|Tiger Woods' ex-caddie Steve Williams is interviewed after Adam Scott, his current employer, won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2011. (AARON JOSEFCZYK/Reuters)
Well, it’s good to see caddie Steve Williams is over getting fired by Tiger Woods.
After Williams helped Adam Scott win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Sunday, Williams extended what amounts to a verbal middle finger to his former boss, saying Sunday’s win was “the most satisfying win I’ve ever had. There’s no two ways about it.”
Williams was on Woods’ bag for 13 of Tiger’s 14 majors, so what he said pretty much dismisses everything he accomplished with the former world No. 1. It also ignores the fact that much of his notoriety as one of the game’s best loopers was directly the result of his association with Woods.
“I’ve caddied for 33 years, 145 wins and this has been the best win of my career,” said Williams, who leapt at the chance to get in front of a CBS camera on the 18th green seconds after Scott had holed out for his eighth victory on the PGA Tour. He talked about his confidence in being a frontrunner which seemed odd given it was Scott who hit the shots.
What does it say about the state of golf when the biggest rivalry is now between the 28th-ranked player in the world and a caddie?
The PGA of America then announced Woods’ press conference at the PGA Chamionship this week had been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.
After Sunday, the big question is when will Williams meet the media?
In the polite world of golf, where the only thing jarring these days is Rickie Fowler’s orange outfits on Sunday (he looks like he could be picking up trash beside the Interstate), Williams’ comments amount to a bench-clearing brawl.
Williams pretty much made himself the story -- usually avoided at all costs by caddies for whom the mantra is “show up, keep up, shut up.”
Tweeted former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger: “Steve Williams breaks the unwritten caddy rule, by talking to the press. Most don’t, a few do at times when appropriate. #notapopularguy.”
That Williams would do so speaks either to ego or reveals the depth of the emotion he’s still feeling about the parting of the ways. Williams said he was “shocked” by the firing after being “as loyal as someone can be,” while Woods battled through his sex scandal, ensuing divorce, a new coach, a swing change and injuries.
His reward was a Nike to the butt.
“I got short shifted,” he said Sunday. “I was told on the phone that we needed to take a break and in caddie lingo, that means you’re fired. Simple as that.”
Williams had fans chanting his name over the course of the week and after Scott sunk his final putt.
“Fans have been unbelievable. Its the greatest week of my life caddying and I sincerely mean that,” said Williams.
“I had no idea how popular a New Zealander could be, coming from Australia,” said Scott, who showed a lot of class with Williams stealing the spotlight. “Surprising.”
Scott avoided getting involved in the spat.
“That’s between those guys,” he said. “I’m not involved in it at all and they know that. I’m just out here to do my job. They’ll figure that out themselves. They’re both men.”
This would have gotten really interesting if the PGA had put Scott and Woods together for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship this week.
As it turns out, even when he finishes tied for 37th, Woods somehow becomes the story.
Given a caddie usually gets 10% of the winner’s purse, Williams was in for a $140,000 payday.
For finishing in a tie for 37th at 1-over par, Woods earned $58,500.
Williams also got his old boss where it hurts: At the bank.