PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12: Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams look on from the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods withdrew after shooting a 42 on the front nine holes. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Steve Williams Bashes Tiger Again After Adam Scott's Win At The Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods and his longtime caddie, Steve "Stevie" Williams, are parting ways. "I think it's time for a change," Woods wrote on his website.

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Steve Williams Says Tiger Woods Fired Him Weeks Before Announcement

The cattiness between Tiger Woods and his former caddy Steve Williams has escalated in recent days. After being officially fired on July 20, then going on national TV and essentially bashing his former employer, Williams revealed to The Golf Channel's Jason Sobel that Woods fired him weeks before the July 20 announcement.

Adam Scott, Williams' new loop, won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Sunday, which, in case you haven't heard, was Woods' first professional tournament in months, and Williams is feeling saucy:

Steve Williams: "I've caddied for 33 years, 145 wins, and this has been the best week of my life."less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Williams was apparently interviewed before Scott after the win, a rarity in golf, and is clearly enjoying the enhanced attention of being the latest individual to pile on Woods. Not everyone is enjoying the Stevie Williams coming out party, though:

Still deciding who I like less: tiger woods or his arrogant ingrate of an ex caddy. #toughcallless than a minute ago via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

You can't win 'em all, Stevie.

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Tiger Woods' Choice Of Bryon Bell As Temporary Caddy A Telling One

Tiger Woods will reportedly make his return at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 4, at least if all goes according to plan. Woods has been relatively quiet since putting down his clubs in an effort to let his injured knee and Achilles rest, though much has changed since the last time he swung a club competitively. His former caddy and long-time friend Steve Williams is gone, unceremoniously relieved of his duties during Woods' break from golf. In his place, Woods' childhood friend Bryon Bell will reportedly hop on the bag, at least in a temporary role.

Woods' choice of Bell is telling for many reasons, and few of them are good. While it's true Bell has caddied for Woods before, this has the makings of a public relations disaster. And it's also a sign of how far withdrawn Woods is at the moment. His inner-circle has shrunk so far, he's relying on a loyal yes-man to handle his affairs on the course.

Bell, however, is no stranger to handling Woods' affairs. When word of Woods' scandal broke around Thanksgiving 2009, it was Bell's name that surfaced. He was called a middle-man in the disaster that enveloped Woods' life, with mistresses mentioning Bell as the man who arranged meetings, flights and accommodations.

Williams was the caddy who wasn't afraid to say no. He was assertive, both when handling Woods and the throngs of fans who followed him. And all along he maintained he knew nothing about Woods' extra-marital affairs. Bell, on the other hand, is the anti-Williams.

The choice of Bell seems to indicate Woods has few people left in his corner, especially in the golfing world. But one has to question how wise it is to take one of the main players in the scandal that flipped his world upside-down and put him back into the spotlight, on the bag at his incredibly high-profile return to golf.


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Steve Williams Wants To Write Book About Life As Tiger Woods' Caddy

Steve Williams plans to write a tell-all book about his life as a caddy once his career is over, and his time with Tiger Woods will most certainly be the most anticipated portion of his story. Williams recently appeared on New Zealand television to discuss his recent dismissal by Tiger Woods and said there will be an "interesting chapter":

“It will just be one of those interesting chapters in the book,” Williams told the station, according to USA Today. “You learn a lot from reading [biographies.] I’m a big reader of those. Mine won’t be any different.”

Video of Williams' appearance on the show can be found here. But until Williams calls it quits, we'll need to settle for watching him on the links with Adam Scott and to speculate on what exactly he'll reveal about Tiger Woods.

How popular a tell-all book about the life of a caddy remains to be seen, but the marketing for it won't be terribly hard to come up with. The hype over the Tiger Woods chapter will surely be the selling point.

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Steve Williams Continues To Rip Tiger Woods In Media Following Split

Steve Williams, Tiger Woods' longtime caddy, is upset with Woods for dismissing him, and he's letting the media know it. The New Zealand Herald's new interview with Williams shows that he's angry that Woods would let him go after a two-year period in which Woods dealt with an embarrassing scandal, fought through injury, and played sparingly.

"Realistically I could look back, and I've wasted the last two years of my life because he's played infrequently, he's been injured and played poorly. I was prepared to hang in there through thick and thin so I find the timing extraordinary."


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Williams claims he hasn't been in touch with Woods since the dismissal. He also says that he "lost a tremendous amount of respect" for Woods following Woods' sex scandal (which he claims to have "had no idea" about until after the news broke). 

Williams is now working with Australian Adam Scott, who tied for 25th place in the recent 2011 British Open and tied for second in the 2011 Masters Tournament.

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Steve Williams 'Shocked' To Be Let Go As Tiger Woods' Caddy

Steve Williams, via a statement released Thursday through his website, said that Tiger Woods' decision to part ways  "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.

Woods and Williams were together for 13 of Tiger's 14 major championships and were considered to be close personally. Williams had even attended Woods' wedding to Elin Nordegren in 2005. Williams has been caddying for other players during Woods' recovery from injury, most recently for Adam Scott during the 2011 British open. According to his statement, Williams will now be caddying for Scott permanently.

Having started my caddying career with Australian great Peter Thompson and working for Greg Norman in the 80's I am excited about the future working for another Australian.

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Tiger Woods, Longtime Caddie Steve Williams Part Ways: 'Time For Change'

Since 1999, Steve Williams has served as Tiger Woods' caddy, joining Woods on the bag for 13 of his 14 major championships and forming one of the best-known pairings of golfer and caddie in the modern era. As of today, that tandem is parting ways: Woods announced Wednesday that Williams would no longer be his caddie in an article posted to TigerWoods.com.

"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change," Woods said. "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."

Williams, a New Zealander known more familiarly to many golf fans as Stevie, was a vigilant protector of Woods on the course, and acquired a reputation for gruffness with spectators and media for it. In 2004, Williams wrested a camera from a fan at the U.S. Open; at one Skins Game, Williams tossed a photographer's camera in the water.

Williams and Woods were also clos personally: Williams attended Woods' 2005 wedding to Elin Nordegren, and Woods watched some of Williams' dirt track races in New Zealand.

Woods, who has had Williams on the bag since firing Mike "Fluff" Cowan in 1999, has no timetable for his return to the PGA Tour after injuries that have kept him out of the 2011 U.S. Open and 2011 British Open. Williams had been caddying for other players during Woods' recovery, including Adam Scott at the 2011 British Open.

Woods also gave no word about a possible replacement for Williams.

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