Ok, so he’s not everyone’s favorite announcer. Let’s set the record straight.
And, it’s nothing new for analysts to attempt a comeback in their sport. Jay Cutler did this in the NFL this past season, leaving FOX before ever calling a game to return to field. Now, one of golf’s most enigmatic analysts is attempting a small comeback.
Brandel Chamblee announced this week that he will attempt to qualify for the Senior Open Championship that is being played at St. Andrews this year. For Chamblee, it would be his first foray back into professional golf in over 15 years. It would also give Chamblee a chance to backup some of the smack talk he’s laid down ever since becoming a leading Golf Channel Analyst.
And that might not be the last event that Chamblee tries to play. “I was playing quite a bit of golf until I came up against a deadline, so I’m spending a little more of my time alone writing at the moment,” Chamblee said last year. “When I finish these books, I fully intend to go play some on the Champions Tour, because I really enjoy competing and I enjoy playing golf. I enjoy practicing and grinding and spending pretty much all day trying to figure golf out.”
Brandel Chamblee during The Golf Channel Bracket Special prior to the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 19, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
A move back to a professional golf tour may be a welcome venture for Chamblee, as he has been in the headlines constantly the past few months and not for any good reasons. Chamblee has been bold and outspoken criticizing PGA TOUR players, starting multiple twitter beefs with Rory McIlroy and Jason Dufner that left him looking petty and clueless.
While it may help him keep away from negative publicity, one would have to wonder how well Chamblee would play on the Senior Tour. He last played a full golf season back in 2003 when he played on the PGA TOUR. More, he hasn’t won a tournament since the Greater Vancouver Open in 1998. Without a win in this century, I wouldn’t count on Chamblee playing lights out in any event.
For Chamblee’s sake, we hope that he’s able to comeback and compete on the Senior Tour quickly. Because if he can’t, he may be getting a few tweets from players giving him a taste of his own medicine.
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