Last August the buzz of the golf world centered around—of all things—a caddie.
Steve Williams, known to most as Tiger Woods’ confidante, camera police, security guard, big brother and best friend, was unceremoniously fired, at least according to Williams. Woods' camp, of course, swears that everything was done civilly and that they left the meeting believing there were no hard feelings.
At the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, the week before the PGA Championship, Williams’ newest partner, Adam Scott broke through and won his first World Golf Championship. For most of his career, Scott had been put in the same class as a dozen other young players, guy with all the talent but couldn’t put it together to be taken as a serious contender.
Williams went on to say, “I’ve caddied for 33 years—145 wins now—and that’s the best win I’ve ever had.”
His comment left some in both the media and golfing community scratching their heads.
Shouldn’t the focus be on Scott, not on Williams?
The story lasted for a week and seemingly went away as fast as it started, after both Scott and Woods downplayed the comments.
Fast forward to this week.
Currently one behind leader Brandt Snedeker is Scott and just four back is Tiger Woods, sitting solo third.
Can you imagine the ratings and intrigue if, on Sunday afternoon, somehow Woods and Williams—ahem, I mean Scott—are going head-to-head for the Claret Jug?
Tiger could win 13 tournaments of his 17 a year, but if they don’t include any of the four majors, it’s meaningless to him and the rest of the world.
Scott is looking to finally solidify himself as a consistent top player in the world worthy of being named in the conversation with Woods, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, etc.
The one cog in what could be a great drama is the seemingly unknown to the casual golf fan, Brandt Snedeker.
Snedeker tied the British Open 36-hole scoring mark with a 130, previously only done by Nick Faldo in 1992. He had 10 birdies and no bogeys, the only player in the field to do so, expertly getting around the majority of the bunkers and deep rough. The one time he did find the rough on 18 on Friday, he calmly got up and down to keep his unblemished streak alive.
Ranking fifth on the PGA Tour this year in putting, and earning his third career win at the Farmers Insurance Open, Snedeker has been a lot like Scott in having untapped potential, but his problems have been more self inflicted, like cracking a rib because he coughed too hard.
Put these three great elements together, and TV viewers are sure to be entertained this weekend.