In grade school, whenever anyone upset you or hurt your feelings, the ultimate comeback was, “Well, you’re not invited to my birthday party anymore!”
According to Steve Williams’ comments after caddying Adam Scott to a win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods will not be invited to Williams’ birthday party.
I truly am happy for Scott and Williams and because it was his first tournament after being fired by Woods, I recognize that it’s not your typical tour win, but Williams’ sneaky shots at Tiger are as immature as it gets. It’s time to put your big boy pants on and move on.
“It’s been the greatest week of my life caddying, and I sincerely mean that,” Williams said of this past week. “I mean, this is the most satisfying win I’ve ever had, there’s no two ways about it.”
Really? I find it hard to believe that Scott’s four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone invitational is the most satisfying win for Williams, who has been a caddy for 33 years and had a 12-year stint with one of the best golfers in history. In his 12 years with Tiger Woods, Williams caddied a total 72 total victories, including 13 major championships.
That’s right, Tiger Woods won the tournaments, and Williams was just the caddy. Take Tiger away from Williams’ side for the past twelve years and Tiger would still be considered one of the greatest golfers ever. Take Williams away from Tiger’s side for the past twelve years and Williams would be a nobody. A caddy needs a golfer, a golfer doesn’t necessarily need a caddy.
The fact that the crowd chanted Williams’ name as Scott and Williams approached the 18th green is pathetic and embarrassing. In a classless act, Williams stole the spotlight from Scott, who should’ve been talking about how sweet the victory tasted. Instead, Williams hogged the microphone and attracted all the attention.
I know, I know, it wasn’t Williams who had the microphones or asked the questions. Correct, but Williams could’ve been mature and put out the fire instead of fueling it with gasoline. Williams could have deflected questions about himself and directed them towards Adam Scott. A simple “the past is behind me and this is a great win for Adam Scott” would have been subtle and polite.
Williams claims the past two years of his life were a complete waste. What about the ten years previous when he got to reap the benefits of being the caddy for the best golfer in the world? How much money did Tiger make him? Obviously it wasn’t enough because Williams plans to write a tell-all book and spill all of his secrets. Too bad Williams lost all of his credibility when he claimed to not know anything.
Whether it’s Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, or whoever else Williams caddies for, in the end, it’s the golfer who makes the shots and hoists the trophies.
It was obvious that Tiger needed a fresh start, and based on Williams’ behavior since his firing, it’s obvious why he’s no longer with Tiger. When both their careers end, we will remember the Tiger fist pumps and forget the man holding his clubs.