Why Did Tiger Woods Fire Steve Williams?
We make an attempt here to figure out the reasons for Tiger Woods firing his long-time caddy, Steve Williams
I've decided to turn gossip columnist for a day to discuss the news that Tiger Woods has fired Steve Williams, who has caddied for Tiger during the last dozen years and has been on his bag through thirteen major championship victories and a total of seventy-two tournament wins.
Woods wrote on his web site..."I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change. Stevie is an outstanding caddy and a friend, and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."
On his website, Williams wrote "Needless to say, I'm shocked," and later he told the Associated Press: "A player has a right to fire a caddy at any given time, and for a player when he's not playing his best for an extended period of time, it's not uncommon to change caddies, coaches, psychologists or bring on a psychologist. I have no problem being fired. But I'm disappointed in the timing of it."
Hank Haney, Woods' swing coach in years past before he was fired by Woods in favor of Sean Foley, reacted to AP: "I'm shocked. Steve is the best caddy I've ever seen. I can't believe that he got fired."
After the scandal
After the scandal broke regarding Tiger's serial adultery, resulting in the breakup of his marriage, his relationship with Williams began to change. Williams said Tiger didn't contact him for months afterwards. In the meantime, Williams, interviewed on New Zealand television, said "I, along with a lot of other people, lost a lot of respect for Tiger, and I pointed out to Tiger well before his return at the Masters at Augusta in 2010 that he had to earn back my respect. Through time I hope he can earn my respect back, that's for sure."
Williams and Tiger both proposed to their wives at virtually the same time, and they were in each other's wedding. Their wives also became very good friends, and Williams' wife was said to be extremely upset with Tiger's behavior when she learned of it.
Insiders began to take note that Williams' relationship with Tiger, after Tiger rejoined the PGA Tour, was not as warm as before, with little of their former friendly banter taking place on the golf course. It seemed to observers that now it was all business, and nothing else.
Tiger won a total of 88 million dollars with Steve on his bag. With Williams' cut being ten percent of Tiger's winnings, he became a rich man in his own right. In New Zealand he has the status of a superstar. In fact, when New Zealander Michael Allen won the U. S. Open a few years back, a commentator asked him "Will you now be the most famous person in New Zealand?" "Heck, no," Allen replied, "Steve Williams is the most famous person in New Zealand."
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