Tiger Woods Takes High Road Following Steve Williams' Apology

Steve Williams was on the bag as Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational, then gave an interview that has drawn criticism.

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Tiger Woods' Steve Williams Comments Show No Hard Feelings

Tiger Woods and Steve Williams have a bit of a rivalry going. The former fired the latter and then the latter caddied for Adam Scott as he won the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before taking all of the credit for the victory while claiming it was better than any championship he'd won while caddying for Woods.

All in all, it was a pretty sordid affair that isn't exactly typical in the world of the gentleman's game of golf.

Fortunately, the two sides seem to now be on amicable terms. Following Williams' apology on the caddy's blog Tuesday evening, Woods made no mention of any sort of ill will he held for his former caddy while talking to the Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman.

"I was happy to see Stevie & Adam win," Woods said. "I sent Stevie a nice text congratulating him on his win."

Woods later mentioned that he was surprised by Williams' comments, but you know, that makes sense because everybody in the world was surprised by Williams' comments -- including, it seems, the caddy himself.

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Steve Williams Apologizes For Comments: 'My Emotions Got The Better Of Me'

On Tuesday, former Tiger Woods and current Adam Scott caddie Steve Williams kind of, sort of apologized for his words last Sunday. In a television interview following Scott's victory at the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Williams took some thinly-veiled shots at Woods and seemed to take more credit for the win than he gave to Scott. He apologized for the digs at Tiger, though what most people were actually waiting for was an apology about the latter issue. Williams has finally issued that apology.

From his website KiwiCaddy.co.nz, Williams issued this statement apologizing for his conduct at the tournament:

"There has been considerable debate following the comments I made at the conclusion of Sunday's Bridgestone Invitational. It was a complete surprise to have CBS announcer, David Feherty ask for an interview following the completion of play. My emotions following Adam's victory were running very high and at the time I felt like my emotions poured out and got the better of me. I apologize to my fellow caddies and professionals for failing to mention Adam's outstanding performance. I would like to thank all those fans at Firestone who made this victory the most special of my career."

Williams and Scott are currently in Atlanta, Georgia, where the latter will be playing and the former will be caddying in the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Scott, thanks to his big win at Firestone Country Club and his new top-10 ranking in the world, is one of the favorites to win the tournament.

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Adam Scott On Steve Williams: Comments 'Blown Out Of Proportion'

If Adam Scott was upset with his caddie, Steve Williams, stealing his thunder, he isn't showing it. In the aftermath of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Williams' comments were picked apart and widely criticized, but Scott has kept relatively quiet. On Tuesday, he spoke up, coming to the defense of his new, and Tiger Woods' former, caddie.

Scott played down Williams' comments at a press conference ahead of the PGA Championship, calling the reaction to them overblown. The WGC-Bridgestone champion felt Williams was in the moment, and gave honest answers to the questions asked immediately after the tournament ended.

Scott added, “I certainly don’t think that was his intention to steal my moment at all.  But you know, he was asked these questions and he gave his honest answer I assume, and with a lot of things to do with anything related to Tiger Woods, it’s all scrutinized and blown out of proportion a lot of the time.

Scott and Williams talked the incident over and the golfer had nothing but praise for his new caddie on Tuesday. Williams also "apologized" for his comments, calling them over-the-top on Tuesday.

Controversy over, right? Well, not quite. Williams' comments still don't sit well with many who disagreed with his "me-first" attitude. Meanwhile Scott is stuck in the middle of what's become a battle between jilted lovers, with Williams sticking it to Woods at every moment possible, even at the expensive of stealing the glory from the golfer he works for.

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Steve Williams Admits Digs Made Toward Tiger Woods Were 'Over The Top'

If Steve Williams is attempting to apologize for hogging the spotlight from someone who accomplished something significant on Sunday, he's failing miserably at it. He admitted that his comments about Tiger Woods were 'over the top,' but that doesn't exactly constitute an apology for...well, anything. Williams doesn't seem to think he was wrong for taking shots at Woods post-Bridgestone Classic, he just thinks the way he did it was 'over the top.' Oh, and he still hasn't apologized for acting like the story when he was not actually playing golf.

Rory McIlroy sums up this issue nicely:

"I definitely think it took away from Adam's win. It was a phenomenal win, he played unbelievable all week...Adam's the one hitting the shots. Stevie's obviously had a good influence on him the last four weeks or whatever it is, but Adam's the one who ultimately gets the ball in the hole."

And that's the problem here. Williams seems to be clueless, as he hasn't yet shown an awareness of what he's supposed to be apologizing for.

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Andy Roddick, Others Take Tiger's Side Against Steve Williams

By now, you've probably seen the video of Steve Williams talking about how happy and awesome he is. Though being a caddy on the PGA Tour is about a lot more than just carrying a bag, it's not unreasonable or demeaning to caddies to say that Adam Scott and his talents had a heck of a lot more to do with winning the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational than Williams and his talents did. Still, Williams decided to talk about the biggest win of his career a lot more than Scott when he was interviewed on television after the tournament, and some of Scott's fellow athletes aren't taking it well.


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For instance LPGA player Christina Kim does not think very highly of Williams.

"Greatest week of my life. Good job congratulating Adam, who hit the shots, you knob."

English golfer Oliver Wilson had some thoughts of his own.

"Cannot believe they have interviewed Steve Williams. Nice of him to take away from Scotty's win. Says it all..." 

And while we're here, what do you think, Andy Roddick?

"Am I missing something? Was Steve the one actually playing?

"The guy was just happy for his new employer! So happy for him that he almost mentioned his name."

In case no one remembers: Adam Scott won a relatively prestigious golf tournament against a world class field in incredibly impressive fashion. Steve Williams did some things to help him.

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Tiger Woods' Agent: Claims Steve Williams Was Fired By Phone Are 'Patently False'

The wonderful little tete-a-tete between Tiger Woods and his former caddie Steve Williams took another glorious turn for entranced onlookers like us on Monday when Woods' agent chimed in. Among Williams' statements following Adam Scott's victory in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational was the claim that he had been fired over the pone. In response, Mark Steinberg had this to say to Golfweek:

"I’m stunned I’ve had to talk about this situation last night and today after Adam Scott’s good win," he told Golfweek. "I feel sorry for Adam. But I’m tired of (Woods) taking shots for two years. When someone says something patently false, I feel the need to speak up. To say he (Williams) didn’t get fired face-to-face is ludicrous and tiring."

Looking over both parties' recollection of the events, it seems entirely plausible that both are technically correct. According to Williams, Woods first phoned his caddy in June to tell him that it was "time for change." Woods says he met with Williams in person during the AT&T Invitational on July 3 to break the news. Williams acknowledges that the July 3 meeting happened, but seems to think it was more a formality and a chance for him to get some explanation of what happened.

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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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