For those just joining us: This past weekend, Williams mentioned at an off-the-record gathering that he was delighted by the Bridgestone win while caddying for his new employer, Adam Scott, because it gave him the chance to "shove it right up that black [expletive]." (Note that while the evening itself was off the record, one of the people present at the event told the story to reporters not in attendance, who were thus not bound by the off-the-record agreement.)
Anyway, Williams apologized, and Scott said it was no big deal, and now we have Greg Norman, captain of the Australian Presidents' Cup team (which includes Scott) weighing in on the matter by saying Williams is no racist.
"We've all made stupid comments at stupid times, unfortunately his stupid comment became global news," Norman said. (Editor's note: Yeah, sorry about that.) "I know he probably regrets saying it, but I guarantee you in that room on that night there was probably some heavier things said." (Editor's other note: Oh, do tell.)
Williams caddied for Norman in the 1980s prior to taking over Woods' looping duties. Norman didn't indicate that he'd go out of his way to pair Woods and Scott with one another for any kind of gimmick, but noted that everybody involved needs to end this childish nonsense, and pronto:
"I hope it gets resolved. Golf doesn't need it. Golf needs Tiger back playing great golf like he used to. Golf needs the cohesiveness that's always existed," he said, according to the AP. "There's always been underlying currents, not everybody loves everybody and the people who dislike each other; we just have a tendency of parting our ways and not seeing each other. But to have it play out like it's played out has been a bit sad for the game."
Of course, all this attention is almost certainly making Australian planners a bit nervous, since they'd love to keep Woods very happy and very likely to return. The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported that tournament officials have coordinated Woods' trip to ensure there's no possibility of an embarrassing public encounter with Williams anywhere along the line. Woods is in Australia for this weekend's Australian Open and next weekend's Presidents Cup.
More on this as it develops, and it surely will.
- Stevie Williams
- Tiger Woods
- Greg Norman
- Adam Scott