Sunday, June 12, 2011
Why is Tiger Woods' Caddie Taking Another Job?
When you're the caddie for the highest paid athlete in the world, and you get paid a million bucks for a silly little Valvoline emblem on your arm, it seems strange that you'd step out of that role just because your golfer isn't playing.
But I think Steve Williams caddying for Adam Scott next week at the U.S. Open says a lot more about Williams than it does about his relationship with Tiger Woods, or the inevitable end of that.
See, everybody has something. If it isn't an extreme passion for golf, it might be basketball, or stocks, or business. We all get our highs from one thing or the other, and that's what we love. Jay Leno gets his from being on air and cars (and stealing people's television shows). Tiger gets his from golf and boating (and, well, you know). And it appears Williams gets his thrills from racing and caddying.
He's one of the best caddies in the world, and he knows that, so why wouldn't he be willing to help out a younger player with miles of talent that has never claimed a major, especially if he knows Tiger could be out for a while? While I'm sure Tiger pays Williams a salary and not the standard percentage that most loopers get, it probably gets boring sitting around waiting for the bat phone to ring.
So we shouldn't look that much into this. I don't think it means they're splitting up or the world is ending between Tiger and another famous relationship. I just think it simply means that Williams wants a job, and Tiger doesn't mind.
Now if Scott somehow won next week at Congressional? Well, that sure would stir this pot now, wouldn't it?