Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie has expressed anger and frustration at the Woods’ management team for being ‘hung out to dry’ after his Woods’ infidelities were revealed in 2009 and says he was sometimes treated like a “slave” on the golf course.
Steve Williams is a phenomenal caddie. He won 13 majors with Tiger Woods and helped Adam Scott win his first and only major in 2013.
Since his split with Woods in 2009, their relationship has become estranged. A New Zealand newspaper published yesterday a chapter from Steve Williams’ tell-all book “Out of the Rough.” In the book the caddie describes his reaction to Woods extramarital affairs and how he went four months without hearing from the golfer as his marriage, reputation and career fell apart.
“There was a lot I needed to say and it was going to be difficult to tell my boss he had to pull his head in,” Williams recalls. “I explained to him what had happened in New Zealand and how furious I was at being dragged through the wringer over a scandal I had nothing to do with. He needed to know how difficult that was for me and my family.
“I told him it was something that could have been avoided and how bitterly disappointed I was at his people for their total lack of communication and unwillingness to put out a statement saying I had nothing to do with it.
“I was adamant that some of his behaviour on the course had to change. He was well known for his bad temper and, while that wasn’t pleasant to witness, you could live with it because it ended as quickly as it started. But he had other bad habits that upset me. I wanted him to prove to me he could change his behaviour and show me‚ and the game of golf, more respect.
“One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up. I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club, it was like I was his slave. The other thing that disgusted me was his habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt. Tiger listened to what I had to say, the air was cleared and we got on with it – his goal was to be the best player in history and my goal was to keep working as best I could to help make that happen.”
So how much money was Steve Williams making to pick up clubs that were tossed in his general direction? It’s not clear what kind of deal Williams had with Woods, but on a 10 percent cut he would have been looking at about $8.8 million excluding endorsements. I’m sure many other caddies would have gladly taken his place, even with clubs being tossed at them.
Steve Williams autobiography written by journalist Michael Donaldson, Out of The Rough, will be available for purchase today.