Tiger And Caddie Steve Williams Part Ways


Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tiger Woods announced today, via his website, that he and long time caddie Steve Williams are parting ways. Tiger and Stevie, as Tiger likes to call him, have been partners for the past 13 years, winning 13 majors during that span of time.

Tiger stated...

"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."

Players change caddies all the time, but this comes as somewhat of a surprise. Before the fire hydrant incident, Tiger could basically walk onto a course, and out of sheer intimidation, win a tournament. Much of that intimidation factor had to do with Williams. With the health of his knee still in question and the loss of Williams on his bag, this is no longer the case.

Williams was known as tough minded individual who spoke his mind and did everything to give his guy an advantage. If that meant barking at the media and photographers, then that's what he did. Besides being a caddie, he was also like a bodyguard. Williams was there to protect the sometimes impenetrable bubble that Tiger has lived in for much of his career.

No replacement has been announced but it will be interesting to see who fills the void left by the race car driving, native New Zealander. This is definitely a new era for Tiger. Williams was the constant in Tiger's run at his many majors. Now that has changed.

Will Tiger be able to work with another caddie? Will this new caddie have tough enough skin to work in the circus like environment that surrounds Tiger? We will have to wait and see I guess. One thing is for sure. Whoever it is will suddenly find himself in the spotlight and will be scrutinized for every move he makes. So whoever it is. Good luck buddy and hold on. It's going to be a bumpy ride for a while. Have a great round and always hit your target.

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