Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tiger Woods 'Fluffs' Steve Williams
There aren't many match made in heaven situations on the golf course. Phil Mickelson and Bones is one. Ai Miyazato and Mick Seaborn is another. And for a long time, Tiger Woods and Steve Williams seemed like they'd be together forever.
But after all the Escalade stuff happened, and Tiger stopped winning golf tournaments, the relationship sure waned. That isn't to say that Williams wasn't doing his job (in my opinion he's one of the best loopers ever), but like relationships and jobs, sometimes you just need to change it up, and Woods announced that officially on Wednesday.
On Tiger's website, he said that he and Williams wouldn't be working together anymore, writing on the wall for those that follow golf at all (Stevie and Adam Scott have been working together during Tiger's time away due to injury).
While the caddie-player relationship often gets overlooked, it really should be said that this is one of the most successful duo in the history of golf. Stevie and Tiger won 13 majors together over a span of 12 years, and while Tiger tends to keep to himself on big issues and controversy, Williams was great at picking up the slack when situations needed to be resolved (I'm sure certain photographers would agree with me).
Maybe the best memory of the two was at the 2000 PGA Championship, when Tiger was forced into a playoff by the scrappy Bob May, and on the first playoff hole, Tiger rolled in a lengthy birdie putt, chasing after it with his finger pointing at the hole, while Williams ran after him, nearly beating him to the cup, arm raised and voice whooping. There will be lasting memories of these two, like that '06 British Open win, but the follow up to the hole was always one of my favorites.
No word yet on a replacement, but for now we should just remember these two for what they were; a match made in golf-love heaven. But sometimes, great things must end.