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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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The 5 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today



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.

Wingtipgolf‘s new blades from National Custom Works

Msquaredesign shows how he’d have done the badging on the new Equalizer

jt_thebreakfastball‘s custom Cody James is stamped with the names of the states where he’s lived

Golferhere1‘s pair of 009M Tour Rats

A spread of Johnstongraydesign‘s custom wares

Don’t forget to tag your photos #GolfWRX. Golf gods willing, you’ll be featured here in the future!

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Tiger Woods’ No. 1 concern heading into the Masters is the driver, confirms Notah Begay



Tiger Woods’ come-from-behind effort at the Arnold Palmer Invitational ran out of gas when Woods badly pulled a tee shot out of bounds at the par-5 16th hole during Sunday’s final round.

Woods didn’t hit the driver well all week and leaned on irons off the tee when he could. The 42-year-old was 71st in the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee, losing 3.526 strokes to the field average. Woods is 148th on Tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee this season.

Woods’ friend of over 30 years and college teammate, Notah Begay, called in to the Dan Patrick Show Monday. Begay confirmed Woods is focusing on improving his play with the big dog as the Masters nears.

“Project No. 1 over the next two weeks is going to be the driver,” Begay said.

Begay explained that anytime Woods had to turn a driver right to left with trouble on the left, he struggled.

“Off the sixth tee, off the ninth tee, there was some errant shots. And then we saw the really horrible tee shot yesterday at 16. He talked about in the post-round comments. He just didn’t commit to a shot, and the worst thing that a professional athlete can do to themselves to compromise performance is not commit.

“And so he made a terrible swing, and that’s the miss that is really difficult for him to recover from, because the majority of his misses are out to the right. So, when you eliminate one half of the golf course, you can really make your way around … a lot easier. When you have a two-way miss going, which sometimes creeps into his driver, it really makes it difficult to take out some of the trouble that you’re looking at when you’re standing on the tee box.

“So he has to focus in on trying to find some way to navigate Augusta National with the driver, because it’s a course that’s going to force you to hit driver.”

Begay also says Rory ought to the betting favorite at Augusta, pointing out that the weakest club in Tiger Woods’ bag is his driver, while the opposite is true for McIlroy.

You can watch NB3’s full talk with Patrick below.

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This new Miura documentary is must-watch stuff for equipment junkies



Last week, we told you a Miura documentary was on the horizon. Today, it’s here.

The mysterious Japanese company’s wares have had a cult following in the golf equipment space since company founder, Katsuhiro Miura, began forging and hand-grinding clubs in 1957. The three-chapter documentary short begins by looking into company history, building techniques, and Miura’s reputation globally.

“Within Japan, the name Miura, specifically the name of our founder, Katsuhiro Miura, it is a legend,” says Shinei Miura.

Such is the bold, and entirely appropriate, start to Discovering Perfection: The Miura Story, and it only gets more interesting from there.

Just 10 minutes in length, this short documentary is well worth your time. Check it out!

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