Ah Steve Williams. The same man that made tens of millions of dollars working for Tiger Woods; who happens to be the same man that said “It was like I was his slave” and “I’ve been caddying for 33 years and this is the best week of my life” after one win with Adam Scott; yes that same man. Steve Williams is now alleging that Tiger’s Masters win was the first time he had watched golf in years and that he was happy for Tiger.

Save it Stevie.

In an article Williams penned for playersvoice.com (not to be confused with ThePlayersTribune.com) he went into detail about watching not only Tiger Woods but golf itself for the first time in years and the reasons why. The full article can be found here, but these are the pertinent quotes:

  1. Despite how things ended between Tiger Woods and myself, I wanted to see if he could make history by winning The Masters for a fifth time – and for the first time in 14 years.”
  2. “I wanted to see if he could make history all over again, so I broke the rule of a lifetime and turned on the TV to watch golf.”
  3. “I was impressed with how open and friendly he seemed. We all mellow with age – that’s part of the process of getting older but this was a significantly different Tiger.”
  4. “Back in 2010 when he returned to the public spotlight after his well-documented scandal, we had a deal that he was going to try to be more open and friendly with the fans – to be more respectful of the game and to be less bad-tempered. As much as he tried, it was hard for him to change his stripes so quickly.”
  5. “There’s now a very obvious change in his attitude and I think that’s got a lot to do with the passing of Arnold Palmer in 2016. Tiger was a huge fan of Arnold Palmer. He loved playing Arnold’s tournament at Bay Hill – and there was always added motivation for him to win there knowing that if you walked off the final green, Arnold would be standing there waiting to congratulate you – it was very special to Tiger. Arnold had so much charisma and time for the fans – and deep down I think Tiger wanted to carry on Arnold’s legacy”
  6. “Despite Tiger’s swearing and bad-tempered behaviour on the golf course, having fun was actually important for Tiger. He would constantly remind me it was, at heart, a game and that we were both fortunate to be doing what we loved. When he was playing badly, he would often joke, ‘If I keep playing like this, it’s going to be TW’s carwash and you’ll be the one polishing cars, Stevie.’ He knew life could be a lot worse.”
  7. “If Tiger looked into a crystal ball and asked, “Look, I’ve only got this many tournaments left to play – if you could give me a year in which I’ve got a great chance to catch up on what I’ve missed out on through injury, where would I get my chances?” The crystal ball would say: “OK I’ll give you the Masters, you always play well there. I’ll give you Bethpage Black – you like that course, it’s New York, it’s a long course, I’ll give you that. I’ll give you Pebble Beach – you’ve had great success there. And I’ll give you Royal Portrush – you’ve played there a lot en route to playing in the British Open, it’s a links course, you love links golf I’ll give you that and see how you go. So it would be of no surprise for Tiger to win multiple majors in 2019 and then that dream of his becomes absolutely doable.”

You self-serving son-of-a-gun! At every turn Steve Williams has distanced himself from any and all of Tiger’s misdeeds yet lumps himself in to many of the good times. He even openly admits Tiger liked to have fun on the course. You’re really going to say that man treated you “like a slave?” Saying that about anyone is ignorant, let alone a black man that has improved your life immensely and asked nothing in return but for you to do your job and keep quiet about it. But that’s not Stevie. Stevie is the kind of guy who chooses to bash his former boss at the first possible chance, as seen immediately after Adam Scott captured the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Think Adam liked the story being about his caddie and not him getting one of the biggest wins of his career? Doubtful.

At least one can make the case those moments were in the past. Maybe, just maybe, years away from the game did Steve and his ego some good. Or so I thought. This whole piece rubbed me the wrong way, but these three quotes in particular display the fragile ego of Steve Williams.

  • “Back in 2010 when he returned to the public spotlight after his well-documented scandal, we had a deal that he was going to try to be more open and friendly with the fans – to be more respectful of the game and to be less bad-tempered. As much as he tried, it was hard for him to change his stripes so quickly.”

Why throw Tiger under the bus like this other than in an attempt to make yourself look good? Of course no one is going to immediately change their stripes after being a certain way for a long time. To acknowledge publicly that you were so important and such an insider with Tiger that you helped influence him to make this decision; that’s the picture you’re painting of your relationship. To one sentence later come back and say he couldn’t do it, that is just a low blow. And wouldn’t some of that fall on you? You’re the caddie; it’s literally in your job description to manage your guy (or girl’s) mood. Maybe if you weren’t so busy snapping cameras out of people’s hands and trying to be a security guard you could have spent more time trying to cater to what Tiger needed. After all, that was your job.

  • “But there’s now a very obvious change in his attitude and I think that’s got a lot to do with the passing of Arnold Palmer in 2016. Tiger was a huge fan of Arnold Palmer. He loved playing Arnold’s tournament at Bay Hill – and there was always added motivation for him to win there knowing that if you walked off the final green, Arnold would be standing there waiting to congratulate you – it was very special to Tiger. Arnold had so much charisma and time for the fans – and deep down I think Tiger wanted to carry on Arnold’s legacy”

C’mon man. Did Tiger love and adore Arnold Palmer? Yes. Does every single golf fan on the planet feel that way about Arnold Palmer? Also yes. To say the passing of Arnold is what really fixed Tiger is to ignore the years of pain, rehab, soul-searching and struggles that Tiger had to go through in order to come out on the other side as the man we see now. Did the passing of Arnold have an affect on him? Sure, it probably did. But Tiger has always set his goals on Jack Nicklaus, not Arnold Palmer. Even if it would have (god forbid) been Jack that had passed and this quote was referring to him, I still wouldn’t like it. Tiger changing into the person he is now happened because Tiger Woods wanted it to happen and was willing to put the work in. That’s not to say there weren’t other factors, but to simplify it as such is a disservice to Tiger Woods.

  • “If Tiger looked into a crystal ball and asked, “Look, I’ve only got this many tournaments left to play – if you could give me a year in which I’ve got a great chance to catch up on what I’ve missed out on through injury, where would I get my chances?” The crystal ball would say: “OK I’ll give you the Masters, you always play well there. I’ll give you Bethpage Black – you like that course, it’s New York, it’s a long course, I’ll give you that. I’ll give you Pebble Beach – you’ve had great success there. And I’ll give you Royal Portrush – you’ve played there a lot en route to playing in the British Open, it’s a links course, you love links golf I’ll give you that and see how you go. So it would be of no surprise for Tiger to win multiple majors in 2019 and then that dream of his becomes absolutely doable.”

Tiger literally JUST won a major and you’re already diminishing not only that one, but the possibility of multiple wins this year. Oh sure, Tiger just had an incredible week and looks great going into the next three majors, but really the courses just suit his game. That’s the angle you want to take Stevie? If it was such an automatic thing that “horses for courses” would just mow down majors with ease, golf wouldn’t be nearly the sport it is today. You think those courses don’t also set up well for dozens of other guys in the field? Younger, healthier players that can put in more time practicing and preparing? Again, just an awful point by Steve and not one that makes much sense. Does Tiger have good history at Augusta, Bethpage and Pebble Beach? Yes. But it’s Tiger Woods. This man has 81 PGA Tour victories and 15 major championships (boy does that feel good to write) under his belt. Of course he has had success on the most famous courses in the sport.

Okay rant over! In fairness there were a couple of nice things said by Stevie in the piece but I read it to gain some insight into Tiger and the inside the ropes mentality of a player and his caddie. Instead it was more of the same from Mr. Williams that I’d come to expect in the past.

Do us a favor and don’t watch golf for another couple years Stevie. The game has passed you by.

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