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Tiger Woods Splits with Longtime Caddie Steve Williams

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams look on from the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Woods withdrew after shooting a 42 on the front nine holes. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ben KashinContributor IIOctober 8, 2016

Tiger Woods has just announced a split with Steve Williams, his caddie since 1999.

Williams, 47, has been an ardent supporter of Woods during his recent personal and professional struggles.

The announcement was made on Woods' official website.

''I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change. Woods said via his website. "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." 

The breakup has been widely speculated since the recent US Open when Williams caddied for Adam Scott, while Tiger nursed a left leg injury.

Woods has yet to name a replacement. 

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