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By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Chamblee with his grading pen on Woods: F!

Following Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee’s controversial Golf.com column that implied Tiger Woods is a cheater (in golf), all hell broke loose in the golf world, including Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg alluding to the potential of Team Tiger taking legal action.

A week later, Chamblee, who has not appeared on television since the piece was published, has finally spoken to defend his comments, via an email to the Associated Press

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Brandel's report card...

Brandel’s report card…

Brandel Chamblee makes a living out of forming controversial, often polarizing opinions to drive discussion and discourse in the golf world. Let’s get one thing straight, I generally have a lot of respect for Brandel because he knows exactly what he’s doing and at least he has a point of view that results in lively debate, like in this case, but this piece threw me off a bit.

In a Golf.com column where Brandel hands out end-of-the-season grades to the top players in the world, the Golf Channel broadcaster and frequent critic of Tiger Woods gave the world no. 1 golfer an “F.” That’s not Chamblee’s crime in this case — after all, he’s entitled to his own opinion — rather he goes on and implies that Woods is a cheater:

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Beware the belly. It can be used as a weapon!

Keegan Bradley, the first to win a major with a belly putter at the 2011 PGA Championship, along with Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open earlier this summer with the same type of putter, have unfortunately become targets in the forthcoming anchoring ban–announced by the USGA and R&A earlier this week.

However, the rule will not go into effect until 2016. As of now, it is still legal for players to use belly putters and long putters. This three-year grace period was bound to cause problems. (Shock!) I didn’t anticipate incidents so early, but unfortunately, Keegan was heckled by a fan on the last hole on Saturday at the World Challenge.

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