August 11, 2010
This is what passes for a brawl in golf: Announcer Jim Gray and 2010 Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin apparently got into a heated exchange Wednesday over -- yep -- Tiger Woods. Just like Elin and the other ladies!
Anyway, here's the story. At issue was a Golf Channel report on Tuesday in which Pavin expressed his intentions regarding Woods' placement on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The top-eight U.S. players make the team, with the remaining four selected by Pavin. Woods has a difficult battle to make it into the top 8, but could be a captain's pick.
And as Gray reported, Pavin said he'd be picking Woods no matter what: "Of course I'm going to. He's the best player in the world."
Trouble is, Pavin doesn't remember it that way. On his Twitter page, he wrote, "For the record, @golfchannel and Jim Gray has misquoted me re: picking Tiger. I never said such a thing and will not say a thing until 09/07" -- that being the date after the Deutsche Bank Championship.
After Pavin's press conference Wednesday, things then got ugly. Gray apparently approached Pavin and called him a "liar," further saying "you're going down," according to Tweets from eyewitness Steve DiMeglio of USA Today.
Pavin later reaffirmed his side of the story, saying Gray was "just trying to get a story out there. But when you start making stuff up, it makes me mad. And of all the people I know in the media business, he would not be my first choice to tell that to. He wouldn't be my second or third or fourth choice, either. And you can quote me on that."
Golf fight! Golf fight! And, as with everything in golf these days, it's all Tiger's fault.