Everything you say can, and will, be used against you in the court of public opinion.
It’s about time golfers (celebrities in any realm, really) started to obey this mantra. The days of on-the-record and off-the-record conversations seem to be gone and with any little flippant remark likely to be recorded by some sort of media, it’s a wonder why anyone would say anything even remotely beyond the pale.
Sure, it makes a writer’s job boring with interviews now being mostly vanilla, but there’s the odd slip-up that really seems to cause a stir. They do not go unreported.
Just ask Sergio Garcia (racist remark).
Just ask Vijay Singh (implicated himself in drug scandal).
Just ask Tiger Woods (take your pick).
Just ask Brandel Chamblee (well documented Tiger-hater).
The latest war of words, between Woods and Chamblee, is more of the same – a kind of he-said, he-said public airing of the laundry.