Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Steve Williams Dispels Any Rumors He Won't Be On The Bag
Last year, when the news broke about Tiger Woods and his transgressions, Rick Reilly famously went on ESPN and ranted about TIger. Since moving to ESPN, Reilly has worked hard to find a voice that just isn't there, and this was probably the pinnacle moment of all this. Reilly said, "I think he’s got to fire his caddie, I think he’s got to fire his agent, his PR guy anybody that his wife no longer trusts, rightly or wrongly, has to go if he wants to stay with his wife."
Obviously the first line of that was strange, but it got people talking. Should Steve Williams really be let go?
By now we all know that wouldn't happen. Williams, who is arguably the best caddie in existence, stayed with Tiger through the toughest season of his life, ending the year by ruffling some feathers when he took off his caddie bib before Graeme McDowell even hit his regulation birdie putt that he needed to make to extend the Chevron World Challenge to a playoff.
But he isn't going anywhere, folks, so don't be thinking you can bring your cameras to the tournaments in 2011.
"The speculation is incredible, how many people thought I would be fired or that I would retire," he said. "People just make up these stories. Look, I work as a golf caddy. It’s all I’ve ever done. I’m working for arguably one of the greatest players who ever played, who is fully committed to breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record. Why would I quit in midstream?"
It's a great point, actually. Stevie has one of the best jobs in the world, and even when Tiger isn't winning, he's still making astronomical money. Along with that, if he likes working for Tiger, why the hell would he leave?
Hopefully Reilly can cope with this, as he sits in his mansion built on Indian burial grounds, and thinks of ways to steal money from the Red Cross.