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Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has continued beating on Tiger Woods by giving him an ‘F’ grade for the 2013 season.

Despite being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year and notching up five victories and banking over $2m more than his nearest rival, Tiger didn’t satisfy Chamblee’s high expectations who compared the World No 1’s season to a child who cheated on a math test.

“When I was in the fourth grade, I cheated on a math test and when I got the paper back it had ‘100’ written at the top and just below the grade, was this quote, ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!’ It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott, and my teacher's message was clear. Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of ‘100’, but this time with a line drawn through it and beneath that an F. I never did ask my teacher how she knew I cheated and I certainly didn't protest the grade. I knew I had done the wrong thing and my teacher the right, but I never forgot the way I felt when I read that quote.

“I remember when we only talked about Tiger's golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and ... how shall we say this ... was a little cavalier with the rules."

After that synopsis, Chamblee gave Woods a grade of "100" and then crossed out the "100" and gave Woods an "F."

Chamblee has been an outspoken critic of Tiger’s move to work with Sean Foley and widely criticised his putting this season, but many fans – and we’ll stick ourselves in this group – think that the former PGA Tour player has lost the plot here.

Yes, Tiger’s performances in Majors haven’t been his strongest but he has still dominated the Tour and this using a swing that he is clearly still trying to master.

Surely he can’t simply be judged by the amount of Majors he has or hasn’t won in a season? If that was the case you could say that half of his career has been poor and it’s also disrespectful to all the other players who compete week in, week out on the Tour.

It’s undeniable that Tiger does operate in a rarefied atmosphere, which few get to sample, but that doesn’t mean he is up there for people to take ludicrous potshots at.

Looking forward to the next press conference where these two meet.

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