Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee made post-Presidents Cup comments suggesting Phil Mickelson as a corrupting force and noted Tiger Woods' lack of Cup passion should disqualify both from Captaincy consideration.
But as Big Lead's Michael Shamburger notes, both 2015 Presidents Cup lead driver Jay Haas and 2016 Ryder Cup head man Davis Love came to the defense of the legends.
From today's Morning Drive (full video below), Love offered this...
“If you’ve been paying attention to the last few Ryder Cups or Presidents Cups, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have become respected leaders of this team,” Love said. “Whether you’re playing in Korea or Medinah, these guys have stepped up to the plate and been leaders. So now the players respect them, they look to them for leadership and they’re expecting that in the future.”
“From what I’ve seen, they certainly have the passion,” Haas said on “Morning Drive” on Wednesday. “I couldn’t disagree more, not necessarily with Brandel, but with anyone that says Phil and Tiger don’t like these team events.”
Jaime Diaz also tackled Chamblee's comments for GolfDigest.com and concurred with the captains.
They are icons. Players of all ages remain in awe of their records. In the end, peers know better than anyone the full extent of a player’s accomplishments, and on that most important basis, Woods and Mickelson command immense respect. It’s always an honor to make a team. But playing on the first team captained by Tiger or Phil would be a special honor – and a motivator.
Even fellow Golf Channeler Matt Ginella took to Instagram to respond to Chamblee, posting an image from the 1999 Ryder Cup with commentary.
Chamblee isn't backing down, Tweeting this chart on player records to back up his view.
Chamblee also discusses Woods on this week’s golf.com podcast.