Brandel Chamblee grew up in Irving, Texas and played golf on the MacArthur High School golf team. He graduated from MacArthur in 1980 then later attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was an NCAA All-American golfer. Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Brandel has three children: sons Brandel, Jr., Brennen, and daughter Bergen. A memorial playground at the Phoenix Children's Hospital is named in honor of his son, Braeden, who passed away as an infant.
Brandel earned his PGA Tour player's card in 1985. During his decade and a half career, he has one PGA Tour victory at the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open with a three stroke lead, and one Nationwide Tour victory at the 1990 Ben Hogan New England Classic with a one stroke lead. He shared a first round lead at the Master Tournament in 1999 and for six straight years was among the top-100 for money earnings on the PGA Tour. Brandel left the PGA Tour in 2003, and since then has worked as an analyst, television host and writer for NBC Universal's Golf Channel.