August 07, 2011
Adam Scott may have captured one of the biggest wins of his career on Sunday afternoon, but when he woke up on Monday morning, he'll have found he wasn't even the biggest story at Firestone.
Following a flawless performance from the 31-year-old Aussie, his caddie, Steve Williams, stole the spotlight with an interview that showed just how much anger and animosity he still holds against former boss Tiger Woods.
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After Scott had sunk the winning putt and walked off the 18th green, CBS's David Feherty was able to chat with Williams, who proceeded to drop a bombshell on the golf world by proclaiming his win with Scott was the "best win I've ever had."
"I've been caddying for 33 years and that's the best week of my life ... and I'm not joking," Williams said. "... There were a lot of expectations today. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little nervous. Obviously, Adam was leading the tournament and there was a lot being said this week, so it was great to back it up. ... But honestly that's the best week of my life; I've caddied for 33 years, 145 wins now, and that's the best win I've ever had."
You'd have to be blind to not see the underlying anger in his comments. After sticking with Woods during the roughest stretch of his life, he was fired at AT&T National, and promptly told a television crew he'd "wasted two years of his life."
The comments reek of sour grapes, and proved once and for all that Williams still holds a massive grudge against Woods. Not only did he take the spotlight away from his own player this week, but he proclaimed that a World Golf Championship was greater than 13 major championships with one of the best players in the history of the game.
It's hard to defend Tiger Woods these days, but Williams' comments were beyond classless. I understand the need to vent and put Tiger in his place, but if there was ever a time to be the bigger man and move on, this was the moment.
Caddies never get national airtime, so when Williams was granted a rare opportunity to speak, he sounded like a jilted lover. Tiger Woods may have a gigantic ego, but his former caddie does as well.
"Wow, that's all you can say," said CBS's Jim Nantz. "That will be talked about for weeks to come. You call that the biggest win of your career after 13 major championships with Tiger Woods and call this the greatest week of your life. ... It's a pretty interesting comment."
Interesting, indeed. Williams got just what he wanted following his split from Woods; he's on top and the biggest story in golf. It's just a shame it came at the expense of his own player.