KIWI caddie Steve Williams will now work fulltime with Australia’s Adam Scott after being axed by Tiger Woods.
Williams is not that happy about being sacked by Woods after 13 years of service, particularly after having stuck by him during his recent personal and injury problems.
However, the 47 year old said he was excited to be working with another Australian after starting his career with greats Peter Thomson and Greg Norman.
Williams has worked for Scott recently, carrying his bag at the US Open and British Open and that relationship will now be “permanent”.
The news comes as quite a shock to the golfing world as it means the end of one of the sport’s most successful partnerships.
Since his public “demise”, Woods as made wholesale changes in his personal life, his coach, his swing and elsewhere and now his loyal caddie is included.
Williams was Woods ever present sidekick for 13 of his 14 major victories and 63 of his 71 PGA Tour titles, earning an estimated $US4.73 million from tournament wins alone (at 5 percent of the prize money).
Williams reacted to the news with what was reported as “thinly-veiled fury”.
“I am no longer caddying for Tiger after he informed me that he needed to make a change,” Williams said. “After 13 years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock. Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.”
The upside will be for Scott, a golfer who of late has gained increasing confidence since turning to the broomstick putter and whose quest for his first Major can only be advanced by having the experience of Williams permanently by his side.
“I have had the opportunity to work of late for Australian Adam Scott and will now caddy for him on a permanent basis,” Williams said.
“Having started my caddying career with Australian great Peter Thomson and working for Greg Norman in the ’80s I am excited about the future working for another Australian.”
Woods confirmed the decision on his website, saying: “”I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change. Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”
The short announcement published Wednesday in the US concluded that: “Presently, a replacement has not been named. Woods continues to rest and rehabilitate his left leg. No decision has been made when he will return to competition on the PGA Tour. “