Title: Tiger Woods' public row with Brandel Chamblee raises many questions about Woods -- as well as the future of the game
Description: This story is in the Nov. 11, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated. To read more stories from the issue and to purchase a digital subscription to the magazine, go here. If you want to do something ridiculously unpopular, take on Tiger Woods. You'll be called a racist, a moron and, worst of all, a hack. Brandel Chamblee, who won one PGA Tour event in a 15-year playing career, learned that lesson the hard way. Chamblee is an insightful, articulate, stat-wielding analyst for Golf Channel who for a decade now has been both lavish in his praise of Woods' golfing accomplishments and (at times) almost comically critical of his ever-evolving swing. This year Woods has given him a bunch of fresh material. Woods has had a series of brushes with the rule book in 2013. At the BMW Championship outside Chicago in September, a Tour official penalized Woods two shots when a high-def video close-up showed that he had caused his ball to move fractionally when he started to remove a twig that the ball was leaning against. In his professional life Woods -- whose personal life was turned upside down by prying cameras -- is under constant surveillance, and he doesn't like it. He was hot and profane in the scorer's trailer. When he emerged, he was dismissive of the ruling and, by extension, the respected official who had made it. Woods could have withdrawn in protest. Instead he played on. Chamblee recently called Woods "duplicitous" on Golf Channel. That's a nervy thing to say because the cable network has a high-stakes business relationship with the PGA Tour. The Tour and Golf Channel share a star attraction. Good talkers, like Chamblee, learn to choose their words carefully, and live to talk another day. Chamblee has another outlet for his thoughts about the game, writing at Golf Magazine and at Golf.com, which are part of the Sports Illustrated Golf Group. In a short, blunt Golf.com piece posted Oct.15, Chamblee gave end-of-season grades to various players. He gave Woods, despite five wins, an F, for being "a little cavalier with the rules." Chamblee prefaced that remark by describing his own experience as a cheater on a fourth-grade math test. He never called Woods a cheater, but the implication was clear. Internet posters went crazy, telling Chamblee that he was a Tiger-hater, a bigot, an idiot and a failed player. To the non-orthodox, golf's rules seem persnickety. But others in the game, both its high priests and those toiling in its vineyards, understand that without strict adherence to the game's often complicated and sometimes ridiculous rules, competitive golf unravels. The messenger -- Chamblee -- was shot repeatedly.