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Brandel Chamblee 'went too far' calling Tiger Woods a cheater

The golf analyst said he went too far in comparing Tiger Woods' questionable season with outright cheating.

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Gabrielle Levy
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(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."

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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."

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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."

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Chamblee, who has not retracted his comments, spoke out on Twitter and said he was sorry for inciting the debate.

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