New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee apologized to Tiger Woods on Twitter for insinuating in a column that the world No. 1 golfer was a cheater for his several violations this year.
“Golf is a gentleman’s game and I’m not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse,” Chamblee said on his Twitter account.
A former PGA Tour player and frequent critic of Woods’ swing under coach Sean Foley, Chamblee had written an analysis piece for Golf.com in which he assessed several top players’ years by giving them letter grades.
In his column, Chamblee gave Woods, who won five times this year on the PGA Tour, an F. Below Chamblee’s summary was “100″ with a line through it and “F” beneath it.
In his piece, Chamblee suggested that Woods cheated. The world No. 1 had four high-profile rules issues, including three that resulted in two-stroke penalties.
“I remember when we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and … how shall we say this … was a little cavalier with the rules,” Chamblee said in his column.
Chamblee’s column angered Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, who told ESPN.com that he would consider legal action.
“There’s nothing you can call a golfer worse than a cheater,” Steinberg said. “This is the most deplorable thing I have seen.”
Steinberg said via text message that he had not heard directly from Chamblee, who sent out five tweets, one of which said he was not asked to apologize.