Many believe that Tiger Woods, by virtue of winning five tournaments in 2013, should be Player of the Year. Others, like John Feinstein, believe that you have to win at least one major – which Woods did not do – to garner legitimate consideration.
So what’s a golf enthusiast to do?
Enter Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.
“Well, from a playing standpoint and just what he’s accomplished this year,” Chamblee said on The John Feinstein Show, “I think Tiger far and away should be Player of the Year – from what he’s accomplished in terms of wining golf tournaments and in terms of playing well from his very first tournament to the last tournament that he’s played.”
But after what happened at the first hole of the BMW Championship last Friday in Lake Forest, Ill., Chamblee, a former PGA golfer, wouldn’t vote for 14-time major winner. Woods, while attempting to clear debris behind his ball, was assessed a two-shot penalty after moving the ball and not returning it to its rightful spot.
Woods said the ball didn’t move, but video – according to PGA Tour Vice President of Competition Slugger White and PGA Tour official Tyler Dennis – indicated otherwise.
“Given what transpired at the BMW and him being caught on videotape moving his golf ball, not alerting anybody to it, denying it, I wouldn’t vote for him – and nor should his peers vote for him – for Player of the Year,” Chamblee said. “He was caught in the most definitive act of violating a rule of any great player in the history of this game – and he should in no way be Player of the Year. No way. His peers should not stand for that. Golf should not stand for that.”