PGA Drama at Firestone: How Steve Willams Missed His Chance at Redemption

Pamela DawesContributor IAugust 8, 2011

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 06:  Adam Scott of Australia (R) talks with caddie Steve Williams (L) on the 17th hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club on August 6, 2011 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With apologies to English author G.K. Chesterton who first coined the phrase, Steve Williams should take note of its implications. "It is always the secure who are humble."

Williams has not always been a fan or media favorite. However, no one doubts his ability as a caddie, nor as a dispenser of sage advice and experience. What he needs to remember is that he is not the one wielding the club. Adam Scott has almost become a bit player in this drama between Tiger and Steve.  

A caddie by definition is an attendant, one who serves. It might serve Mr. Williams well to keep Mr. Webster's definition in mind.

No doubt he is revelling in the success of his new boss, but is his joy fueled by his desire to see Adam Scott do well or is he dwelling on the revenge of Tiger's alleged disloyalty?

It may be that the salacious media coverage of Tiger's indiscretions may have indirectly damaged Steve's reputation or made life uncomfortable for him and his family. However, he did reap the benefits of years of financial prosperity while carrying the clubs of the world's most successful golfer. 

Few were unaffected by the story unfolding at Firestone. As golfer and caddie made their way to imminent victory, everyone could understand the immense satisfaction that the two men must have felt. The young Australian must have thought that he was finally back on top, where so many had predicted he should have been all along. The grizzled New Zealander? Fire me? Take that, Tiger!   

If the Williams' version of the firing  was true, then vengeance was his to savor quietly. If the Woods' version was closer to reality, then Adam Scott's caddie has simply begun a new chapter with a new boss.

Either way, this was an opportunity missed.  Steve Williams almost became an iconic, well-liked figure on Sunday, but he failed to recognize the value of humility and to understand how insecure his 18th hole interview sounded.