Brandel Chamblee apologizes to Tiger Woods for controversial column
Brandel Chamblee apologized to Tiger Woods on Tuesday, several days after writing a highly controversial column in which he criticized Woods for rules infractions and equated those infractions with an incident in which Chamblee cheated on a test in school.
Brandel Chamblee has been, to put it lightly, the talk of the golf world for the last week or so, since he wrote a highly controversial column about Tiger Woods posted on Golf.com. On Tuesday, he apologized.
In a series of Twitter posts, Chamblee said, ''I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse,'' and that ''I was not asked to apologize.'' He also said his ''intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.''
In the original column, Chamblee gave Woods an ''F'' grade for his 2013 season, in part for what he called being ''a little cavalier with the rules.'' He never explicitly called Woods a cheater, but seemingly equated Woods' brushes with the rules with the time Chamblee was busted for cheating on a test in school.
Chamblee, a prominent analyst on the Golf Channel, had steadfastly defended the column in the days since it sparked a wildfire in the golf community, and on Tuesday, Associated Press Golf Writer Doug Ferguson filed a story in which Chamblee stood by his work.
And then a few hours later, he apologized.
There was no immediate comment from Woods or his agent, Mark Steinberg, or from the Golf Channel or Golf.com.
After the column was originally posted, Steinberg told ESPN.com that he would ''have to give some thought to legal action,'' though there is no indication that any moves toward legal action were actually undertaken.