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Tiger Woods on Chamblee: 'Ball is in court of Golf Channel'

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods spoke on Monday about Brandel Chamblee. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods spoke on Monday about Brandel Chamblee. (USATSI)

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Tiger Woods was asked about his rift with Brandel Chamblee before his match against Rory McIlroy in China on Monday and he had some pretty interesting comments.

Chamblee, as you probably know by now, incited some pretty intense commentary about the rules of golf a few weeks ago in a Golf.com column when he essentially called Woods a cheater.

Then last week he apologized for the entire thing via Twitter.

"What brought me here was the realization that my comments inflamed an audience on two sides of an issue. Golf is a gentleman's game and I'm not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse."

Chamblee writes for Golf.com but is an analyst on Golf Channel -- the two organizations are not tied together. On Monday though, Woods put the onus on the Golf Channel.

"All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward. But then, I don't know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that's up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing, as he didn't really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.

"So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do."

Woods is kind of right that Chamblee didn't really apologize for accusing Woods but rather for "inciting discourse."

And surely Woods knows that Chamblee wrote the piece for Golf.com and not for Golf Channel so it's intriguing that he called out Golf Channel on the incident.

His agent Mark Steinberg did as well.

"I'm all done talking about it, and it's now in the hands of the Golf Channel," Steinberg said. "That's Tiger's view and that's mine, and all we want to do is move forward. And whether the Golf Channel moves forward as well, then we'll have to wait and see."

I don't know what Steinberg means by "move forward" but both he and Woods mentioned it.

Do they want him fired? Suspended? Moved to a middle-of-the-night show instead of covering the big-time tournaments?

Nobody knows but we do know the final pieces yet to come into place are a response from Golf Channel and/or Golf.com.

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