In the wake of Adam Scott’s first win with him on the bag, Steve Williams has revealed exactly why Tiger Woods fired him.
It was the most published split in golf since Tiger and Elin got a divorce, and it seems we weren’t told the whole story.
Williams took exception to the notion that he was fired face-to-face.
“That’s incorrect,” Williams said after he had helped Adam Scott win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “He told me over the phone. He said we were taking a break. In caddie lingo, that means I was fired.”
Williams did admit that he met Woods a few days after the fact, “but only so he could explain why I was fired.”
And then the big question everyone wanted to know, why was he fired?
“Because I worked for Scotty,” Williams said. “Plain and simple.”
The story behind Woods sacking Williams
When Woods re-injured his knee and Achilles tendon in the Masters, it left Williams twiddling his thumbs waiting for Woods to recover. Then Williams, thinking Woods was going to be playing the US Open, flew into the State from New Zealand only to discover Woods had withdrawn.
Obviously that unsettled Williams a bit, firstly because Woods hadn’t bothered to tell him before he told the press and secondly because he was now in America without a bag to carry.
That’s when Scott came along and asked Williams to caddie for him in the US Open. Woods sent a text message saying that it was ok, but then, according to Williams, tried to block the union later.
But Williams had already committed to Scott and wasn’t going to leave him in the lurch, and it was all downhill from there.
Definitely not a mutual agreement
When the most successful partnership in golf split, we were told it was amicable and a mutual decision, but the subsequent events have proved those initial statements false and things are starting to get ugly.
Williams didn’t hold any punches after he and Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational either.
“This is the most satisfying win ever,” Williams said. “I’m not denying that.”
"I've been caddying for 33 years, 145 wins, and that's the best week of my life," Williams said.
Scott apparently tried to enlist Williams' services before the US Open for the Colonial tournament, “but Steve had already flown back to New Zealand.”
And said that Williams’ availability at the US Open was, “fortunate for me.”
Williams' new popularity with crowd
Williams has also been enjoying his elevated standing with galleries since his split from Woods. He has even become a bit of a crowd favourite with chants of, ‘Ste-vie Wil-liams . . . Ste-vie Wil-liams . . . Ste-vie Wil-liams,’ following him around the course.
Which I’m sure is a welcome change to his reputation as a bully when he was with Tiger.
“The people here have been astounding. This has been the greatest week of my life as a caddie,” Williams said.
Scott laughed when he was asked if he had ever heard a crowd cheer for a caddie before and joked, “I had no idea how popular a New Zealander can be,” Scott said. “They appreciate him a lot, I guess.”