Brandel Chamblee is the articulate and outspoken golf analyst who usually knocks Tiger Woods‘ comeback attempts — while saying his criticism comes because Tiger has been so great. Chamblee is an aggressive critic — it’s his job. This week he switched gears and went after one-time Woods rival Sergio Garcia. Garcia had a little moment of fury at the WGC Cadillac Championship, and Chamblee took the moment to declare that Garcia’s bad attitude too often gets in his way.
Garcia roasted Chamblee back, saying sarcastically that, yes, his attitude must really stink since he’s been one of the best players in the world for nearly two decades. Fans rallied to Garcia’s side, wondering if Chamblee has a right to criticize based on his own accomplishments. A golf author (The Anatomy of Greatness: Lessons from the Best Golf Swings in History) and analyst, Chamblee obviously doesn’t boast the success as a player of Woods or Garcia — not even close. And it’s not just because he’s late in his career. As one of Garcia’s defenders points out, Vijay Singh is 53 and he just had a top ten. Chamblee is also 53. He won one PGA tournament and finished highest in a major when he was 18th at the 1999 Masters. Of course he’s not being paid to play — a point some are missing — but to opine. And Chamblee’s not alone in thinking Sergio’s attitude isn’t always the Spaniard’s best asset.
You must be right Brendal Chamblee @GolfChannel according to you my bad attitude has made me a top 17 player 15 out of 17 years, sorry!?
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) March 5, 2016
— Samuel Sunderaraj (@V_samuelSun) March 5, 2016