Steve Williams has been relatively quiet since he upstaged Adam Scott when his then-new employer won the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational and Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie claimed it was his own “best win” ever. One can only imagine the bravado Stevie will exhibit if he becomes the architect behind the first Masters win by an Australian.
A win for Scott, who enters Sunday’s finale at Augusta one shot off the 54-hole lead of Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera’s 7-under, would exorcise the demons of his utter collapse at last year’s British Open, a meltdown for which he did not exactly let Williams off the hook.
“Yeah, we left it a few days for each to think about, and then we had a chat in the middle of the week. Obviously we're both disappointed with the outcome,” Scott told reporters last August, on the eve of his title defense at the 2012 Bridgestone Invitational, the scene of the “greatest week” of Williams’ life.
“We're both disappointed, I think, in both of our performances because we didn't get the job done,” Scott said. “ And hindsight is always a great thing, but it's 50/50 because you never really know what would have happened if you did something different.”
On Masters Sunday, Scott was counting on his looper to help him to his first major championship on a course the veteran caddie knows so well after handing Woods the clubs in three of his four Masters wins.
“It's just great for me to know that you've got a rock on the bag next to you,” Scott told reporters Saturday about the benefits of having Williams beside him for Sunday’s finale. “He's solid.”
Stevie’s expertise on the course could be invaluable to Scott, who entered the final round of the Open Championship with a four-shot lead and finished with a 75 and a shot shy of lifting the claret jug. The growing trust between the two was also critical, said the eight-time PGA Tour winner, who conceded after the blowup at Royal Lytham that he and Williams “didn’t quite match it up on the last few holes.”
We’ll know in a few hours whether the two can handle the pressures of Sunday at Augusta better than they did last time. Scott, for one, believed they would.
“I know he's got a level of comfort around this place and he's realizing, too, that I've developed a level of comfort,” said Scott. “We are not treading on each other's toes too much out there. More and more we are on the same wavelength, so that's what you're looking for in this kind of relationship.”