T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair .
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.
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."
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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