An End Of An Era: Tiger Woods Announces Steve Williams Is No Longer His Caddie
It was just recently announced on Tiger Woods’ official site that Steve Williams will no longer be Tiger’s caddie as the two are parting ways after 12 years of unprecedented success together.
Tiger’s statement regarding the split:
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change,” Woods said. “Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”
Eyebrows were raised earlier this season when Williams hopped on Adam Scott’s bag for the U.S. Open and subsequent events as Woods rehabilitated his leg injuries, so perhaps this bit of news should come as no surprise. And what this all means as it relates Tiger’s immediate future (no replacement has been announced) and whether or not this is an indication that Woods is shutting it down for the year is unknown at this time.
But one thing is for certain: we will never see an awkward high five like the one depicted in the above photo ever again, and that, my friends, is sufficient enough reason to be saddened by this development.
UPDATE: Steve Williams has issued a statement on his own website where he comments on the end of his working relationship with Tiger, and he doesn’t appear to be pleased about the abruptness and timeliness of it all (via Pro Golf Talk):
“Following the completion of the AT&T National I am no longer caddying for Tiger after he informed me that he needed to make a change. After 13 years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock.
“Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time,” he said.
Tiger no longer working with Steve Williams [TigerWoods.com]