Tiger Woods announced today that he and his longtime caddie, Steve Williams, have gone their separate ways. This does not look like it was an amicable split, as you can see below what Williams’ reaction was to Tiger’s decision.
Well, I certainly didn’t see that one coming, did you? Their partnership began in 1999 with Williams on hand to see Tiger win 13 out of 14 championships. Williams was also there for his friend during Woods’ sex scandal, but now things have come to an end. Will their friendship remain intact? Woods said on his website:
“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.”
Williams’ response via his own website:
“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.”
Williams reportedly was let go at the AT&T National a few weeks ago. He told Brian Wacker of PGATOUR.com that he had a hunch he was going to be dumped, saying, “Sometimes you get an inkling something’s going to happen. One of my strengths as a caddie is the psychology of players and I just had a feeling things were not right. I’m not sure why, really, but I did.”
What’s next for Williams? He’s already found himself another golfer, that in the likes of 31-year-old Australian Adam Scott. Williams caddied for him at the US Open, but asked Woods first if it was okay. Woods said yes but reportedly he had changed his mind. According to FOX Sports, a source revealed that Williams was informed he should not caddie for Scott, but he had already told the golfer that he would and went ahead and did so. Scott didn’t make the cut. Fast forward to the AT&T National, where Williams once again caddied for Scott, only this time he didn’t inform Woods. That, my friends, reportedly was the beginning of the end.
No word on who Tiger has chosen to caddie for him… Thoughts?