Golf-Woods shocks caddie with decision to part ways





Surprised! This was how the longtime New Zealander caddie of Tiger Woods felt when he got sacked after helping the former world number one win 13 majors.

Wood’s move took caddie Steve Williams by surprised considering that he had been caddying for Woods since 1999. Williams has recently played caddie to Australian Adam Scott since Woods had to take time off to allow his injury to heal.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change,” Woods said in a statement on his website (www.tigerwoods.com).

“Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”

On his own website (www.kiwicaddy.co.nz), WIlliams said: “Needless to say this came as a shock.

“Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.”

No replacement was however named by Woods. He also did not indicate when he would compete again.

Woods already told reporters after last year’s US Open that there was no tension between him and his caddy. Woods said he had gone against his instincts and had made three mental mistakes after the Pebble Beach final round.

Woods, who has injured his knee and Achilles tendon during last April’s US Masters, has not played since the Players Championship in May where he pulled out after just nine holes.

Woods’ ranking has fallen to number 20 as he has not won a major since the US Open in 2008, and has not won any tournament since 2009.

All these came after he confessed to a string of affairs which broke up his marriage. Now, Woods is not only trying to rebuild his private life but also his golf swing.