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Brandel Chamblee says Tiger Woods may be the biggest underachiever in golf history. Could he possibly be right?



Brandel Chamblee would certainly say he’s done nothing more than offer his honest, reasoned opinions on Tiger Woods throughout his career.

The Golf Channel analysts’s detractors, however, feel Chamblee has an anti-Woods bias at best and makes incendiary remarks that he knows aren’t true for attention, at worst.

The most recent example of Chamblee telling his truth regarding Woods came on the Golf Digest podcast.

“I would argue he got the least out of his talent of any player, maybe in history,” Chamblee said. “What other player would you have imagined was going to win 30 major championships? Twenty-five, 30 major championships and 100-plus events? There’s no other player that any of us would ever have imagined — I think he was better than any of us ever imagined. But once he got going, we thought, well . . . he’s going to be Genghis Khan to the record books.”

Blasphemy! Lunacy! Clickbait take in the extreme! Right? Or does Chamblee have a point?

Certainly, Woods’ three swing overhauls cost him wins and likely major championships. But how many? And certainly, too, Woods’ injuries and the fallout from his infidelity scandal cost him wins. But how many?

Arnold Palmer famously said Woods would win as many majors as Palmer and Jack Nicklaus combined (25). Woods is 11 short of that number. Has there been another golfer in history whose total number of major wins is >10 short of what was expected? Is Brandel right?

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members.

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  1. Geoffrey Holland

    Aug 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Brandel Chamblee is a giant idiot.

  2. Klaus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 2:17 am

    If Jacks playing against today’s field of players he wins 9 majors tops. And that’s just Major’s – Tigers second only to Snead in tour wins (6 more than Jack).

    Brandlee’s an idiot.

    • Membrane

      Aug 10, 2018 at 2:49 am

      And if Eldrick was playing against today’s field of players he wins 7. And that’s just majors – Eldrick will have won half as many regular Tour events against these guys.

    • OleMan

      Aug 13, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Tiger is a has been! The networks are wasting good TV time showing this guy hitting shots! Almost has NEVER BEEN GOOD ENOUGH!

      • RJ

        Aug 13, 2018 at 8:06 pm

        @Oleman -14 in a major “is a has been”? Why are you so mad at Tiger? If Tiger “is a has been” then all other with less than his record of wins and majors should just retire or quit. Your thoughts?

  3. Klaus107

    Aug 10, 2018 at 2:15 am

    If Jacks playing against today’s field of players he wins 9 majors tops. And that’s just Major’s – Tigers second only to Snead in tour wins (6 more than Jack).

    Brandlee’s an idiot.

  4. Mat

    Aug 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    The only “underachievement” is that he couldn’t shut Brandel up.

  5. Terry, this is not a Game

    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    He’s 100% right. Tiger should have Joe DiMaggio’d the record books.

    • Geoffrey Holland

      Aug 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Interesting comment considering that Joe DiMaggio owns very few baseball records.

  6. acew/7iron

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:31 am

    By comparison..There are a few that overachieved IMO…

    Els comes to mind and the GOAT Jack himself probably pulled out a few that he should not have along the way including that last one at Augusta in his late 40’s.

  7. The Dude

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Fred Couples is by far the biggest under achiever in the history of golf given his talent and only 1 major.

  8. golferdg

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:17 am

    He is as bad a journalist as he was a golfer

  9. RocketBall

    Aug 9, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Brandel is trying to make us forget we saw his swing at the Senior British Open. What a sad little man.

    • TONEY P

      Aug 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      That was funny. Branded was always jealous of Tiger and how easy he won.

  10. rex235

    Aug 8, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Lets see if anyone else wins a major on a broken leg first…

    “Underachive” that.

    • rex235

      Aug 8, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      “Underachieve…” on a broken leg?.

      • W

        Aug 9, 2018 at 1:04 am

        Nothing to do with a broken leg. It’s the women

      • Geohogan

        Aug 11, 2018 at 7:53 am

        With all due respect for Bob May, on a broken leg, Tiger beat
        a player who had zero career wins. Brandel is right.. underacheiver.

        • Geoffrey Holland

          Aug 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm

          Tiger didn’t have a broken leg when he beat Bob May. He had a broken leg when he beat Rocco Mediate who had tour wins under his belt.

        • Bob Pegram

          Aug 14, 2018 at 8:45 am

          It was a hairline fracture – a crack. It is still painful, but not a “broken leg” in the usual sense.

  11. Andrew Levy

    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Brandel loves to stir the pot and he is always on the wrong side to get people talking. Plus his name is Brandel they want to change the name to Branden.

  12. Jim McPherson

    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Def fell short of expectations established in his prime. Truth has been spoken here.

  13. Caroline

    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    LOL, a guy that got more out of his talent by just making some cuts on the PGA tour (Brandel) knows first hand just how hard it is to even make a top ten in a PGA tournament is going to claim Tiger should have done more??? LOL, maybe I would believe John Daly could have done a little better with his talent…come on Brandel Tiger has done just fine…

  14. Tyler Durden

    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    So Brandel says tiger should’ve won way more majors and gets roasted. Arnie said basically the same thing and nothing.
    GolfWRX commenters are the worst.

  15. Devilsadvocate

    Aug 8, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    As much as branded irritates me sometimes… I absolutely agree with him here. When u take into account the swing change time, the injury time, and obviously what the scandal did to his confidence it really is quite sad to think about what might have been .. that being said if he does manage to somehow win 19, or even 18 really, it would be the best sports comeback story of all time in my opinion

  16. Charlie

    Aug 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I wonder what Brandel’s ratio of Likes to Shanks has been here on GolfWRX. He certainly hasn’t underachieved.

  17. Moses

    Aug 8, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    He’sssssssss baaaaaack!!!!!!!

  18. 2putttom

    Aug 8, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    A sports career is like a box of chocolates

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs



The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week



Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.






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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal


My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.


The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.


While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart


A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.


There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.


Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.


Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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