(UPI) -- Golf analyst Brandel Chamblee is backtracking on statements insinuating Tiger Woods played his season less than honestly, calling golf a "gentleman's game" that leaves no room for finger-pointing.
Chamblee assigned Woods an "F" for his 5-win season in a column for Golf.com, saying the star "was a little cavalier with the rules."
In his original column, Chamblee recalled a moment in his childhood when a teacher caught him cheating, assigning him first 100 on a test before crossing the "100" out and writing in an F. Chamblee gave Woods' season the same treatment.
"I remember when we only talked about Tiger's golf," Chamblee wrote. "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."
Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, dismissed Chamblee's insinuations, calling them "deplorable," "disgusting" and said he would consider legal action.
"This is, 'Hey, look at me,' in its lowest form," Steinberg said in a statement. "Brandel Chamblee's comments are shameful, baseless and completely out of line."
"In his rulings, Tiger voiced his position, accepted his penalty and moved on," he said. "There was no intention to deceive anyone. Chamblee's uninformed and malicious opinions, passed on as facts, and his desperate attempt to garner attention is deplorable."
Chamblee, who has not retracted his comments, spoke out on Twitter and said he was sorry for inciting the debate.
What brought me here was the realization that my comments inflamed an audience on two sides of an issue.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
Golf is a gentleman's game and I'm not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
And no - I was not asked to apologize— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
My intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013