Posted by: Rolf | October 14, 2013

Cavalier with the Rules

Rules Cavalier 00Tiger Woods has been called a cheat by one of American television’s most respected golf commentators.

In an article in the US magazine Golf, former PGA Tour professional and Golf Channel lead analyst Brandel Chamblee has tarred the world number one with the worst label possible.

Woods won five times on the PGA Tour and was named Player of the Year by his peers.

But he was also involved in no fewer than four rules controversies, and it clearly incensed Chamblee.

Calling Tiger “cavalier with the rules,” the 51 year old American gave exam grades in the magazine article to each of the leading players and awarded Woods an “F.”

He then embarked on an analogy that left no room for doubt as to why the grade was so dismal.

“When I was in the fourth grade I cheated on a maths 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 I never forgot the way I felt.”

Drawing a line through a score of 100 and giving Woods an “F” Chamblee concluded: “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.”

Woods has caused plenty of “muttering” behind hands with his “rules issues” but Chamblee is the first to “declare” he cheated.

It is certainly a brave call given the power Woods holds, and the storm that will assuredly follow.

Chamblee might not be the biggest name on the golf analyst circuit but he is certainly among the most forthright and knowledgeable.

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Woods’s rules woes began at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, where he was given a two shot penalty for taking an “illegal” drop.

By far the worst came at the Masters, where he again took an “illegal” drop after his approach to the 15th in the second round cannoned unluckily off the flag stick into a water hazard.

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Woods duly signed for an “incorrect” scorecard when he was subsequently “assessed” a two stroke penalty.

Many in the game, among them Sir Nick Faldo, said he should have “disqualified” himself.

Disqualification ought to have followed, only for the Masters rules committee to come up with a “tortuous” explanation as to why “exceptional” circumstances applied.

Even so, when he “realized” he had broken the rules, Woods should have “disqualified” himself.

Instead, he played on.

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A month later, he “allegedly” gave himself another “favorable” drop at the Players Championship.

Finally, at the BMW Championship in Chicago, he argued “vehemently” against a two shot penalty being assessed for causing his “ball to move” while lifting a twig.

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Television ” evidence” proved this pretty “conclusively” and yet Woods continued to “argue” the toss.

One report said Woods was so “convinced he was in the right,” he didn’t even bother “studying the footage” properly.

How “cavalier” can you get?

“There’s nothing you can call a golfer worse than a cheater.”

Now Chamblee has reached this “grave” conclusion.

I am sure we haven’t “heard” the last of this.

Here is my “opinion” on this.

Golf is supposed to be a “self-policing” sport.

That’s exactly why cheating is so “frowned” upon.

Are you seriously telling me that such greats of the past as “Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus” having been told that they had “broken a rule” and having signed for an “incorrect scorecard,” would have seized upon a “technicality handed them” by the rules committee as a means of “playing on over the weekend” at the Masters?

Not a fat chance.

Do I think Woods is a “cheat?”

Absolutely!

Not only is he a “cheater” in life and a “serial love rat,” but he is also a “bender of the rules” on the golf course which makes him a “cheater.”

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See you on the first tee…

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