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Golf Australia Express : Issue 16
Williams’ latest outburst will hurt golf. More tragically, it will hurt fans eager to see the match-up of Scott and Woods at the Australian Open—event director Tony Roosenburg has already explicitly stated that grouping won’t happen at The Lakes. And it’s not the first time Williams has been involved in controversy of his own making. He once kicked over a news photographer’s camera during a US Open, threw a spectator’s camera into a pond, and in 2008 Woods was forced to apologise on behalf of his former employee for calling Phil Mickelson “a prick” in a news interview. Since splitting with Woods, Williams’ ill-thought out form has continued. After Scott’s win at the Bridgestone Invitational in August—in what can only be called one of the strangest interviews in sport—Williams called it the best win of his career. You might have thought it was him who shot the final round 5-under 65 at Firestone. “I’ve caddied for 33 years—145 wins now—and that’s the best win I’ve ever had,” Williams told CBS Sports. His self-indulgence didn’t stop there. He went on to call himself a “good front-runner when I’m caddying”. While the latest controversy has put an immediate spotlight on golf, it’s not the kind of attention the game deserves, especially considering the exciting tournaments we’re about to witness here. After all, the game is bigger than Steve Williams, even if he doesn’t think so. OTG FEUD THE TIGER VS STEVIE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF A WINNING COMBO 1999 (Mar) Williams joins team Tiger after Woods sacks bagman Mike “Fluff ” Cowan (now Jim Furyk’s caddie). 2000 Tiger wins three of the year’s four majors and starts one of the most formidable player/caddie teams with Williams. 2001 (April) Tiger’s second Masters title makes it four majors since Stevie started looping for the world No.1. 2003-2004 Williams sticks with Woods through a swing and coach change (from Butch Harmon to Hank Haney) in a majorless period. 2004 (Oct) Tiger marries Elin Nordegren in Barbados on Oct 5. Williams is best man. 2006 (Jul) Tiger wins an emotional British Open two months after the death of his father Earl. Williams is there to console him. 2008 (Dec) Tiger issues an apology for Williams who called Phil Mickelson “a prick” in a news interview. 2009-2010 News of Tiger’s marital infidelities are widely exposed. Williams sticks by and defends his boss through the saga. 2011 (July) Tiger sacks Stevie citing it’s “time for a change”. Williams voices his disappointment and Tiger’s lack of loyalty towards him. 2011 (Nov) Williams tells guests he over-celebrated Adam Scott’s Bridgestone win to “stick it up that black arsehole”, referring to Woods.