Having past success at a tournament is always a good thing, so when Adam Scott fired an opening-round 8-under 62 on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the round didn't seem out of the ordinary.
Scott fired a 63 in 2006, so he's used to going low at Firestone. But there was something different about the round that really made people stand up and take notice.
Watching Scott walk around the course, it was easy to see that difference was having caddie Steve Williams on the bag on a full-time basis, after Woods and Williams split prior to the Bridgestone.
Despite the two not being on the same course since The Players Championship, it seemed odd seeing Woods walking the course with Bryon Bell on the bag, while Williams carried Scott's Titleist bag around Firestone.
As most golfers will tell you, you can't put a price on a good caddie. The pro hitting the shots can have all the confidence in the world, but if he doesn't trust the guy feeding him the yardages and reading the putts, he'll never be able to reach his true potential.
Good caddies always know how to get the best out of their golfer, and Williams was able to do just that with Woods over the years. Despite being the best player in the world, Woods admitted on multiple occasions that Williams talked him into a shot, or convinced him to go for a pin when he otherwise would have laid up.
"I think he believes in my game, that I can be one of the best players in the world," Scott said of Williams after his round. "You know, I think he thinks he can help me achieve that, and I believe that, too."
Williams sure knew how to bring the best out of Woods, and based on the way Scott's talking, who knows, maybe he can bring the best out of the Aussie. It's only one round, but the permanent partnership between Williams and Scott already seems to be headed in the right direction.