Tiger Woods and Steve Williams. How about Adam Scott and Steve Williams? The latter have come into the news together after Tiger Woods fired long-time caddy and friend Steve Williams. Within three weeks of becoming Adam Scott's permanent caddy, the duo went out and won the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; only Adam Scott's eighth PGA win and one of his biggest.
But how exactly does Scott benefit from Williams being his Caddy? Better yet, how does Tiger Woods miss out?
First of all, the fact that Tiger would fire a man who has caddied him through the majority of his wins is utterly shocking. He fired the same man that once wrestled a $7,000 camera away from a fan and threw it into a pond, because the fan snapped a photo during Wood's back swing. Williams defended Tiger on many occasions. Williams was Tiger's best man at his wedding. How do you tell this man to go fly a kite?
Tiger, however, has some serious issues, and that's the problem. Golf should be the least of his concerns. Going to therapy for a sex addiction, losing a gorgeous wife, sponsorships and a reputation that many viewed as flawless, would mess with anyone's head and cause him to make some terrible decisions.
Williams had more golfing experience than Tiger's age, yet Tiger's ego would never allow him to pass on any credit.
Enter Adam Scott.
Up until July 2011, Scott achieved his best finish at a major championship when he finished in a tie for second place at the 2011 Masters Tournament alongside compatriot Jason Day, two strokes behind the winner Charl Schwartzel. Scott had held the sole lead of the tournament while playing the 71st hole, but four birdies in a row from Schwartzel meant Scott fell short by two strokes. However, Scott said afterwards that he could only take positives out of the week and that his putting had never felt so good with the long putter.
With Tiger injured at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship in 2011, his caddy Williams caddied for Scott.
After Woods fired Williams on July 20, Williams became Scott's permanent caddy. The two enjoyed their first win together on August 7 when Scott triumphed at the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, earning him his first career World Golf Championship. He beat Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler by four strokes after a bogey-free final round of 65.
Scott returned to the world's top 10 for the first time in over two years after the win, re-entering at ninth.
Nobody can give Adam Scott any flak for picking up Steve Williams. I think any golfer on tour would love to be caddied by the man that was caddying for arguably the greatest golfer in history.
Shame on Tiger for letting Williams walk, and kudos to Scott to be humble enough to learn from a man with more experience in golf than Scott has been alive. Tiger has become a disgrace to the sport of golf, and the fact that experts say that the sport is better with him playing is foolish. The sport is better without Woods, and the PGA Championship today proves why: Parity.