During Sunday's final round at the British Open, Tiger Woods was paired with Adam Scott, whose caddie, Steve Williams, used to carry Woods' bag and was part of 13 of the world No. 1's 14 major titles.
The stakes were high at Muirfield, and tensions could have been too. However, it appeared Woods and Williams cast aside any bitterness with a pleasant handshake and conversation on the 18th green in Gullane, Scotland.
Phil Mickelson ran away with the claret jug by birdieing four of the last six holes to shoot a five-under 66 to claim victory with an overall score of three under. Meanwhile, Scott shot a 72 to finish one over, while Woods' 74 got him to two over for the Open.
Woods fired Williams in 2011, as Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports highlights in his report on the development. Forde also alludes to the verbal barbs Williams made in his transition to Scott's side.
After winning with Scott at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two years ago—an event Woods has won seven times—Williams called it the best win of his career.
That was likely quite a bit of hyperbole, considering Woods' win at the event in 2000 as darkness fell was capped by one of the most memorable shots in a World Golf Championship tournament:
Forde documented what Joe LaCava, Woods' current caddie, had to say about the situation between Woods and Williams in Round 4 of the Open Championship: "If [the relationship] is getting better, that’s great for both of them. Life’s too short, right? I’m glad Stevie’s making the effort, and Tiger’s accepting the effort."
The partnership between Woods and Williams is one of the most notable in golf history, and the dynamic was certainly interesting to monitor given what was possible.
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Woods and Williams appear to have finally made peace with one another, which is great to see considering their unique accomplishments together.
The PGA Championship beginning on Aug. 8 at Oak Hill Country Club will be the next chance for Woods to win major No. 15, which has eluded him since his gutsy win at the 2008 U.S. Open.
On the other hand, Scott and Williams will seek their second major victory of the year after Scott finally broke through in a playoff at the Masters in April for his first win in golf's four biggest events.