ADAM SCOTT and caddie Steve Williams have officially parted ways after a three-year partnership in which the Aussie golfer won the US Masters and achieved world No.1 status.
Scott made the announcement in a statement released this week.
“Steve has been an integral part of my team in a period where I have fulfilled some of my lifetime golfing goals,” Scott said. “His dedication and professionalism have been without question, and his friendship is highly valued. Our priorities and stages of life are different now, and so we decided that this is the best time to end our partnership.”
Scott hired Williams in 2011 shortly after Tiger Woods fired the Kiwi after winning 13 majors together.
Williams has said over the last year that he was planning on cutting back on his caddie responsibilities and spending more time at home with his family.
“After discussing this in detail with Adam it became evident that my plan was not going to fit with Adam’s requirements and so we decided to end our partnership,” the 50 year old Williams said. “Having caddied for the first Australian to win the Masters is a career highlight and a memory I will cherish forever. If the right opportunity arose I would consider caddying on a part time basis in the future.”
Williams began his career caddying for the likes of Peter Thomson and Ian Baker-Finch and was also Greg Norman’s regular caddie for a time.
Scott is yet to name a replacement and won’t play again until next month’s Japan Open. It is likely he will hire a caddie for events in Asia and Australia before making a decision on a full-time replacement for next season.