Tiger Woods: Why Steve Williams' Antics Prove Tiger Was Wise to Fire Caddy

Adam LazarusSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2011

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Tiger Woods of the USA and his caddie Steve Williams on the 18th green during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images for Golf Week)
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Any sympathy I had for Steve Williams after Tiger Woods fired him—and there wasn't all that much to begin with—disappeared this week when Williams called Adam Scott's win at Firestone "greatest week of my life caddying."

First of all, that's a pretty ridiculous statement. Now, had it been a major championship, I could understand where Williams was coming from—it was right on the heels of being fired and Tiger was there to see Scott win.

But when you've been on the bag for a trio of career Grand Slams, including the epic U.S. Open wins in 2000 and 2008 or the great Masters triumph in 2005, Williams' quote is the very definition of hyperbole. 

And that's why Tiger made the right move by firing Williams in the first place. Not to belittle their job because it is important and valuable to a professional, but caddies should be seen and not heard. And Williams was starting to become as much of a well-known figure as 90 percent of the guys who carry a PGA Tour card.

Whether it was yelling at cameramen, or lashing in a newspaper article about Phil Mickelson, or writing books and giving interviews, Williams showed a penchant for grabbing the spotlight and making headlines. This whole Adam Scott/Tiger Woods/Steve Williams love triangle is just the latest episode.  

That is not what Tiger Woods needs in a caddy. Tiger needs a guy to carry his bag, club him and to bounce ideas off of. It may be harsh but caddies and the men they loop for aren't equals—at least on the course. 

I'm not suggesting Tiger needs yes-men around him all the time—I'm sure he has plenty of those. But Williams' ego and personality has grown so much over the last decade that he wasn't going to remain subordinate to Tiger on any matter.  And when Tiger is already changing the whole ball of wax with Sean Foley, Williams only made things worse.