Sunday, August 07, 2011
Last week, Tiger Woods announced two things. First, that he was coming back to the PGA Tour after three months off due to injury. Second, that he had fired his long-time caddy, New Zealander Steve Williams. In many ways, this second piece of news was the bigger bombshell. Certainly Williams didn't take it well, and the animus he felt at his firing was clear from some of the comments made after he was downsized by the former number one golfer in the world.
Today, though, Stevie got his revenge. After Tiger had let him go, Australian Adam Scott put Williams on his bag for this week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament Woods and Williams had teamed up to win seven times previously. Based on the results, perhaps Steve's expertise at the Firestone Country Club was more valuable than Tiger thinks, as Williams guided Scott to a four-stroke victory.
In a giant "neener-neener" to his former boss, Williams was quoted after the event as saying that of all his 145 wins on tour as a caddy (including multiple victories at all four majors), that this was "the best week of my life."
Tiger, meanwhile, finished over par for the tournament, tied for 37th. Another helping of humble pie, Mr. Woods?