Rory McIlroy said Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee was “completely wrong” for writing a column that insinuated that Tiger Woods cheated.
“Yeah, I think Brandel was completely wrong. I don’t think he has the authority to say anything like that about Tiger Woods,” the two-time major champion and former No. 1 McIlroy said, according to USA Today. “People wouldn’t know who Brandel Chamblee was if it wasn’t for Tiger Woods, so I am completely against what he said and I think he should be dealt with in the right way.”
Woods said Monday before his exhibition match with McIlroy at Mission Hills that the ball is in the Golf Channel’s court.
“All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward,” Woods said, via The Associated Press. “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.”
Golf Channel has not commented on the matter.
Two weeks ago, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, told ESPN.com that legal action could be taken against Chamblee.
“There’s nothing you can call a golfer worse than a cheater,” Steinberg said. “This is the most deplorable thing I have seen. I’m not one for hyperbole, but this is absolutely disgusting. Calling him a cheater? I’ll be shocked, stunned if something is not done about this. Something has to be done.
“There are certainly things that just don’t go without response. It’s atrocious. I’m not sure if there isn’t legal action to be taken. I have to give some thought to legal action.”
Woods won five times this year on the PGA Tour, led the money list and was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time. But he was involved in three rules violations that resulted in two-stroke penalties.