Brandel Chamblee’s PGA Tour season grades are in — and Tiger Woods gets an ‘F’
Phil Mickelson: Won the Waste Management Open again; finished runner-up in the U.S. Open again; went from hitting the best driver in the world to no driver again; led the Tour in signing autographs again; said he was over-taxed — OK that was a first, and so was his Open Championship win, which gave him three legs of the career grand slam. His game and his comments have more variety than the contents of a spice rack at an Indian restaurant. I hope he plays for another 20 years on Tour. Oh, and I can NOT wait for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst next year. A+
Male/Female communication (don't laugh I actually took this class at U.T.): A+
Adam Scott: No man can be that pretty, swing that beautifully, be that nice and win the Masters. I hate him. A
Vijay Singh: No man can be that petty, swing that ugly, be in the Hall of Fame and be that irrelevant. I hate him. F
Jason Dufner: Married to one hot woman, became a verb, won a major, has celebrating down "pat" — see the hot woman. A++
Brandt Snedeker: He won early, he won late, and he played well in the majors. Who knows what he would have done had he not been slowed by an injury. Always handles himself with class. B
Dustin Johnson: Continues to win and underachieve. Won the season opener and then had 4 MCs and 2 WDs. C-
Matt Kuchar: Two wins, two runner-ups. B+
Padraig Harrington: I have a soft spot for anyone who gives me a few thousands words to a question about his swing, which he did at the Waste Management Open after rounds of 64, 70, and 63. However that week's T9 was his best finish of the year. He works hard, he cooperates with the media, but he continues to struggle. C-
Graeme McDowell: Perhaps he was distracted by his ensuing betrothal, as his last top 10 on the PGA Tour was in April, although he did add the French Open to his cache. Given his talent and his brains, he left a lot on the table. Here's to a much better 2014. B-
Justin Rose: Holy Foley is that swing good, and now he's finally a major champion as well as a class act. A
Jordan Speith: I told him to stay in school and get his degree just in case. He missed Q-school last year and I said, "See?" … Um, 'scuse me. A+
Henrik Stenson: He was third or better in five of his last seven events — two of them were majors and two of them, both wins, were in the FedEx Cup. Every tour pro who is struggling should put his record up on their wall, because not too long ago his swing and game were a mess. A+
Tiger Woods: When I was in the fourth grade, I cheated on a math test and when I got the paper back it had "100" written at the top and just below the grade, was this quote, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!" It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott, and my teacher's message was clear. Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of "100", but this time with a line drawn through it and beneath that an F. I never did ask my teacher how she knew I cheated and I certainly didn't protest the grade. I knew I had done the wrong thing and my teacher the right, but I never forgot the way I felt when I read that quote.
I remember when we only talked about Tiger's golf. 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.*
Brandel Chamblee: I'm not in the business of predicting wins or scores but am often asked to do so. Before the events started, I predicted that Adam Scott would win the Masters, Phil Mickeslon would win the Open Championship and Stacy Lewis would win the Women's Open Championship, but I also said that Tiger would win the U.S. Open and he would do so with a record score. I also said that Tiger, coming off his 7-shot win at Bridgestone, would win the PGA Championship. So I was 3 for 5 in the majors that I predicted and 0-1 in scores, which makes me even money in the betting world and 50 percent in the academic world, which is an F.
But at least I earned this one honestly.
*Tiger’s rule controversies in 2013 included taking an illegal free drop at the Abu Dhabi Championship, avoiding disqualification at the Masters despite signing an incorrect scorecard following an illegal drop, giving himself a favorable drop after hitting into a water hazard at the Players Championship, and a two-stroke penalty for causing his ball to move while removing a twig resting against it at the BMW Championship.