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Golf Channel analyst apologizes for labeling Tiger Woods a cheater


After igniting a firestorm with his column last week in which he awarded year-end grades for the PGA Tour season, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee took to Twitter to apologize to Tiger Woods over his accusations that the golfer cheated during the season.

In the column, Chamblee insinuated that Tiger Woods cheated during his five-win season, which was highlighted by several rules infractions. Chamblee than explained his assertion by providing an anecdote from his elementary school days.

“When I was in the fourth grade, I cheated on a math test and when I got the paper back it had “100” written at the top and just below the grade, was this quote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem “Marmion” by Sir Walter Scott, and my teacher’s message was clear. Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of “100”, but this time with a line drawn through it and beneath that an F. I never did ask my teacher how she knew I cheated and I certainly didn’t protest the grade. I knew I had done the wrong thing and my teacher the right, but I never forgot the way I felt when I read that quote.”

Chamblee, much like his teacher did to him way back when, then gave Woods a “100” before crossing it out and awarding the world’s number golfer an “F.”

While initially standing by his assertion that Woods was a “a little cavalier with the rules,” Chamblee, perhaps recognizing that the situation could escalate in light of Mark Steinberg, Tiger’s agent, threatening possible legal action according to a report on, backed off a bit and apologized for what he wrote in the original column on Twitter Tuesday.

Well, that should put an end to any further issues or any possible animosity in the future between Chamblee and Woods, right? It’s not like Tiger is known for holding a grudge or anything, right?