Rory McIlroy: Brandel Chamblee ‘was completely wrong’ and ‘should be dealt with’

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.

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  • VOLFAN

    Last year Rory faked a toothache to leave a PGA Tournament. He’s a spoiled brat like Tiger, and both have BIG NIKE CONTRACTS. He’s got to support Tiger, what else could he say?

    • 2396birchdr

      BOTH PLAYERS ARE SET FOR LIFE…RIGHT NOW!

  • Cater

    When was the last/first time you moved a 2000 pound rock to not get a penalty stroke? When did we forgive the 5 minute rule when a ball was lost over a building and then given relief for a lost ball???

  • Nicholas DeCesare

    Tell em’ Tiger,
    If you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying!!

  • TomFaggart

    How can Tiger cheat with the cameras on him, an official by his side, fellow golfers near by, and the crowds almost walking on him? Tiger this maybe where you get your balls back. Fight this man, and maybe some of the media crap will come to an end. I am sure it will not end until you make it so painful for these people that they will get off your back. They have no common sense or the ability to have respect for other people and their rights. “No one has the right to destroy another for their own pleasure” …Not even the media!

  • Monica

    Let’s be honest here, Tiger cheated @ least twice this year (whether he meant too or not is irrelevant). He thinks he can move the ball and get away with it. He should have been dismissed from one tournament, but they allowed him to continue playing by giving him penalty shots instead. Had it been any other golfer, I can guarantee you they would have been disqualified. He is a big pampered, arrogant SOB & he should have to play by the same rules as any other golfer (famous or not), As for Chamblee’s comments, he is an Analyst for the network, and his observations were accurate…it was cheating. This is not the first time Tiger’s reputation has been in the news, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

  • 2396birchdr

    THE BIG BABY ROARY IS A SPOIL JERK, CHECK HIS SCORES, BRANDEL IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINION AND I AGREE WITH BRANDEL, A BILLIONAIRE PRO SHOULD KNOW THE RULES, HE HIRES A GOLF COACH, HE SHOULD HIRE A RULES COACH TO PROTECT HIS QUESTIONALE IMAGE ON HONESTY…LIAR OBAMA HAS THE SAME PROBLEM.. BRANDEL REALLY JUST REVIEWED TIGERS RECORD

  • 2396birchdr

    HOW CAN LIAR OBAMA CHEAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EVERY MINUTE, WITH ALL THE UNITED STATES, AND CONGRESS WATCHING HIM? because Americans do not care they got all they want