Tiger Woods gets Twitter apology over 'cheat' claim
Brandel Chamblee insists he gave Tiger an F-grade to draw attention to his 'rules infractions'
TIGER WOODS has received an apology from a leading US golf commentator after he was accused of "cheating", but he may still sue former player Brandel Chamblee over the claims.
Chamblee, who gave Woods an F-grade in an "end of term report" for the magazine website Golf.com last week, apologised on Twitter. He insisted that he had only intended "to note Tiger's rules infractions this year".
In the article, Chamblee confessed that he once cheated in a maths test while at school. He said the the paper came back with a score of 100 and the Walter Scott quote "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" written on it.
"Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of '100'," saud Chamblee. "But this time with a line drawn through it and beneath that an F."
Below his summary of Woods' season was the number 100, crossed out and replaced with an F.
"I remember when we only talked about Tiger's golf," Chamblee noted, adding that Woods was "a little cavalier with the rules".
The furore was immense, Golf.com later explained. "No other golfer evokes such a mixture of praise and criticism than Woods... Chamblee's column struck a nerve with many, however, because of the implication that three rules violations and a penalty drop involving Woods amounted to cheating — the strongest accusation possible in golf."
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
In the wake of the comments Woods' agent threatened legal action, and James Corrigan of the Daily Telegraph stated: "Being labelled a 'cheat' in his profession is a stigma which never can be cleansed. It is his legacy which is at stake here."
Chamblee's unexpected apology came a day after he insisted that he stood by his comments, declaring "ethics matter more than athletics".
"Whether Brandel Chamblee's remorse on Twitter will be enough to prevent the world No 1 from taking legal action against the former PGA Tour winner is unclear, but Woods will at least be satisfied with this climb-down," says the Telegraph. ·