Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams is going to put Adam Scott’s clubs where Williams’ mouth is from now on.
Fresh off a set of critical comments about his former boss, who let him go several weeks before the World Golf Championship in Akron, Ohio, that Scott won, Williams has agreed to tone things down.
Caddies are not normally fodder for interviews. But the controversy surrounding the end of the 12-year partnership between Woods and Williams made the caddie a logical media target.
Williams obliged by calling Scott’s title last week “the most satisfying win of my career,” which includes 13 major championships and 72 total worldwide titles while carrying Woods’ bag.
Critics said Williams’ comments overshadowed Scott’s achievement, and the golfer apparently agreed. The two had a talk as Scott prepared for this week’s PGA Championship in Atlanta.
“Look,” Scott told reporters. “We’ve had a chat about the whole thing. I just took what he said as confidence in me. If he really feels that was one of his great wins, I’m kind of flattered and it fills me with confidence.”
Williams claimed Woods fired him over the phone, contradicting Woods’ story that he did it in person. The New Zealander told Fox-sports.com that, “Looking back on it, I was a bit over the top. I had a lot of anger in me about what happened, and it all came out.”
Williams’ glee was also fueled by the fact that his ex-employer finished 18 strokes off the lead.
“You hear people say, ‘How good are you now that you’re not caddying for Tiger,’ things like that,’” Williams said. “It makes you want to prove yourself.”
Now that Williams has won a title with another golfer, he’s assured the laid-back Scott that he’ll stick to business — without commentary.
“It’s time to move on,” Williams said. “The Tiger thing is over.”