Arnie: Golf Channel planning three-part documentary on ‘The King’ beginning Masters Sunday

This seems like a good way to cap off your Masters this year.

Here is the official rundown from the Golf Channel.

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Golf Channel’s primetime television event, Arnie, begins with the questions: “How do you tell a story of a life that’s larger than life? How do you find a way to put together all the memories, all the accomplishments, all the impact? And do what a story is supposed to do? And ensure it lasts forever? Someday – even decades – maybe centuries from now, they’ll hear the name Arnold Palmer and they’ll want to know everything.”

Arnie showcases how the golfing legend revolutionized and transcended the game to become one of the most beloved figures in sports history. Arnie, a three-night television event, will air on consecutive nights at 10 p.m. ET from Sunday, April 13, following … Continue Reading

Programming alert: In Play with Jimmy Roberts’ now 1-hour; Construction slowly begins on Olympic course in Rio

Good news for fans for the excellent  In Play with Jimmy Roberts. The Golf Channel has decided make it a one-hour show.

One of the pieces on tonight’s show (10 p.m. ET) looks at designer Gil Hanse and his work on the new Olympics course in Rio.

Here’s the rundown on tonight’s show:

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The game of golf is bigger than what we see each week from the professional tours. Every day, people are doing extraordinary things. In Play with Jimmy Roberts returns tonight at 10PM ET where Roberts will explore the very best stories from every corner of the game.

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McIlroy defends Tiger on Chamblee flap; Chamblee to discuss situation on Golf Channel tonight

As I predicted, things are heating up on the Tiger Woods-Brandel Chamblee front.

From Geoff Shackelford:

Earlier today, Rory McIlroy defended Woods’ hardline response against Chamblee. Writes Derek Lawrenson in the Daily Mail:

There was nothing coy, mind, about the way he waded in on the side of his friend Tiger Woods, with strong words of condemnation for Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee, who insinuated in a recent magazine article Tiger was a cheat.

‘I say Brandel was completely wrong and I don’t think he has the authority to say anything bad about Tiger,’ said McIlroy. ‘People wouldn’t know who Brandel was if it wasn’t for Tiger, so I am completely against what he said and he should be dealt with in the right way.’ 

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Tiger talks about Chamblee: Turns up heat on Golf Channel; Says Chamblee didn’t apologize

I didn’t think Brandel Chamblee’s tweets last week were going to end of the cheating allegation flap with Tiger Woods.

Sure enough, an angry Woods implied there’s much more to come while speaking today in China, where he had an exhibition match with Rory McIlroy. And he definitely is going to drag the Golf Channel into the saga, even though Chamblee’s column, which alleges he “was a cavalier” with golf’s rules, appeared on Golf.com.

Here’s Woods in an Associated Press story:

“All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward,” Woods said before his exhibition match with Rory McIlroy at Mission Hills. “But then, I don’t know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that’s up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing, as he didn’t really

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Why did Chamblee tweet apology to Tiger? Why hasn’t he appeared on Golf Channel to address matter?

Shortly after defending his Golf.com on Tiger Woods and cheating in an Associated Press story yesterday, Brandel Chamblee sent out the following tweets last night.

Why the sudden retreat from Chamblee?

Did the Golf Channel and NBC, which owns the Golf Channel, put pressure on Chamblee to stop throwing gasoline on the fire here? Yesterday’s comments were far more damning than what he wrote in the original piece, where it actually was buried in his season-in-review.

There’s definitely a good chance Chamblee received a series of calls from Golf Channel officials about this matter. The last thing it wants is the No. 1 player in the world boycotting the network. Not a good situation if you’re a channel dedicated to golf.

Also, the Golf Channel likely heard from the PGA Tour about this matter. Having your top player accused … Continue Reading

Brandel Chamblee stands by column about Woods and cheating; ‘Disrespected his position in golf’

An Associated Press story has an email from Brandel Chamblee, responding to the fallout from his Golf.com column about Tiger Woods and cheating. Knowing Chamblee, it hardly is a surprise that he isn’t backing down.

In fact, he wrote more in the email than he did in the original piece. From the AP:

Chamblee never says outright he thinks Woods cheated. That was by design.

“I think ‘cavalier with the rules’ allows for those with a dubious opinion of the BMW video,” Chamblee said Tuesday in an email to the AP. “My teacher in the fourth grade did not have a dubious opinion of how I completed the test. But she was writing to one, and as I was writing to many, I felt it important to allow for the doubt some might have, so I chose my words accordingly.

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Golf Channel could feel revenge from Chamblee’s ‘golf cheat’ allegations about Woods; Woods’ camp is irate

I want to catch up on a story that likely has a few more rounds left in it.

Late last week, Brandel Chamblee did a column for Golf.com, handing out grades for the 2013 golf season. Of Woods, he writes:

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

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Jerry Rice on pressure in new Big Break: Wouldn’t have agreed if knew what I had to endure

Got to give the Golf Channel some credit here. It’s not easy to continue to re-invent yourself with new concepts.

The Golf Channel, though, appears to have done with its latest version of the Big Break.

The new series, which begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, features the Breakers being paired with former NFL players (video preview below). The list includes Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Marc Bulger, Al Del Greco, Chris Doleman and Mark Rypien.

As we’ve seen previously, when big-name athletes put their golf swings on public display, they feel the same nerves we do.

Here are some excerpt about the players talking about the pressure of playing in the Big Break.

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Chamblee on Tiger: Already at 25 majors if he stays with Harmon; Repeated swing changes ‘crazy’

When I asked Brandel Chamblee about his repeated criticism of Tiger Woods, he launched into a six-minute speech. Definitely worth reading in its entirety.

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Chamblee: If there’s anything that anyone could say, it’s that since Tiger has ascended to No. 1 in the world with four different golf swings, it does not matter how he swings the golf club. You could take the top 100 teachers and with all those different teaching methods, he could take them all to No. 1 in the world.

Now who could do it in the most efficient way? I think we know who that person is. I think we’ve already seen who that person is. And if Tiger had stayed with that person (Butch Harmon), and hadn’t left out of petty differences, hadn’t left out of boredom, he would have already broke Jack’s … Continue Reading

Q/A with Brandel Chamblee: ‘Audience deserves an opinion that’s not obvious’

Brandel Chamblee is in my backyard this week for Golf Channel’s coverage of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.

From my Golf World story on analysts:

Chamblee, 51, has emerged as the Golf Channel’s most important player. After a 15-year career which included one PGA Tour title, he made the transition to the Golf Channel in 2004. He separated himself from the pack, elevating his broadcast game in the process, by voicing blunt opinions backed by an endless stream of facts, virtually all of which he researched himself.

Then Chamblee digs in and dares someone to take him on. He has a strong, almost bulldog mentality when it comes to making a point, all of which makes for good television. Chamblee’s content and presentation are unique for a sport where many analysts tread lightly.

“He probably

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