A golf journalist accused Tiger Woods of being “cavalier with the rules”, here is Geoff Ogilvy’s take on it.
Geoff Ogilvy has written a great article in the latest edition of Golf World discussing the recent furore between golf journalist Brandel Chamblee and Tiger Woods.
Ogilvy has outlined what he thinks the role of journalists and broadcasters should be:
Journalists and broadcasters should not be mere cheerleaders. There’s too much of that in golf right now, to be honest. And not nearly enough untainted honesty. If correspondents do nothing more than claim how great everything is, any semblance of reality is lost. Good things happen on tour every day — and bad things too — which is how it should all be reported. I have to believe that’s what most people want, an accurate representation of events and issues. Anything else is an insult to our collective intelligence.
But he also points the finger firmly at Woods for his role in some of these issues:
Much of what went on between Tiger and Brandel could have been avoided if Tiger would give open answers to questions — “real” interviews, not just “nothing” interviews. Imagine how much clearer everything could have been if he had sat down after the Masters or the Players or the BMW Championship and run us through exactly what went on and what he was thinking. Not doing so only encouraged all kinds of rampant speculation and generally ill-informed conspiracy theories.
Go and read the whole article from Geoff Ogilvy here, it’s a great read.
The back story
Now if you haven’t been playing along at home with all this, here is a quick summary on what all of this is about.
On October 15, golf journalist at Golf.com and The Golf Channel Brandel Chamblee penned at article titled “Brandel Chamblee’s PGA Tour season grades are in — and Tiger Woods gets an ‘F’” that included one provocative paragraph on Woods’ season:
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.
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 was referring to Woods’ numerous rules infringements in 2013 which included the dodgy drop in Dubai, Tiger’s infamous Masters drop and the more recent ‘trial by TV’ when Woods was handed a two-shot penalty for moving his golf ball.
In my opinion, he didn’t knowingly skirt the rules of golf and he copped the proper penalties handed to him.
But the point at which most golf fans and journalists (myself included) lost admiration for Woods’ integrity was his blatant denial the golf ball had moved at the BMW Championship, even when shown the slow-motion footage. See for yourself, it’s subtle but there is no doubt it moved.
All he needed to do was accept the golf ball had moved when you viewed the slow-motion video, and move on. His denial was astounding.
Chamblee’s piece stated that Woods has been “cavalier with the rules” in 2013. Woods was obviously not happy.
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
Chamblee was not fired from The Golf Channel (despite several reports hinting that he would be) and it appears the dust has settled on this mess.
It remains to be seen if Woods will take Ogilvy’s advice on board – or (more likely) whether Ogilvy will be crossed off Woods’ Christmas card list.