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Brandel Chamblee is really going to try to qualify for the Senior Open. Does he have a chance?



Could we be treated to the ultimate in Brandel Chamblee? A Being John Malkovich-type situation in which Chamblee analyzes Chamblee’s performance in a tournament?

We’re a step closer to that situation, as Chamblee doubled down on his pledge to try his hand at qualifying for the Senior Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Chamblee told Golf Channel’s Will Gray that he’ll compete in the 18-hole qualifier, July 23.

“My game’s pretty good. When I’ve played, I’ve played some really good golf,” Chamblee said. “I’m looking forward to it for a lot of different reasons. I want to try to get back into competitive golf, and I would love to have another week at St. Andrews.”

He’s going to take a lap around the Old Course next week with his wife, “Morning Drive” host Bailey Mosier.

Mosier, it turns out, might be Chamblee’s looper.

“It’s kind of up to her, really. But if she really wants to caddie, she can certainly do it,” Chamblee said. “But just imagine the winds blowing 30 mph, imagine it raining, imagine it being cold. You’ve got rain suits and umbrellas and towels, you know, and it’s really not that much fun.”

The Golf Channel analyst missed the cut at the Open at St. Andrews in 1995. What do you think the odds are he does so again, should he qualify? Let us know!

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  1. Mike Garcia

    Jul 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    He will never qualify. He drops his head way too much on the downswing.

  2. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    He just wants to go to Scotland so he can blow another goat.

  3. Chisag

    Jul 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I hope Chamblee, the dotted son of Thurston Howell III qualifies so he can miss the cut by a wide margin.

  4. Dave r

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    And now we know the rest of the story.

  5. James T

    Jul 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    More power to him. Golf Channel should get Tiger Woods to analyze his performance.

  6. ChipNRun

    Jul 4, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I guess we’ll know for sure in 19 days…

  7. JThunder

    Jul 4, 2018 at 1:20 am

    I can think of a dozen or more tour players who should be called up to “analyze” Brandel’s play, should he make it past Q.

  8. Jamie

    Jul 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    He better qualify or a credibility issue will come to the forefront that not even Golf Channel can hide.

    • James T

      Jul 5, 2018 at 9:16 am

      The fact is he’s better than roughly 99.8% of all golfers. And can probably outscore any of his fellow hosts on the Golf Channel. I’d still give him credit as being an expert. Even though he’s cringe-worthy at times.

  9. Phil D. Snuts

    Jul 3, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I’ll be rooting for him for the simple fact I wanna see bailey mosier hold a wood.

  10. carl

    Jul 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Wasnt he 2nd to last in 1995?

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon



Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form



Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.


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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations



Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.


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