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Brandel Chamblee is a strolling, speaking U.S. Open encyclopedia

I’m not, in any respect, an professional on Brandel Chamblee’s day-to-day schedule, however I can let you know one thing about his whereabouts from mid-Could by the top of Memorial Day, and I share them right here as a result of they’re so telling.

Chamblee, the NBC Sports activities golf analyst, who will probably be working this week’s U.S. Open from a perch above Pinehurst’s 18th inexperienced, was in Louisville for the PGA Championship. He went dwelling in Scottsdale for just a few days after which went on temporary however irresistible boys-will-be-boys multi-state golf journey. He returned dwelling once more for just a few days, wakened early on Memorial Day and flew from Phoenix to Philadelphia, en path to the Marriott in downtown Lancaster, Pa., and U.S. Girls’s Open on the Lancaster Nation Membership. However earlier than heading there, my colleague Darren Riehl (the producer of this sequence) and I took Brandel on an afternoon-into-evening tour of some U.S. Open backyard spots, Philly-style.

There’s lots you possibly can take from that two-week snapshot however let me counsel this: The person is on the entrance door of 62, he’s been immersed within the recreation for nearly 50 years — and my sense is golf has by no means meant extra to him than it does now.

Our first cease was the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. We went there to see Willie Anderson’s gravesite. It’s possible you’ll know that Willie Anderson was a Scot who gained 4 U.S. Opens. I instructed Brandel that the boxing legend Joe Frazier was additionally buried at Ivy Hill. He knew. Brandel instructed me that the tennis legend Invoice Tilden was buried on the Ivy Hill. I didn’t. The issues this man is aware of.

brandel chamblee and michael bamberger in the latest spisode of golf originals
Chamblee, left, and Bamberger on the Ivy Hill Cemetery.

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Brandel talked about Anderson with such depth you may need thought Willie A. was a golfer Chamblee noticed as schoolboy golfer in Texas. Anderson gained his Opens in 1901, ’03, ’04 and ’05. It frustrates Chamblee that so little is thought about Anderson’s swing, to say nothing of his GIR stats.

Chamblee is a golf authentic, and a GOLF Authentic, the fourth in our month-to-month lineup that, up to now, has introduced you David Feherty in March, Tom Doak in April, Mike Whan in Could and now Chamblee. No one has ever mixed an encyclopedic information of golf historical past with a capability to research swings and information as Chamblee does. If you wish to know extra about fashionable golf and the way it’s performed, you actually ought to learn Brandel, take heed to Brandel and watch Brandel.

“Golf will get in your blood,” he says right here, on this 25-minute GOLF Originals mini-doc video that reveals sides of Brandel Chamblee you don’t get to see in his common Golf Channel appearances. “You may’t get away from it,” Chamblee says right here of the sport. You may’t get away from it, and Chamblee doesn’t need to, anyhow. His Could itinerary, and all the pieces he shares on this video, will let you know that.

We went from Anderson’s gravesite to Merion’s thirteenth tee to the green on the Philadelphia Nation Membership the place Byron Nelson holed a 1-iron on his option to successful the 1939 U.S. Open. Chamblee knew Byron Nelson. He didn’t know the Philadelphia Nation Membership, with its hilltop tees and in-the-valley greens. (The stroke-play portion of the 2026 U.S. Beginner will probably be performed there and at Merion.) You can sense Brandel’s pleasure, strolling the course the place Nelson gained his lone Open and Sam Snead blew his greatest Open likelihood with a fourth-round triple bogey.

A split image of Gary Koch, Brandel Chamblee and Roger Maltbie.

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I really like the truth that Chamblee made our rounds in Philadelphia sporting a tailor-made blazer, a nod to the manners of a few of his forebears, most notably the professional Chamblee most brings to thoughts, the urbane Dave Marr, a fellow Texan with Manhattan sensibilities.

Brandel is aware of what number of U.S. Opens Snead would have gained or performed off for the title had he shot last-round 69s. He is aware of as a result of he appeared it up and shared it with us as we took within the Nation Membership. A child performed by us. His swing pace was astonishing. His grip was, too — wildly sturdy. Chamblee watched with one thing like marvel.

Brandel Chamblee has sturdy and knowledgeable opinions about LIV Golf, the proposed golf-ball rollback, the sanctity of golf’s rulebook, and we, as extraordinary golf-on-TV viewers, are fortunate to have them. However what we see right here is the roots of all of it, his deep, nice immersion on this recreation.

“Day by day to get up, and have some function, that retains you going?” Chamblee says. “It’s a present.”

Chamblee has stated one million of phrases over numerous broadcasts over the previous 20 or extra years. He would possibly say one million extra. These two sentences, shared with us on a fairway on the Philadelphia Nation Membership, need to reside eternally.

It was previous 8:30 p.m. when Chamblee left Philadelphia Nation Membership, and, after a roadside dinner as he drove west to Lancaster, closing in on midnight on Memorial Day when he made it to his resort. A couple of days later, I noticed him on the U.S. Girls’s Open. I apologized for the way lengthy we had stored him. “I loved it,” he stated. I don’t suppose he was being well mannered. He performed in six U.S. Opens. He’s been a part of a broadcast workforce on one other 20 or extra. He had by no means been to Willie Anderson’s gravesite. He had by no means been to the Nelson plaque. He was studying stuff. He’s at all times studying stuff. This week, he’ll put that information to good use.

Michael Bamberger welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

Michael Bamberger

Michael Bamberger Contributor

Michael Bamberger writes for GOLF Journal and Earlier than that, he spent almost 23 years as senior author for Sports activities Illustrated. After school, he labored as a newspaper reporter, first for the (Martha’s) Winery Gazette, later for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written quite a lot of books about golf and different topics, the newest of which is The Second Lifetime of Tiger Woods. His journal work has been featured in a number of editions of The Greatest American Sports activities Writing. He holds a U.S. patent on The E-Membership, a utility golf membership. In 2016, he was given the Donald Ross Award by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the group’s highest honor.



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