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Brandel Chamblee admits he was wrong about Tiger. But who wasn’t?



In this week’s sign that the golf apocalypse is upon us: Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee not only admitted he was wrong generally, but specifically with respect to Tiger Woods.

Chamblee has made his bones as a critic of Tiger Woods since at least his infamous 2013 “season grades” of 2013 in which he awarded Woods an “F” for his “cavalier” attitude toward the rules.

Since that point, Chamblee/Golf Channel saw the wisdom of contrarianism and critical takes regarding Mr. Woods.

Cataloguing Chamblee’s criticism–from Woods’ “self-mutilation” of his golf swing to his supposed mental frailty–is beside the point, however. At issue is the analyst’s expectations for Woods play in his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, which Woods decidedly exceeded.

“I was wrong,” Chamblee said on air. “I didn’t think he’d come back with this much speed. I didn’t think his swing would be this good. I didn’t think he’d look this good. I didn’t think his irons would be this good.”

Cheers to Brandel for admitting it. And rather than piling on, let’s reflect on what our own expectations were for the 14-time major winner. Who of us saw four pain-free days of play? Who among us saw 180 mph ball speed, roasted 260-yard 2-irons, moonshot fairway woods, precise shot-shaping on approach shots, and flighted wedges?

While Woods’ short game was, on the whole, suspect, and he did fire a few foul balls of the tee, only the most outrageously optimistic among us saw three sub-70 rounds and the type of golf Woods played in our crystal balls.

To varying degrees, most of us were wrong about Tiger Woods, and thank goodness for that.


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  1. Mihaly

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Tiger has one very real and powerful ally…History. he still has the best record BY FAR of any tour professional on the books at the moment. As long as he can re-engage his expertise and his back and knee and ankle don’t fail him, he has at least ten years of good playing time to do what needs to be done. If he can win Five Majors, he beats Jack’s all-time Majors record and he beats Snead’s all-time Win record…Five wins…ten years. I would not want to say ‘he can’t do it’. For those of you that think being 42 is old…you obviously haven’t hit 40 yet. 40 is still very young.So is 50 these days.

  2. Gautama

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    “Rather than piling on, let’s reflect on what our own expectations were for the 14-time major winner.”

    Pile on I say. Chamblee is unwatchable without a dose of Zofran to settle tue stomach. And one rational comment doesn’t represent a comeback. I say his broadcasting game is fundamentally unsound, and his obsession with self destruction is in his DNA. Plus, all that time spent in front of the mirror perfecting his poofy coif and smug demeanor has consequences. Throughout history, the statistics show us that once a bad commentator always a bad commentator. And lol, I don’t need to be a good commentator to be able to speak with authority on what one is…just look at a Bitch Harmon!

    (Think I missed a few Chamblism’s there, but it’s a start)

  3. moses

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Tiger has a long history of putting his naysayers in their place.
    Colin Montgomery
    Nick Faldo

    I really think he is going to win a major next year (if he stays healthy).

    And honestly I was expecting ball speeds in the 160s. 180 is above and beyond what most were expecting.

  4. aaa

    Dec 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    ME. I was never wrong. I knew he would come back, to a certain degree. After all, he’s who he is, it’s always been in there, he’s got all those records and trophies. His body needed to fixed, as well as his mind. Now it’s a race against time. But he’s still a horrible clueless skirt-chasing loser human, that will never change.

    • Skip

      Dec 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      To be fair, I don’t think he had to chase any of those skirts. When you’re worth $1B, the skirts come to you lol.

  5. Amos John

    Dec 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Mr. Chamblee should keep in mind that observing greatness does not transfer greatness.

  6. Toby

    Dec 4, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Woah, easy now – Tiger shoots -8 and everyone goes bonkers. The winner clocks -18. Nice debut, but not exactly frightening. Let’s see what happens when the field is bigger than fifty and the tournament looks less like an exhibition.

    • mb

      Dec 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm


      You take off 21 months and let’s see what you would shoot.

  7. the dude

    Dec 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    all hail BC!…..he’s the best and is needed @ GC

  8. Andrew

    Dec 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Wait until the Farmers and revisit the question. Bonehead move by Brandel. What’s new?

    • Al

      Dec 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      One tournament does not necessarily signify a new career.

      • Andrew

        Dec 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm

        Thank you, Captain Obvious. You apparently missed the point of the statement. It’s the first real tournament/real field of the year for Tiger.

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?



According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…



Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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