Brandel: 80 Percent Chance Tiger Plays Ryder Cup


It didn’t take very long for Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee to reverse course on his Tiger Woods predictions.


In November, Chamblee sat down with and in no uncertain terms told host Ryan Asselta that no, Tiger Woods will not be competitive again on the PGA Tour following four back surgeries, a scandal and a bout with the chipping yips.

It didn’t take Chamblee very long to admit he was wrong, and on the Golf Channel Podcast out this week with Will Gray, Chamblee all but guaranteed that if healthy, Woods is a lock to make the 2018 Ryder Cup team as a player. 


Here’s what he had to say.

“My guess is he’ll get pegged as a player and his responsibilities as a vice captain will sort of slip to the side,” Chamblee answered. “They’ll find another vice captain. Although, he and Phil and Furyk, they’re the leaders whether they’re playing or not.”

After some discussion about other emerging leaders in the U.S. team room and the strength of the new-look European side, Chamblee was prodded to provide the percentage chance that Woods does wind up playing in Paris.

“Oh … 80 percent chance he’ll be playing on the team,” he said. “If the Ryder Cup were played next week, he’d get picked based upon what he did at the Honda, based upon who he is and what he did at – if he had yucked it around like he did at Farmers at Honda and finished [23rd like he did at Torrey], he wouldn’t have got picked. But he looked … he looked like a badass at Honda. He looked like ‘Tiger Woods: Badass.’ And with the exception of Sam Burns, nobody really played particularly well when they were playing with him.


“So I think he’d get picked. There’s only eight that are going to make the team. They’re going to have four picks. There is nobody that is going to say, ‘Hey, let’s not pick Tiger Woods.’

“And the only reason [I didn’t say 100 percent] is because there’s a 20 percent chance that something happens to him physically, I would say. Who knows? There were times where he looked a little fragile to me, bending over to tee a ball up. He didn’t look 22 years old when he was teeing his golf ball up. Now, he looked 22 years old when he was swinging at it. But he didn’t look 22 years old when he was teeing the ball up.”

You can listen to Chamblee’s entire conversation with Gray below.



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