Steve Williams Overshadows Adam Scott's 2013 Masters Win
Congratulations to Steve Williams on his fourth Masters victory. Not enough is being said about that guy.
Adam Scott is rightly being praised for his performance at Augusta. It's his first major win of his career and helps to get the monkey off his back after coming up just short on multiple occasions at major tournaments.
This win goes beyond just Scott though. The Masters has become another chapter in the rivalry between Williams and his former employer, Tiger Woods.
Caddies don't often find themselves in the spotlight, but Williams' past antics has ensured that any time Scott wins, it's a win for his caddy, too.
It took little time at all for some to joke about this fact on Twitter, almost immediately after Scott won the Masters.
Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated had one of the better ones:
Steve Williams: "Hey how come Bubba gave him my jacket?"— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 14, 2013
Jim Rome of CBS Sports also threw himself in the fray:
Who was that putt bigger for: Adam Scott or Steve Williams?— Jim Rome (@jimrome) April 14, 2013
Josh Sens of Golf.com has written a wonderful piece making it seem as if Williams had won the tournament and Scott was merely a bit player. It's very entertaining and unfortunately, not that far off from reality.
It's a shame because part of the storyline after this year's Masters will focus on Williams for the wrong reasons. Sure, he's a great caddy and his success with both Woods and Scott attests to that. But the focus has turned to the rivalry between Williams and Woods. You can't blame members of the media, because Williams has done nothing to distance himself from the feud.
Williams was fired by Woods in 2011 and he was not shy in his criticism of the golfer. If that wasn't bad enough, he even managed to upset many by using what was perceived as a racial epithet aimed at Woods (h/t Bob Harig of ESPN.com).
Williams then offered another dig at Woods by calling Scott's win at the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational the best of his career (h/t James Corrigan of The Independent). The caddy clearly meant it as a shot at Woods, and it overshadowed Scott actually winning the tournament.
It's not hard to see why he took the split with Woods so hard. He defended the golfer in interviews at every opportunity while the two were together, and was Woods' enforcer with unruly and camera-happy fans in the gallery.
When Scott wins, the narrative shifts a little bit from the golfer winning a tournament to Williams besting Woods once again.
This will continue to be the case until Williams and Scott part ways.
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