Category: Steve Williams


August 30, 2013

Woods, Williams move beyond bad blood

Posted at 11:13 AM by Pete Madden

Woodswilliams_rosskinnairdgettyThe longstanding feud between Tiger Woods and his former caddie, Steve Williams -- who parted ways rather messily in 2011 after 12 years and 13 major championships -- is over.

A day before Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson teed off together to start the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, Williams told Robert Lusetich of FOX Sports that "time heals all wounds."

"I was very hurt by what happened with Tiger," Williams said. "Hurt and very disappointed. I think it could’ve been handled differently ... But it’s been a couple of years and, as I said, time has a way of healing.”

It was Williams (seemingly fired for working with Adam Scott while Woods was injured) who approached Woods in the final round of the Open Championship at Muirfield in July to shake hands and make peace, ending years of silence.

Williams will be on Scott's bag in Boston as both Scott and Woods look to build on their success at the Barclays.

(Photo: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images)

February 18, 2013

They Said It! Butch on Tiger and Obama in Quotes of the Week

Posted at 5:03 PM by Mike Walker
Sergio_quote1. “I think obviously golf is great. We haven't really had anything going on. So we'll see, we started testing, what was it, 2008 I think, and nothing has really come around.”

--Sergio Garcia on performance enhancing drugs in golf

 

 

 

Brandtjobe_quote2.“Don't tell anybody, but we would jump the fence
and get in.”

--Brandt Jobe on watching Fred Couples win the LA Open at Riviera when he was at UCLA

 

 

 

Ernieels_quote3. “There's no data that really confirms that they have to ban it."

--Ernie Els on the USGA and R&A’s proposed ban on anchored putting

 

 

 

Fredcouples_quote4. “If I'm playing well, I can walk around this course and feel like I'm going to shoot par or very close to it every single time.”

--Fred Couples on playing at Riviera, where he’s won twice

 

 

 

Lukedonald_quote5. “I usually give him six a side and that's usually not enough for him.”

--Luke Donald on playing golf with Michael Jordan 

 

 

 

 

Doak_quote6. "I believe there's a wisdom within The Old Course that goes beyond what anyone today understands about golf course architecture."

--Golf-course architect Tom Doak on the R&A’s changes to the Old Course

 

 

Rayfloyd_quote7. “There are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term 'Hall of Fame.' I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame.”

--Raymond Floyd to Golf Magazine after announcement that Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie would be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame

 

Butchharmon_quote8. "The President said to Tiger: `The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.' You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw it out compliment."

--Butch Harmon on watching President Obama and Tiger Woods play golf together

 

Stevie_williams_quote9. “To be that good, that young, and that composed at that age is just incredible."

--Caddie Stevie Williams on fellow New Zealander Lydia Ko

 

 

 

Charliebeljan_quote10. “Thursday and Friday for me suck. I think they are boring. I don't enjoy them. Saturday and Sunday, that's what we wheel and deal.”

--Charlie Beljan on being in the hunt at Riviera on Sunday

December 21, 2011

The Top 20 Quotes of the 2011 Golf Season

Posted at 12:38 PM by Mike Walker

Listed in roughly chronological order...

Tiger-woods-spitting1. "It's disgusting what he's just done there. You look at his work ethic, and he's a credit to the game and an inspiration to all of us who are trying to be professional golfers, but some parts of him are arrogant and petulant. Somebody has to come on the green and maybe putt over his spit — it doesn't get much lower than that.” --Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray after Tiger Woods was shown spitting on the green at the Dubai Desert Classic. Woods was later fined by the European Tour and apologized for the incident.

 
 

Barack-obama-quotes-of-the-year32. "I'm glad he's out playing golf. I happen to be a golfer. I think presidents deserve down time. And believe me, he is in constant communication with what's going on." --Former Vice President Dan Quayle, on criticism of President Obama for playing golf

 

 

 

Ernie-els-tiger-woods-quotes-of-the-year23. “Tiger was the dominant player. He won 14 majors. Think about it, 14 majors, in such a short period of time. Who is ever going to do that again? Who knows? That is pretty dominating. So for us, myself, Phil, Vijay, Davis, Fred Couples, guys like that to have played under a guy who was that good, we took a beating, not only from him, but from you guys, too. It's been a tough -- it was a tough 10, 12 years for us.” --Ernie Els at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

 

Ryo-ishikawa-quotes-of-the-year24. “As my social status in Japan is getting higher, I believe that is one of the responsibilities, to provide for those people who are in need." --Ryo Ishikawa, on his decision to donate all of his 2011 earnings to earthquake relief in Japan

 

Jack25. "I’ve gone back and putted that putt a hundred times since. … [and] it’s never broken left again." --Jack Nicklaus at the 2011 Masters on his birdie putt on 17 at the 1986 Masters 

 

 

Rory6. “I hate that word. It's just a terrible word. It's not something you want to be associated with -- worst thing you can be called in golf, apart from ‘cheat.’” --Rory McIlroy, on the c-word –- “choke” -- after his final-round meltdown at the 2011 Masters 

 

Nantz7. “I still can’t believe, with just 45 minutes left in that broadcast, how many people could have conceivably won it. It was so exhilarating because that’s what you want—to have the chance to keep people on the edges of their seats. I can’t tell you how many e-mails I got from people saying, ‘I couldn’t even go to the bathroom. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to miss anything.’ ” --Jim Nantz, on Sunday at the 2011 Masters

 

Kaymer8. "You could see it a couple of weeks ago at The Masters. Tiger was playing fantastic the first nine on Sunday but there wasn't really somebody who was scared of him any more.” --Martin Kaymer after the 2011 Masters

 

 

Na29. “How are we going to count all the shots? I can’t keep track.” --Kevin Na, on his way to a 16 at the Valero Texas Open

 

 

 

 

Fowler210. "Our hat policy is the same as Augusta’s. Turn your hat around.’” --Quail Hollow member to Rickie Fowler

 

 

Rory-US11. "His swing is definitely better than mine was at the same age. But in '99 my swing came together, and I had a pretty good next two years." --Tiger Woods, on Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open win

 

Clarke12. “I can't f***ing hit it. I'm f***ing useless.” --Darren Clarke, on the putting green the week before winning the British Open

 


 

 

Stevie13. "I've caddied for 33 years, won 145 times and this is the most satisfying win of my career." --Caddie Steve Williams after Adam Scott won the Bridgestone invitational

 

 

Bones214. “I don’t have any.” --Phil Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay after being asked how many wins he has

 

 

Utopia215. "I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again." --Roger Ebert, on the golf movie Seven Days in Utopia




 

Donald16. "I don't recall ever saying the Tiger era is over." --Luke Donald after The Daily Express published a story with the headline, "Luke Donald: The Tiger Woods Era is 'Over' "

 

 

Phil17. "If it were going to be banned, it should have happened 20-plus years ago. But now that it's been legal, I don't think you can make it retroactive." --Phil Mickelson, on belly putters

 

 

 

 

 

Miller18. "Almost every guy who finished at the top of the leaderboard was in the top five in greens hit and ball-striking. To me, that's the ultimate.That's pure golf, not a bunch of scrambling crap." --Johnny Miller’s defense of the Cog Hill redesign after criticism from Phil Mickelson and others

 

Disney19. “I feel like even if I went to HSBC and won, they’d find another event to add.” --Luke Donald, on learning that the PGA Tour decided to include the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai in the Player of the Year vote after Donald won the money title


Jack320. “No. I make sure I remain totally illiterate in that state." --Jack Nicklaus after being asked if he tweets

 

 

 

All photos from the Associated Press, except for Johnny Miller (Getty Images)

 

November 29, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Nicklaus suggests changes to Gleneagles for Ryder Cup

Posted at 4:01 PM by Michael Chwasky

The European host of the 2014 Ryder Cup is taking preparations seriously, to say the least. Need proof? With the event more than three years away, none other than Jack Nicklaus has provided suggestions on course changes at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland, to make the event more difficult for the players and more entertaining for fans. Nicklaus wants work done on the ninth, 10th, and 18th holes, and the specific alterations are: an increase in the size of a water hazard on the par-5 ninth hole, which would increase the risk-reward quotient; new tee boxes on the par-3 10th, which will change the approach angle to the green; and a more level landing area on the par-5 18th. Organizers said they are also working to reduce the amount of water that might collect on the greens.

In light of the foul weather that plagued the last Ryder Cup, which was held at Celtic Manor in Wales, the 2014 event will be held Sept. 26-28 instead of October.  

Stevie appears on 'Least Influential' list

Adam Scott's current caddie Steve Williams has made plenty of news as of late, including some less-than-positive press after making a seemingly racist remark about Tiger Woods, his former employer. Now the New Zealand native is reaching a new audience, as he has landed on GQ's famed, "25 Least Influential People Alive" list. Yup, the guy who "won," all those majors comes in eighth on the impressive list, edging out the likes of Paul Reiser, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bobby Bonilla. Here's a bit from GQ's funnymen: 

"Obviously it's well documented I've won 145 golf tournaments." YOU WON NOTHING, YOU BAG APE. No one has documented anything about you, other than what a prick you can be when pushing photographers out of the way. There's nothing worse than a profoundly inessential person who's deluded himself into thinking he's the opposite.  

Knowing a bit about Stevie, we're guessing he won't be too bothered by the piece, but it would be interesting to know how he feels about being ranked below Tia and Tamera Mowry. 

Woodland heading for Ryder Cup?

After finishing 17th on the money list in 2011 with close to $3.5 million in earnings and snagging his first career win at the Transitions Championship, you'd think young Gary Woodland would be satisfied. Nope. To cap off the year, the former Kansas State standout traveled to China and won the World Cup with Matt Kuchar, marking the first time the U.S. has taken home the trophy since Tiger Woods and David Duval teamed up to win the event in 2000. 

Now that Woodland has finished off his dream season he's eyeing another goal he says he's always dreamed of -- playing in The Ryder Cup. 

Ever since I turned professional I have dreamt about being in a US Ryder Cup team and it now seems a big step closer. I had the goal at the start of the year to make the Presidents Cup. That didn't pan out but then Matt chose me to partner him in the World Cup and I could not have been happier. Europe has kind of had the States's number in most of the recent Ryder Cups but it would be nice to be in the team that win back the trophy on home turf. It's been a long while since the States had the Ryder Cup, World Cup and Presidents Cup in the same trophy cabinet but for me winning the World Cup is going to be a big inspiration to make the Ryder Cup team.

Woodland was also highly complimentary of Kuchar, whom he credits for helping him adapt to the team format. 

I've learned so much from playing alongside Matt and that's going to be a great springboard for me to take into 2012. He was always very positive, very encouraging and always very helpful in putting me at ease. It helps my confidence and it further boosts Matt's confidence given that he was also on the winning Presidents Cup side the week before. Hopefully both he and I can play well enough in 2012 to make Davis's side. I grew up watching the Ryder Cup and it would be an honor for me to play.

When you consider the would-be Ryder Cupper's PGA Tour stats from '11 (Driving Distance: 5th, Greens in Regulation: 12th, Birdie Average: 13th, Scoring Average: 14th), it's a good bet Woodland will be at Medinah next year: 

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November 15, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Dustin and Phil break up as match-play partners

Posted at 1:03 PM by Mike Walker

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are good friends whose practice-round money matches are often as entertaining as the tournament, but they won’t be paired together at this week’s Presidents Cup, Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday. Johnson and Mickelson lost both times they played together at the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Q. People were expecting more out of you and Phil, your partnership at The Ryder Cup; what happened there and did you expect to play with him again this week?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Me and Phil will not be playing together this week. We do better playing against each other than with each other. We are good buddies, we love playing with each other. But as far as -- you know, some people, you just don't -- as Phil put it, we didn't have that good energy.

Q. Is that because you're too similar do you think?

 DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, we are, we are very similar. Especially the way we play and stuff. So we just didn't quite mesh well. Best-ball format or something, I think we are all right, you know, we do better when we are playing against each other.

Q. Tiger said the same thing.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: (Laughing). He probably would. I think you've got to have fun. That's the biggest thing is you've got to have fun out there. You've got to enjoy yourself, whether you're winning or whether you're down, you've still got to have fun and you've still got to just -- you've got to get along with the guy you're playing with. You know, kind of keep your head up, no matter if you're winning or losing, you need to go out and have a good time. I think that's the biggest thing in having a partner, we are all very good and we can all play with each other. If you don't necessarily have fun with the guy you're playing with, then it's just not going to be a good day.

Q. Do you have fun together?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, we do, we have fun together, but we just didn't mesh well as partners. We mesh well as opponents.

Q. Any chance of being paired with Tiger?

  DUSTIN JOHNSON: That is a possibility. I don't know if we are supposed to be saying who we are playing with yet.

Q. What do you think that would be like?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Oh, it would be good. Obviously me and Tiger will be a great team if we do play together. It's up to Captain Couples whether he wants to put us together. But you know, anybody that plays with Tiger is going to be pretty good. He's playing well right now, hitting the ball great and driving it pretty straight. That's kind of what you have to do out here.

Steve Williams says his relationship with Tiger chilled after scandals
In an online video interview with Graham Bensinger, caddie Steve Williams said his friendship with Tiger Woods deteriorated quickly following Woods’s sex scandals in late 2009 and 2010.

“When we got back together at Augusta we didn’t click like we used to,” Williams said.

Woods fired Williams during the summer of 2011. Woods claimed he fired Williams in person, while Williams said Woods fired him over the phone. Asked about the different versions, Williams said, “I had my take on how it unfolded and he had his take on how it unfolded.”

You can watch the full interview below, but it took place before Williams's recent racial remarks about Woods at a Shanghai caddie banquet:

International Team bonds over bus breakdown
One of the disadvantages the International Team has in the Presidents Cup is that the team lacks the cohesion of the American side because the players come from so many different countries and they only play together once every two years. That’s why something like a team bus breaking down can help the players come together as a team. International team member Geoff Ogilvy explains:

Q. Just on one note away from that. Last night the restaurant bus, did you help direct traffic with Greg?

GEOFF OGILVY: Greg was out there, K.J. was out there. There were a few guys out there. It was very impressive. Quite a busy road near the city, Bridge Road. So you know where we were?

Q. Yeah.

GEOFF OGILVY: He was backing it out onto Bridge Road, which is quite impressive, and K.J. and Greg took control and played policeman and stood out in the road. The bus got out. It was very impressive, actually.

Q. How long did it go on for? Greg mentioned it in his press conference.

GEOFF OGILVY: 10 or 15 minutes it was one of those cool things that it was cool that it happened earlier in the week because everyone on the bus was laughing, and it's just going to be a funny story to tell along with a lot of other stuff that happens this week. It's fun that it happened early in the week, because it was a fun little incident.

Q. Team bonding too?

GEOFF OGILVY: I guess that's what happens when everyone gets out of the bus and kind of looks what's going on, and everyone gets back in the bus, and you back the bus up a 300 meter street back out onto a busy road. Guys jumping out of the bus and controlling traffic, it's a story to tell, isn't it?

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November 09, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Mickelson won't 'bite' on Stevie

Posted at 9:59 AM by Mike Walker

Almost three years before caddie Steve Williams made his ill-advised comments about his former boss Tiger Woods in Shanghai, Williams took a shot at Phil Mickelson, calling him a “prick” while at a function in New Zealand in December 2008. However, journalists were not able to get Mickelson to talk about Williams at the Barclays Singapore Open, where Mickelson is playing this week. The Times of India has the story:

Mickelson, who was famously described as a "right prick" by Tiger Woods's former bagman and ridiculed about his weight, first tried to dodge the question and then flatly refused to answer.

"I think it was a very sly way to draw me into that and very well done on your behalf. But I'm not going to bite," he told journalists ahead of the Singapore Open.

Mickelson, who hasn’t played competitively since the Tour Championship in September and has fallen out of the top 10, said he is looking forward to playing this week, according to CBS Sports.

"I've been back home practicing and playing for about a month, and I've been itching to play because I feel I've been playing well and shooting some low scores," Mickelson said on Wednesday. "I'm excited because I feel like I have some really good golf ahead of me."

Matt Kuchar says Greg Norman was a key mentor

For Matt Kuchar, playing in the Australian Open this week will bring back memories. In 2000, Kuchar played his first professional tournament here, and Greg Norman was one of his mentors. The Sydney Morning Herald has the story:

Norman has done so much for Australian golf but, on this occasion, he carved the path a certain way for the young American, who just before he turned pro was, like the Great White Shark, a Florida resident.

''I was spending a bit of time with Greg,'' Kuchar said. ''That was a really cool experience. Greg was great at giving back to the up-and-comers. He was great to me. And when I came down and made my debut down here [in the 2000 Open], I remember playing practice rounds with Greg. It was fun to watch, fun to be a part of, a learning experience.''

And while Kuchar will be playing for Team USA against his old mentor’s International Team at next week’s Presidents Cup, he doesn’t expect any bad blood.

''I saw him [on Tuesday],'' Kuchar said. ''We crossed paths. We stopped and had a nice chat.

''I don't think there is going to be any coldness between us. In the sport of golf you want everybody to play well. You want your best to be hopefully better than their best.''

Y.E. Yang says YouTube is his new swing coach

Y.E. Yang, one of the quirkiest and funniest guys on tour, said that he’s not working with a coach anymore. Instead, he’s watching swing videos on YouTube to improve. And he admits that might be the reason he hasn’t won this year. Here’s more from Agence France Presse:

 "I've tried to put a lot of methodology into it," Yang told journalists before the Singapore Open. "I've researched quite a few players, tried to emulate some of the good things that I see on YouTube. The swing plane, how I grab my club... those are probably the biggest changes.

"I've put more focus on the technical aspects of my game whereas previously I've been more of a feel player."

Yang said he was happy with his progress despite being on course for his worst season since 2008, the year before he made history by winning the 2009 PGA Championship.

"Throughout probably a year-and-a-half now I've been self-taught. I have no coach right now," he said. "Maybe it's because I've been teaching myself that I haven't had as good results as 2009, but I'm still confident and very satisfied with where I'm heading to."

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November 08, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Harrington says Williams decision is up to Scott

Posted at 1:50 PM by Mike Walker

Don’t count Padraig Harrington among those calling for caddie Steve Williams’s head following Williams’s racially insensitive remarks in Shanghai last weekend. According to The Telegraph (UK), Harrington said that the decision to retain Williams is his boss Adam Scott’s alone:

It really is up to them," Harrington said. "Caddies have changed hands for many reasons. Some very fickle, some very serious. "It's always much more to do with the player and the caddie and things going on. Unless you're involved you don't know what's happening."

But Harrington said he hoped Williams, who has apologised to Woods over the incident, was able to smooth over relations which have been rocky since their split this year.

"Hopefully for such a long relationship that they had together it would be nice if they could find some common ground," said Harrington. "You can't give up 13 years of your life. It was a great 13 years for both of them."

Nick Faldo pitches multiple designers for Rio Olympic golf course

The biggest names in golf are competing for the chance to design the new Olympic course for golf’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. However, Nick Faldo, a noteworty course designer in his own right, has proposed the course be a collaboration between all those top designers, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

How about 18 holes, 18 designers –- all major champions?

“I think it would be the one-off of all one-offs,” said Nick Faldo, winner of six major titles and the man who hatched the idea.

Certainly it would make a splash. Golf, which disappeared from the Olympic program after the 1904 Games in St. Louis, has the chance to commemmorate its return with a venue celebrating the game’s modern era.

“We’ve got a lot of global major winners, those who have retired and have their own design business,” Faldo said. “Make it like a mini-Hall of Fame. The important thing is to leave a legacy.”

Tiger chills out with Liz Hurley in Australia

Tiger Woods isn’t on vacation this week in Australia, but he’s been keeping a pretty busy social and business schedule as he prepares for this week’s Australian Open in Syney, according to The Australian newspaper.

He has spent recent days criss-crossing the country, playing golf with James Packer, helping out high rollers and catching up with old friend Shane Warne and his new partner, Liz Hurley.

But yesterday it was back to business for Tiger Woods. The world No 58 -- yes, the game's greatest player has fallen that far in the past two years -- stepped up his preparations for this week's Australian Open by playing a casual four holes at The Lakes in Sydney.

It's been a decidedly low-key lead-up for the 14-time major winner. Woods played two invitational events in Perth and Melbourne, where he was a guest of the Burswood and Crown casinos. In Melbourne, he attended the opening of Warne's new bar and renewed acquaintances with the former Australian leg spinner. 

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November 07, 2011

Woods: 'It was a comment that shouldn't have been made'

Posted at 7:57 PM by Cameron Morfit

Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods took the high road in making his first public comments about his embattled former caddie, Steve Williams, at the Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on Tuesday morning in Sydney.

“Stevie’s certainly not a racist, there’s no doubt about that,” Woods said in a packed press conference, which aired on Golf Channel Monday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. (Sydney is 16 hours ahead of the East Coast.) “It was a comment that definitely shouldn’t have been made, and he certainly regrets that comment.”

Woods said he and Williams met face-to-face in Sydney, Williams apologized and the two shook hands.

The former world No. 1 was seemingly the last person to comment on the inflammatory insult that stunned many. Williams was at a caddie awards ceremony in Shanghai when he was asked why he had celebrated so exuberantly after his new boss, Adam Scott, won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.

“My aim was to shove it up that black a------,” Williams said.

Although the event was billed as a bawdy roast in which all comments would be off the record, the racial comment—made into a microphone on stage, and in front of several players, media and others—made its way around the world quickly, first via Twitter and then with reports in two newspapers.

“It was hurtful, certainly,” Woods said. “But you know, life goes on.”

As for their relationship in the future, he added, “We’ll see what time does. As we all know time heals all wounds.”

Williams apologized on his website, and Scott, after his final round at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, said he believed the comment was taken out of context. That wasn’t good enough for many, who said he should fire the outspoken New Zealander. The PGA and European tours issued a joint statement condemning the Williams comment. Scott then issued his own statement, saying he’d asked Williams to apologize, he didn’t know what else he was supposed to do, and he considered the matter closed. Interviewed by a New Zealand radio station Monday morning, Williams called the uproar "blown way out of proportion" and "totally ridiculous."

The relationship between Woods and Williams was one of the longest lasting and most fruitful in the history of the game. They won 13 majors together, 85 times in total, with Woods earning more than $100,000,000 and making Williams a rich man. What's more, they seemed to be friends. Woods was in Williams's wedding, and the two had bungee-jumped and raced cars together.

But it all started to come apart when Woods's game soured after the sex scandal that began two years ago. He reinjured his left leg at the Masters in April, and Williams began to work for Scott while waiting for his regular boss to return. What seemed like a temporary assignment at the U.S. Open in June turned into more than that when Williams worked for Scott again at the AT&T National in July.

Saying it was simply time for a change, Woods fired Williams, who made no secret of feeling stunned and hurt.

That led to the caddie's strange rant on CBS after Scott won at Firestone, in which Williams called the victory the greatest of his career, and his ill-conceived comment while being cited for “celebration of the year” in Shanghai.

Although there was speculation that Woods and Scott would be in the same group for the first two rounds in Sydney this week, tournament officials now say that won’t happen. The two players could still end up seeing plenty of each other at next week’s Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

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Truth & Rumors: Williams calls backlash "ridiculous"

Posted at 12:37 PM by Mick Rouse

Caddie Steve Williams called the backlash over the racially insensitive remarks he made about his former boss Tiger Woods over the weekend "absolutely ridiculous" in an interview with New Zealand's Newstalk ZB radio on Monday morning.

"It's kind of like a locker room environment—everyone's just having a good time. My comments were by no means the worst comments that were passed. There was a lot of profanity and a lot of other kind of remarks, but just because I make a remark regarding my former employer, it gets blown way out of proportion and it's absolutely ridiculous."

During a caddie banquet in Shanghai, Williams was asked on stage why he gloated following Adam Scott's victory at the Bridgestone Invitational shortly after Woods fired Williams. He replied, "My aim was to shove it right up that black a------!" In the radio interview, Williams disagreed that "all the jaws dropped at the same time" as some reports said, and he cited a "difference of opinion" between those present at the banquet and media reports afterward.

"It was a fun sort of thing and everyone laughed their heads off. So, I mean, what you read is absolutely ridiculous."

According to a statement on his website, Williams's boss Adam Scott considers the "matter closed" and "will not be making any further comment" on the controversy surrounding his caddie. 

Greg Norman says Steve Williams is not a racist

Greg Norman said that his former caddie Steve Williams is not a racist, but that Williams's remarks about Tiger Woods in Shanghai were "stupid." Speaking with The Telegraph (UK), Norman said: 

"Steve's not a racist, not at all. We've all made stupid comments at stupid times, unfortunately his stupid comment became global news and I know he probably regrets it.” 

"But I guarantee you in that room, that night, there were some heavier things said." 

"Because of the temperature of what was going on between the two of them, anything that was said was going to exacerbate that feeling. I hope it gets resolved. Golf doesn't need it, golf needs Tiger back playing great golf the way he used to.” 

Norman is also openly supporting Adam Scott’s decision to keep Williams on his bag for the Australian Open and Presidents Cup and he doesn’t believe there will be any issues between Woods and Scott. 

"Adam's a professional. Whatever Steve said was Steve's opinion, not Adam's.” 

"Steve obviously does a great job for Adam because Adam's been playing some great golf since Steve's been on his bag. I don't think there's any issue between Tiger and Adam at all. 

And Norman doesn't expect fireworks when Woods and Williams eventually come face to face at either the Australian Open or President’s Cup.

"Does he [Tiger] like to hear the things that run around? No, of course he doesn't but he's a strong-minded professional and I don't see him having problems with it at all.” 

"He'll walk by Steve and who knows what happens? He'll have prepared himself in his mind much as Steve has prepared himself in his mind so ... it's all done, it's been said, it's in the past."

Tiger is scheduled to speak at a press conference in Sydney at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Monday (10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Syndey time). 

Tiger and Scott to be kept apart at Australian Open 

Unwilling to let the Australian Open turn into a “sideshow,” GOLF Australia officials have announced that they are consciously keeping Tiger Woods away from Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams when they sit down to make the pairings for the event. Brent Read of The Australian has the story

Golf Australia had already made the decision to keep Woods and Scott apart when they sit down to make their pairings for the opening two rounds of the Open, fearing Williams's presence would turn the entire event into a sideshow. There may be no avoiding it now. 

"It's such a great field," Golf Australia chief executive Steve Pitt said. "It's such a deep field. There are so many really good players who are playing. I don't think it will become too much of a distraction. 

"Certainly, once the tournament starts, it will look after itself. There has never been any plan to play Tiger and Adam together.” 

Reports indicate that Tiger hit the ball well after playing two corporate events in Perth and Melbourne. Pitt is hoping that Woods's strong play follows him to Sydney. 

"The people who have played with him say that he's driving the ball really well. They're all expecting him to play really well in tournaments again. We're hopeful he will do that." 

"It would be a huge result if he was to win the Australian Open for him and for the tournament to add him to that list of winners. I think the next time he wins is going to be a big deal, no matter whether it's here or somewhere else."

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November 04, 2011

Williams under fire again after racially tinged insult

Posted at 9:04 PM by Cameron Morfit

WoodsSteve Williams made news again with another derogatory remark about his former employer, Tiger Woods, at a dinner at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Friday night, and this time observers were abuzz over the racial nature of his intemperate comment.

According to the Telegraph newspaper, Williams was on stage and in front of a microphone to accept a caddie award at Le Meridien Sheshan hotel and lashed out when he was asked why he celebrated so exuberantly after his new boss Adam Scott's victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.

"My aim was to shove it right up that black -------," Williams was quoted as saying in the Telegraph. The comment surprised many and appeared in several tweets in the minutes immediately following the dinner.

Williams later issued an apology on his website.

"I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended."

Scott and Rory McIlroy were among the players in the crowd, according to the paper. Williams is scheduled to work for Scott at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia, where the International team will take on the Americans in two weeks. Woods, one of captain Fred Couples's wildcard picks, is also scheduled to compete.

Williams, who threw a photographer's camera into a lake and called Phil Mickelson a p---- during his years with Woods, is a well-respected veteran, but his latest outburst could create a dilemma for Scott, a mild-mannered Australian who already had to grin and bear Williams's strange interview on CBS after the Bridgestone.

"I have been caddying for more than 30 years now, and that is the best win of my life," the controversial caddie said in a not-so-subtle jab at Woods. And he was just getting started.

According to the Telegraph, that diatribe led to this one, as Williams was receiving a made-up award for "celebration of the year" when he made his latest inflammatory comments at Sheshan on Friday. Graeme McDowell tweeted that he had enjoyed a "great night at the #HSBC Caddy of the Year awards. Hilarious evening with plenty of banter. Some of it a little edgy!"

Woods won 13 of his 14 majors with Williams on the bag, but their partnership began to suffer in the wake of Woods's well-chronicled affairs and the golfer's subsequent nosedive between the ropes. Williams claimed he had no knowledge of his boss's secret life, but he was guilty by association in the eyes of many. What hurt even worse was that Woods and Williams commenced a year-and-a-half stretch of mostly lousy golf. For a player and caddie who had grown used to winning one of every three tournaments, it was an embarrassment.

With Woods sidelined after reinjuring himself at the Masters in April, Williams caddied for Scott--whose swing has at times resembled Tiger's circa 2000--at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in June. It was meant to be a temporary assignment, but Williams caddied for Scott at the AT&T National in July, and according to at least one published report, he did so without asking permission from Woods.

Williams claimed he was taken completely by surprise when he was fired, and was furious.

"You could say I've wasted the last two years of my life," he said in a television interview in New Zealand. "I've stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal."

After using friend Bryon Bell on the bag for the PGA Championship in Atlanta, where he missed the cut, Woods settled on Joe LaCava, another veteran.

Now it could be Scott and Williams who are looking for new business partners after yet another clear violation of the caddie credo by one of New Zealand's most famous sportsmen: Show up, put up and shut up.

(Photo: Shaun Best/Reuters)





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