." -- He meant "etiquette" right?

"You can have a horrible game, but as long as you do it with class, nobody's gonna give a flip." -- Can't argue with those words of wisdom

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This isn't the first foray into golf for the "Duck Dynasty" crew. Earlier in the year, some of the gang played in the Zurich Classic pro-am with arguably their biggest fan, Bubba Watson.

After the pro-am, Watson also posed for a picture with the 'Duck Dynasty' boys while Dufnering.

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Phil Mickelson had some fun during a recent commercial shoot with the folks at Callaway.

The headline pretty much says it all, folks, but here's the video evidence of the five-time major champ having some fun -- a lot of fun -- in between takes at a Callaway Golf commercial shoot this week:

We've long known that Mickelson is a ping pong master (nice touch with the golf glove in the video too), but who knew he could sling a football like that? And also take note -- he's throwing it right-handed, as he's a righty in everything but golf.

Since he probably won't be playing much competitive golf until next year, Lefty might be on the market for any NFL teams in need of a QB.

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October 17, 2013 - 12:21pm
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For the first time in three years, Jack Nicklaus will tee it up in the PNC Father-Son tournament.

Some exciting news broke today for those of us who have been longing to see the Golden Bear on the fairways again instead of in the TV booth.

For the first time in three years, Jack Nicklaus plans on playing -- with son Jack II -- in the PNC Father-Son Challenge, Dec. 12-15 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

READ: Nicklaus celebrates golden anniversary of PGA Championship win

The lone win in the Father-Son Challenge for the Nicklaus family came in 1999, when Jack teamed up with son Gary, a former PGA Tour player.

Davis Love III and his son, Dru, return to defend their title from a year ago, along with 19 other teams that include the likes of Vijay and Qass Singh; Lee and Daniel Trevino; Steve and Sam Elkington; and more.

The event is for players who have either won a major championship, or a Players Championship.

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October 17, 2013 - 10:28am
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Two weeks ago, Jordan Spieth was on the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team. This week, he took an unbelievable golf trip.

With our focus on the PGA Grand Slam of Golf this week, this bit of news regarding rising American golf star Jordan Spieth slipped through our fingers.

Pardon us if you already know this, but we couldn't let it pass without weighing in.

Annually, the two highest ranked golf courses in the U.S. are New Jersey's Pine Valley Golf Club and Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. Obviously both places are extremely exclusive. So, it's nice to know someone, or be someone -- or, better yet, to know someone AND be someone.

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That brings us to Spieth, the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

On Tuesday, the 20-year-old who just participated in his first Presidents Cup, played Pine Valley and Augusta National... in the same day!

Spieth, along with golf coach Cameron McCormick played Pine Valley first (where McCormick says Spieth shot 67), before heading south to Georgia for a tee time at Augusta National.

The two also played Augusta National again Wednesday morning.

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In case you weren't jealous enough, check out this Instagram photo Spieth snapped Tuesday evening at Augusta National:

Spieth wrote this in the message on that Instagram: "The back nine at Augusta this evening. Only group on the course. Heaven on earth."

The only group on the course? You're killing us, man!

When the trip ended and Spieth got home to Dallas, he tweeted this:

Golf trip of a lifetime? No kidding, kid!

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