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It seems Brandel Chamblee has figured out he put himself in a corner. And only he can figure out a way to get him out of it. The brouhaha was self-created as he took to task the best player in the game in a golf.com column not that long ago. Now Chamblee says he should have listened to his editor, who asked him to rewrite it as well as his son. “I have a 45 minute drive to and from the school every day. So we've had a lot of time to talk about this as he and his buddies have read almost all of this online. And at one point in one of those drives he looked at me and he said, ‘Dad, if you'd been more diplomatic in what you wrote, perhaps people would be talking more about the issue than your assessment.’ He's a smart kid. And it wasn't until after he said that that I offered my apology on Twitter. Maybe I should have let my son read this column before I hit send on the email,” Chamblee confessed on the Golf Channel. Divine intervention wouldn’t you say from an unlikely source!

Earlier in the week, Tiger Woods put it on Chamblee’s employer to more or less reign in its lead analyst. Rory McIlroy is on the record siding with his Nike Golf stable mate prior to Chamblee taking to the airwaves in Orlando to offer his mea culpa that only stated he made a mistake and did not reiterate his apology issued on social media. 

Let’s get down to the brass tax on this shall we. Safe to say, Chamblee earns a handsome living working for the Golf Channel. Perhaps even more than what he did during his playing days. That doesn’t require a leap of faith even in these economically rugged times. Nevertheless, he pushed the envelope and in turned it pushed back. The so-called innocent bystander in all of this is his employer, the Golf Channel. In an effort to make peace so we can all get along (never going to happen but that’s a story for another day) its clear Chamblee had a “Come to Jesus” moment. Whether it was delivered through his son’s remarks or not is frankly irrelevant. He realized his gig could be in some jeopardy if something wasn’t done about it since his TV pals were quickly becoming potential collateral damage.

Perhaps in an effort to extend an olive branch to his television employer, Chamblee confessed, “Tiger and his camp, they're upset at Golf Channel; they specifically called Golf Channel out. And to me they're barking up the wrong tree. This column appeared on Golf.com, nobody here at Golf Channel knew anything about it and my editor at Golf.com asked me to rewrite the ending when I sent it in to him. I wished I would have listened to him. But all of this has made me realize that there is a conflict and a confusion when you work for one company and write for another. So going forward, I'm not going to be writing for Golf Magazine beginning next year. I'll be writing exclusively for GolfChannel.com, (NBCSports.com). And you know, that way if Tiger and his camp have an issue with something I write, they will at least be yelling at the right people.” Slightly cavalier, shall we say, that Chamblee is making an effort to correct Tiger and in the same breath suggest he won’t pull any punches in the future. Meanwhile, he knows where his bread is buttered and that is on television.

Now that Chamblee has had his moment, the Golf Channel can go back to Tiger’s camp and say we did our part. It also has Chamblee exclusively starting 2014. Will it be more hands on with him in the future (not quite NSA like) whenever his passionate displays emerge? It’s a fine line to walk for both Chamblee and those that sign his paycheck. It likely won’t make much difference to Woods. But the other show ponies might tread carefully at least in the near term. Meanwhile, its highly doubtful that the Golf Channel will be granted any additional access to the world #1 player, despite its attempts to have its lead analyst put out the fire he created.