Tiger, former caddie make amends following lengthy feud

Tiger Woods of the U.S. (L) shakes hands with his former caddie Steve Williams, after finishing his...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. (L) shakes hands with his former caddie Steve Williams, after finishing his final round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland July 21, 2013. (REUTERS)

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They haven't exactly kissed and made up but Stevie Williams' icy relationship with Tiger Woods has warmed considerably this summer.

Williams, who caddied for Woods during the heyday of the world No. 1's career before being fired in 2011, told Fox Sports he broke the ice while walking down the fairway during the final round of the British Open at Muirfield last month, a move that has made things more comfortable for both men. Williams now caddies for Adam Scott, who was paired with Woods at the Open.

"(Woods) asked me how the family was and I did the same. We just talked, you know,” Williams said. “At some point in time, I just felt we had to break the ice. Even with everything that happened, I still have the greatest respect for him. He gave me the opportunity to caddie for the greatest player who’s ever played the game and I’ll always appreciate that.

“There’s an old saying that time heals all. I was very hurt by what happened with Tiger. Hurt and very disappointed. I think it could’ve been handled differently. But it’s been a couple of years and, as I said, time has a way of healing.”

Although Williams was tight with Woods for 12 years -- he caddied for him from 1999 to 2011 -- their relationship was badly affected after they split. The two had not spoken since Williams was fired and they had little contact on the golf course, even though Woods has been paired with Scott a few times, including at the U.S. Open at Merion.

“I definitely got the sense at Merion that I was making Tiger uncomfortable and I thought about it after and decided the next time he and Adam were paired together, I’d say something to him,” Williams said.

Woods, Scott and Phil Mickelson, once another target of Williams, were grouped together for the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship Friday in Norton, Mass.

 


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