Shortly after Brandel Chamblee remarked on the Golf Channel’s “Live From the US Open” that Phil Mickelson had taken “a flamethrower to the very PGA Tour that provided you a wonderful stage to amass an unimaginable fortune,” it became abundantly clear that Shamble was He has his own flamethrower in the form of his carefully crafted words. Mickelson and other supporters targeted her at the Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament.
Chamblee has never been shy about sharing his opinion, but he has arguably been more outspoken in addressing the war raging between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
Just last week, Chambly said the LIV Golf team’s debut near London made him “want to puke”.
“When it comes to the world’s richest sports star, Phil Mickelson ranks 11th. He’s ahead of Kobe Bryant, he’s ahead of David Beckham, he’s ahead of Kevin Durant, he’s ahead of Lewis Hamilton,” Chamblay said. Icons in sports that are more popular around the world than golf. However, why do golf have four of the highest paid athletes of all time? Why is Phil Mickelson ranked 11th, in terms of the stratosphere he occupies, as an athlete…athletes who earn less money than him but play a sport that is more widely popular? why is that? It’s because of the golfer’s image.
“Because of their independent contractual nature. Because they show and play, in general, a game of self-control and self-control. It’s a game of integrity. That’s because companies want to take sides with these players. It’s because of the philanthropic aspect of golf.”
“So when I hear these players say they are ‘developing the game’… it makes me want to vomit. They are ruining the game. They are ruining their reputation.”
He concluded: “This is one of the saddest days in the history of golf. Watching these players come together for money and show the world… they’re showing us that they are the most greedy, self-serving, self-conscious, purposely blind players in the world of golf today.”
In short, Brandel will go to Brandel and not pull any punches. Chamblee picked up where he left off Monday during Live From the US Open on the Golf Channel. Much of his stinging criticism was directed at Mickelson, who was said to have jumped to the Saudi League for $200 million.
On Mickelson’s performance in his pre-tournament press conference, Chamblee said: “He’s suffering from the consequences of a decision he made that some thought was taking the flamethrower to the PGA Tour. To my count, there were 22 questions and not a single question about him being the greatest champ of all time, and no question. One about trying to complete his career at the Grand Slam. It was all about his decision to join the league which I think many see as an attempt at hostile possession.”
Phil Mickelson speaks at a press conference at the US Open at The Country Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
Chambly noted that Mickelson, who broke off the scene with his “pop collar, sugary smile and playing with so much joy for golf” had changed. Chambley highlighted an incident dating back to the 2014 Ryder Cup that gave golf fans an early peek into the character of a man who would be willing to sleep with people that the man described as “the scary mother.”
“He’s been very successful in the media at manipulating how far he can, but there have been moments over the years where he’s been terrible in the media. Most notably in the 2014 Ryder Cup, where we came in with a real look at Phil Mickelson. Machiavelli? Certainly Chambley said Blaming Tom Watson for his failure in the Ryder Cup, then when asked after he literally denigrated one of the game’s greats in front of the entire world by a member of the media, why would you do such a thing? He almost acted incredibly and said, “How can you take what you just did as discrediting Tom Watson?” Everyone in that room knows what they’re seeing. It was disingenuous at best, but the scammer describes it more accurately.”
“Nothing I’ve seen from Phil Mickelson has changed from that moment to this moment,” Chambley added. “It turns out that when you’re trying to sell a lie, it’s hard to speak with a great deal of ease and ease.”
Shamble has spared two other runaways for LIV, including Bryson DeChambeau, calling out his inconsistent comments and giving the 2020 US Open champion the all-time hit.
Bryson DeChambeau plays a shot during a practice run before the US Open at The Country Club on June 14, 2022 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. (Andrew Reddington/Getty Images)
“Recently, he’s been talking about how he found God and became a Christian, and I just wonder how he wins by accepting money from an anti-Christian regime,” Shamble said. “You can’t get the Bible out of Riyadh without going to jail. They are misogynistic, anti-Semitic and there is no freedom of speech. He talks about his charities, about coming home to do things, but at the same time he takes money from people who persecute the things he claims to defend.” It’s charities. That’s where the money comes in. He says he’ll have a new legacy. He’ll definitely have a new legacy, and it’ll be smeared as an untouched 100-year-old silver cup in a cupboard.”
This is the suspension type of golf media geared towards the badly missing player. Later, when Jim Gallagher, Jr. noticed that everyone had a price, Champell returned to the comment and said, “I would not think. I would like to think that there are a lot of people out there who have enough money to say no. There are a lot of people who have said no. … Rory (McIlroy) said No. Justin Thomas said no. I don’t believe $200 million, I don’t think $500 million, I don’t think a billion dollars is going to make Rory say yes. I don’t think he will.
“Did they expose a weakness? Yes OK. A lot of people can make enough money to not care about how their wives are treated in Saudi Arabia, not care how women are treated in Saudi Arabia, not care how gays are treated, not care about the people who They have no interest. Freedom of speech and no real freedom at all. There are people who will take enough money to turn a blind eye to it. But there are a lot of people who I think say wait a second, if you want to make this round, let’s see a real fix, Let’s see a real thoughtful reform Let’s hear from the women of Saudi Arabia Let’s see their pictures in reality in Riyadh without the burqa Let me see them driving Let’s see them go out on a date Let’s see them play golf Let me see real thoughtful reform Let me see freedom of speech
“It would never happen there. Certainly not under Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. He could not be more repressive. He could not be more in favor of centralizing power within himself to an extent that has not happened in Saudi Arabia. There is no evidence of reform in That country. Zero, other than his words, were almost as empty as Phil’s words at his press conference.”
This is as good as it gets from a golf analyst giving a group of pampered and well-compensated golfers some grief for selling and supporting their sports wash.
Chamblee also praised the high drama and athletic battle that was the final round of the RBC Canadian Open between eventual champion Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau.
“It’s one of the most important victories in the history of the game,” Chamblee said. “It was as if they had taken it upon themselves to say that this is the highest goal of the sport, and that what great competition looks like. It was as if they were saying to themselves that we are not in our watch, we are going to do one heckuva to remind you just how competitive the PGA Tour was and what it was him all these years.”
“Live from the US Open” kicks off this week, but Chamblee has already shown he’s ready to tackle the tough topics that rock the golf world and isn’t afraid to call them what he sees.