Chamblee, Woods Square Off
Brandel Chamblee thinks Tiger
Woods (right) can fix his problems by
returning to Butch Harmon.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | Early
in Players week, Golf Channel analyst
Brandel Chamblee pulled no punches
in critiquing Tiger Woods’ current
golf methodology. It was the sharpest
assessment of Woods to date from a
of the late Red Smith of The New York
Times when told there should be restrictions on who was qualified to opine.
“If that were true,” Smith said, “then
only dead men could write obituaries.”
On a conference call with Johnny
Miller and Nick Faldo, Chamblee said
Woods’ problems would go away if he
returned to instructor Butch Harmon.
Woods blew to a front-nine 40
Sunday and finished well outside the
top 30. “It’s just getting momentum,”
Woods said after the round (73) when
asked what was the most important
part of the process right now.
“Simply, he needs to fire Sean
(Foley), and call Butch,” Chamblee
said. “I think that would get it done
right there. Fire Sean, call Butch.
Former Players winner Sergio
Garcia appeared petulant at the outset
of his post-round interview Saturday.
He had blazed the inward half in 31
after going out in 37. But he didn’t
sound very happy about his finish.
“I just put the knee down and it kind
of missed, kind of failed me,” Garcia
said. And it wasn’t the first time.
“And I know he’ll never do that be-
cause he’s letting his ego get in the way
of common sense. He wants to prove
to people he’s right. He would rather
prove to people he’s right than be right.
He’s going to ride this thing as long as
he can and it’s just sad to see.”
“It mostly does it when I’m walking
down a hill,” he added. “So, it’s just like
a needle underneath the knee. I don’t
know what it is.”
Turned out there was a reason.
Woods’ response: “Well, I can under-
stand that everyone has an opinion, and
he’s entitled to his. But he’s no longer
playing anymore, so, so be it.”
“I don’t know,” he said when asked
to explain the difference between
the two nines. “I guess if I had all the
answers, I would have tried to play the
front a little better.”
With Rory McIlroy missing the cut,
the world ranking discussion turned
back to world No. 2 Luke Donald.
So non-current players can’t weigh
in on current players?
Later, Garcia revealed that he
tweaked his left knee before the round
in the kitchen of the house in which he
was staying, away from the course.
Going into the weekend, Donald
needed to get a solo fourth or better to
regain the No. 1 ranking he lost to McIlroy one week earlier at Quail Hollow.
It brings to mind the observation
When Donald birdied 10, 11 and 12
Sunday, he moved all the way up into A
MAY 14, 2012
No. 1 McIlroy Misses Cut
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA |
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy showed
up at Sawgrass fresh, confident and
ready after a close playoff loss to
Rickie Fowler at Quail Hollow the
For A Better Roll Every Time.