WASHINGTON — Tiger Woods has decided to part company with long-time caddie Steve Williams, a move that took the New Zealander by surprise after he helped the former world No 1 to win 13 majors.
Williams, who had been a regular caddie for Woods since 1999, has recently been carrying the bag for Australia’s Adam Scott while Woods has been injured.
“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.”
Williams, on his own website (www.kiwicaddy.co.nz), 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.”
Woods did not name a replacement for Williams or say when he would return to competition from leg injuries. —AFP