And you know what…. I can’t say he’s wrong. Although the larger upshot is that for once, the Golf Channel delivered some actual sizzling golf discussion for once! I mean Duval looked like he was ready to choke Chamblee out on the spot. I particularly liked the “I’ve done it, you chump” angle of attack.
While I think Chamblee’s smugness is enough to turn even sympathetic ears to his arguments against him, his core point is valid. Tiger and Phil’s Ryder Cup records ARE, in fact, disappointing. And you can’t just blame it on weak partners who supposedly dragged them down.
Neither Phil nor Tiger showed the fire and leadership that was expected of them, as our #1 and #2 players for the last 10+ years to deliver more victories. Hell, Tiger was such a “team” guy that he ducked out at 6 a.m. for a practice round in 2002 at the Belfry. Dewsweeping! I can just see half the team brushing their teeth, only to find Tiger popping in the team room and handing his grass stained shoes to the attendant.
Phil meanwhile – when not giving goofy thumbs-up kudos to Justin Rose at Medinah – showed up at the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K-Club in the worst physical shape of his career. He played all five sessions, and went 1-4.
And let’s not even discuss the calamity of 2004 and Oakland Hills, when Hal Sutton engineered their awkward shotgun marriage. Okay, so you weren’t happy about it boys. But could you at least for 5 hours, PRETEND to like each other, and realize that you simply CANNOT LOSE your match – no matter what?
Nah. The two team “leaders” barely were in the same TV frame most of the day – I know, I watched every second of it! – and got beat both times.
Now, I applaud how far Tiger has come since 2001 as a simple human being who can act normal around his peers. I’m glad he’s enthusiastic about driving a golf cart this weekend. And let’s hope Phil doesn’t regret throwing Tom Watson under the bus last time, in case he’s a fish – yet again! – and the US loses.
Okay, enough of my blabber. You watch the clip, and tell me who’s right, and who’s full of shit!