Tiger Denies Caddie Fallout

Tiger Woods and Caddie

Tiger Woods and Caddie

Tiger Woods has scotched talk of tension between himself and caddie Steve Williams following the US Open.

The world number one fired a final round 75 to finish in a tie for fourth place at Pebble Beach, after which he admitted making three ‘mental’ mistakes and going against his instincts.

The comments were interpreted by many of being critical of Williams but Woods said that was nonsense.

“There’s no tension there, not at all,” Woods said. “You guys are reading way too much into it. I was asked what happened out there, and I made three mental mistakes – three mistakes I don’t normally make.

“Do Stevie and I make mistakes on the golf course? Of course we do. We’re not perfect. We made mistakes at the wrong time. It happens.

“Hopefully, that won’t happen this week and we can win an event.”

Woods is the pre-tournament favourite for this week’s AT&T National in Pennsylvania, an event he used to co-host before the official sponsor dropped him in the wake of last year’s sex scandal.

However, the defending champion will still play a part with net proceeds continuing to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation, which is building a second learning center in the United States.

“I’ll still be part of the event and working hard behind the scenes as always,” Woods said. “This is a great event for our foundation. We’re very lucky and very excited that AT&T wanted to still be a part of this event.”