Caddie Steve Williams loses the moral high ground

Just two weeks after being sacked as Tiger Woods's caddie, Steve Williams was the hard-done-by man in golf. But after helping Adam Scott to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his comments from the heart hasn't won him many fans. 

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© Aaron Josefczyk/ Reuters Steve Williams smiles as Adam Scott reaches the 18th green en-route to winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods has been the subject of many a jape since his personal matters got in the way of his career, but he, rightly or wrongly, decided to call time on their fruitful partnership which saw the New Zealander Williams caddie Woods to 13 of his 14 majors.

As Neil Cameron, The National's golf writer, wrote, the decision came out of the blue despite his professionalism as the American's bagman, which earned him an estimated Dh36 million over his career.

"While he could be blunt with the media, photographers and even fans when he felt they were making too much noise, few would suggest he was anything other than great at his job."

With Tiger perceived to be pretty much in the wrong in many of golf's circles, Williams was never going to be left out of the game, due to his talent, and the Australian Adam Scott took advantage.

And so on to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the scene of seven victories for Woods and Williams on the Firestone course. It was delicious that Williams had helped Scott to victory.

"It's the most satisfying win I've ever had, there's no two ways about it," Williams told reporters after Scott had clinched his first WGC title with a flawless five-under-par 65.

For some golfers and commentators, Williams had broken the unwritten rule of caddying.

Indeed, Williams was the man in demand, particularly in Akron, Ohio where he is notably popular around the course, but the matter can only intensify this week at the USPGA Championships in Atlanta.

Whether we get to the nub of the spat between Woods and Williams remains unclear, but Woods can go into the USPGA with a little bit of breathing room on the issue as he chases his majors dream.

Published: August 8, 2011 04:00 AM

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