Jim Gray goes off on Corey Pavin at PGA Championship

KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 11: Corey Pavin, United States Ryder Cup Captain, speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 11, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

After Corey Pavin said that Jim Gray misquoted his comments about Tiger Woods having a guaranteed spot on this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, the two went at it at this week’s PGA Championship.

From ESPN.com:

“There’s nobody that’s promised any picks right now,” said Pavin, who later got into a heated exchange with Golf Channel contributor Jim Gray. Gray had first reported that Pavin, while in the Whistling Straits clubhouse Tuesday, said he had assured Woods a spot. “It would be disrespectful to everybody that’s trying to make the team. I’ve got quite a few people I’m looking at.

“I would not disrespect any of the players that are potential players on the team, and obviously there was misinterpretation of what I said.”

Pavin described Wednesday’s incident with Gray in detail. Gray approached Pavin after a news conference Wednesday, and they stood no more than a foot apart, facing off. Pavin’s wife, Lisa, pulled out her mobile phone and recorded the conversation.

“He went nuts when he came in here,” Pavin told reporters. “He said, ‘You’re going down,’ then he turned around and walked away and I’m like, ‘Down for what? You making stuff up?'”

Gray is turd, so it’s hard to take his side in this argument, but obviously he went with the Tiger story because Pavin either said or insinuated that Woods was guaranteed to make the team.

That said, why attack Pavin in a media room at the last PGA Major of the year? How about handling the situation with a little class and talking to Pavin on the side? ESPN reported this morning that Gray also included Pavin’s wife in the argument and if that’s true, that was highly unnecessary and uncalled for.

Had Gray just stuck by the story, he would have been better off. But instead he comes off looking like a slime ball – a role he’s played many times before in his career. (See “The Decision” interview with LeBron James as just one of many examples.)

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