Well after all of the hype of Brandel Chamblee going into the Senior Open at St. Andrews, he anti-climatically missed cut. That opened up the opportunity for people to rip his performance, including his own critique.
After easily qualifying for the event by shooting a 69 in his qualifier, Chamblee’s form took a turn for the worse once he got to the old course. He opened up with a 77 on Thursday but finished up his second round with a 75, falling well short of the cutline. And after failing to make the weekend, it was expected that he would receive a lot of criticism.
The highly controversial Golf Channel analyst has been incredibly hard on players in the past, often taking to Twitter to voice his critiques of the pros after poor rounds.
Sometimes that would even evolve into arguments on social media with the players he was critiquing. But no one expected that Chamblee’s biggest critic would be himself after the poor showing.
Brandel Chamblee of the United States plays his first shot on the 3rd…
Brandel Chamblee of the United States plays his first shot on the 3rd tee during Day Two of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at The Old Course on July 27, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Chamblee didn’t hold back when describing how poor he played, making it seem like he didn’t have a good time at all. “It was tougher than I thought it would be,” Chamblee said. “Yesterday I wasn’t sharp hitting the ball, and I putted atrociously. Today, I was pretty sharp hitting the ball, but I found my way into a couple of pot bunkers. And continued to putt like a buffoon.”
It wasn’t all bad for Chamblee, however, as not many retribution-hungry pros came out to celebrate his poor play. He actually had some players praise him for his play during the week. For example, Colin Montgomerie came out and said he was incredibly impressed by Chamblee’s performance in the qualifier and joked, saying that he could have given people what they wanted to see, him shooting over 90 or breaking some type of rule.
Perhaps this will become a humbling experience for Chamblee and he’ll start to take it easier on players. But if his comments about his own game say anything, I think we can expect to see more sharp criticisms from him in his broadcaster role.
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