Golf Pro, Reporter in Angry War of Words Over Tiger Woods

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:13 AM CDT
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ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 17: Tiger Woods of the USA walks off the 10th tee during the third round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 17, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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Jim Gray, the sports reporter who was last seen playing footsie with LeBron James, is showing his other side to U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin in a spat over Tiger Woods.

An angry Gray confronted Pavin after a news conference, calling him a liar and jabbing his finger in the golfer's chest after Pavin told reporters Woods would have to compete for a spot on the U.S. all star team. Gray had earlier reported that Pavin told him privately that Woods was a shoo-in.

Pavin said Gray called him "a liar" and said, "You're going down," during the confrontation. Pavin tweeted that Gray had misquoted him.

Gray, a longtime sports reporter who lobbed softballs at James in the ESPN special "The Decision," in which the NBA star announced he was "taking his talents" to Miami, stood by his story. He reported that when asked if Woods would be on the team, Pavin replied, "Of course I'm going to. He's the best player in the world."

"And quite frankly, I happen to like Corey Pavin," Gray said. "I've known him an awfully long time, and in this instance, he is being disingenuous and is not telling the truth."

Pavin remained angry at Gray after the confrontation.

"He called me a liar, which is one thing I don't do," Pavin said. "I said he was full of something. I'm not going to have someone call me a liar."

Pavin said he has not decided who will represent America and wouldn't tell Gray if he had. Woods would have been guaranteed a spot in past years, but his game has suffered horribly in the wake of his personal problems.

"Of all the people I know in the media business, he would not be my first choice to tell that to," Pavin said. "He wouldn't be my second, third or fourth choice, either."


Selected Reading
: The Golf Channel, Ryder Cup, The Associated Press

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