Heading into his exhibition match with Rory McIlroy on Monday at Mission Hills, Tiger Woods took time out to address cheating allegations made by Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. Woods said it was up to the Golf Channel to address Chamblee's comments but called the situation "disappointing."
In a column written for Golf.com on Oct. 15, Chamblee wrote that Woods' rule violations this season constituted cheating. He added that Woods was "a little cavalier with the rules." Chamblee went on to compare Woods' habits to a situation when his fourth-grade teacher crossed out "100" and gave him an "F" for cheating on a math test.
According to the Associated Press, via the Washington Post, Woods commented on Chamblee's statement and acknowledged he is moving on:
All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward. But then, I don’t know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that’s up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing as he didn’t really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.
So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do.
Woods took a two-shot penalty in Abu Dhabi for taking relief from an embedded ball in a sandy area covered with vegetation. During the second round of the Masters, Woods was given another two-shot penalty for taking the wrong drop. The PGA Tour also gave Woods a two-shot penalty after the second round of the BMW Championship, where video evidence showed Woods' ball moved from behind the first green.
In Chamblee's view, the above violations amounted to cheating.
Considering Chamblee's PGA Tour career included just one career victory, he should've caught himself before accusing Woods, a 14-time major champion, of golf's biggest faux pas: cheating.
In a statement to ESPN.com's Bob Harig, Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said he was considering legal action against the analyst and described his analysis as "deplorable."
In a series of tweets last Tuesday, Chamblee apologized to Woods but maintained he wasn't asked to do so by the Golf Channel.
Golf is a gentleman's game and I'm not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
My intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
Woods had five victories during the 2013 PGA Tour season, including The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships.
The 37-year-old was named the PGA of America Player of the Year for the 11th time and earned more than $8.5 million in winnings, leading the tour.
Woods was first in the FedEx Cup standings, and his average score of 68.98 earned him his ninth Vardon Trophy.