PGA of America: Chamblee’s comments ‘offensive, sexist and disgraceful’

PGA of America officials on Thursday blasted Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee’s recent remarks as “offensive, sexist and disgraceful.”

Chamblee, 57, made controversial comments about the golf instruction industry in an interview with Golfweek.

“The teachers are being exposed for their idiocy,” Chamblee said. “They completely spread this flawed philosophy through all of teaching and all teachers stuck to that ideal and all teachers taught flawed philosophies and these philosophies finally got b—- slapped by reality.”

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh and president Suzy Whaley responded to his comments and choice of language with a letter to the editor at Golfweek.

“In good conscience we cannot allow Brandel Chamblee’s comment in a Golfweek interview on March 25 that golf instruction has been ‘b—- slapped by reality’ be allowed to stand without comment,” they wrote. “It is offensive, sexist and disgraceful. Using such crude and hateful language is abhorrent in any context and in this case a direct contradiction to the countless programs and initiatives those in the industry provide to ensure everyone feels welcome in golf.”

“Using such crude and hateful language is abhorrent in any context and in this case a direct contradiction to the countless programs and initiatives those in the industry provide to ensure everyone feels welcome in golf,” the letter continued. “Chamblee is certainly entitled to his own opinion, but it is unfair to paint all instructors with the same ugly brush.”

Chamblee apologized for his language Wednesday on Twitter.

“I sincerely apologize for an unfortunate choice of words in the Golfweek interview,” he wrote. “While the phrase was meant to mean harsh criticism, seeing words in black and white make you realize different contexts. Either way this was a poor choice of words and I apologize.”

Chamblee, who played on the PGA Tour from 1985 to 2003, posted his only win on the PGA Tour at the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open. He shared the first round lead at the 1999 Masters.