Booo! The Brandel Chamblee-Tiger Woods feud was the best thing this golf offseason had going for it and now it's probably close to over.
After standing by his comments on Tuesday morning Chamblee decided to reverse course and apologize to Woods via Twitter for insinuating that Tiger was a cheater last week in a Golf.com article.
Here are those tweets:
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
Wait, on Tuesday morning Chamblee said this:
"I suspected there would be the usual assortment of divisive banter about me giving Tiger an 'F,' but as it turns out, it was a slow week in golf, so with not much to do, my column got more attention than it should have."
So he's essentially saying "I knew what was going to happen and I stand by it!" and "I didn't know what was going to happen and I no longer stand by it!" in the same day!
I believe this is what folks in the business like to call "backpedaling."
The damage is already done, though. Chamblee can tweet an apology every hour from now until the Masters starts and it doesn't change the fact that he essentially called Tiger a cheater in front of the whole golf world.
To apologize now is almost silly -- he might as well stick it out at this point.
And you know who comes off looking great, as usual, and this time without even saying so much as one word about the entire topic?