Steve Williams went from refusing to talk to the media while caddying for Tiger Woods, to talking too much. Now, he’s not speaking at all again.
That’s exactly the way Adam Scott wants it this week at the PGA Championship.
“Hopefully we’ll just go and let our clubs do the talking for the rest of the week,” Scott said during a press conference at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, where the golf season’s final major tournament begin Aug. 11.
Williams has been criticized by players, other caddies and members of the news media for describing Scott’s victory at the Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 7 as the “most satisfying win of my career.” He won 72 tournaments, including 13 majors, in 12 years with Woods, who fired him last month. Woods finished the Bridgestone tied for 37th and hasn’t won in almost two years.
Woods hasn’t commented publicly about Williams’s statements and isn’t scheduled for a news conference at the PGA until tomorrow. Scott, when asked today about Williams’s comments, fidgeted and looked away from the microphone several times.
“Steve was obviously delighted to win, as was I,” he said. “And you know, speaking with a bit of emotion probably. I certainly don’t think it was his intention to steal my moment. With a lot of things related to Tiger Woods, it’s all scrutinized and blown out of proportion. This is no different.”
Scott, a 31-year-old Australian, said he spoke briefly with Williams about his comments and the two have agreed to try to put it behind them.
“We’ve had our chat about the whole thing,” Scott said. “Having a quiet word with Steve is not very easy. He’s a big guy, you know.”
British Open winner Darren Clarke, who said he has had caddies not speak to him for an entire 18 holes over a disagreement, said Williams might have chosen the wrong time to talk.
“It’s knowing when to speak and when not to speak,” Clarke said in a press conference. “I think the best caddies in the world have learned the art of understanding their player and knowing what to say and when to say it, and that’s a hard thing to find because not everybody gets along and has the same views.”
Instead of getting angry at his caddie, Scott said, he planned to use Williams’s words as an emotional boost as he seeks to win his first major title.
“If he really feels that that was one of his great wins, I’m kind of flattered and it fills me with confidence,” said Scott, whose win in Akron, Ohio, was his first in a U.S. PGA Tour event since the 2010 Texas Open.
Williams wasn’t hanging around the interview area during his new employer’s press conference today. He told Foxsports.com yesterday that the reaction to his comments was “over the top.”
“I had a lot of anger in me about what happened and it all came out,” Williams said. “I said what I said but I’m not going to say any more about Tiger. It’s time to move on.”
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