*The AP is reporting that Tiger Woods has fired his caddie of 12 years Steve Williams after their treasured friendship went sour in recent months.
Williams stood by Woods through his sex scandal and divorce, a major swing change on the golf course and the loss of four major corporate sponsors off it.
But in recent months, according to the AP, Williams felt like an outsider the way he was kept in the dark about Woods’ schedule and recovery from leg injuries. Also, Woods was said to be annoyed when his caddie chose to work for Adam Scott at the U.S. Open, then signed up to work for the Australian again at the AT&T National and the British Open.
One of golf’s most successful player-caddie partnerships ended in a board room at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia two weeks ago when Woods fired his caddie. They both kept the news private until Wednesday, when Woods announced on his website that he and Williams will no longer be working together.
Williams posted a statement on his website that showed this was anything but an amicable split.
“Needless to say, this came as a shock,” said Williams, who changed the photo on his website to show him carrying Scott’s bag. “Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.”
Woods said on his website: “I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change. 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.”
Woods didn’t say who would replace Williams — one of only two caddies he has employed on a regular basis — or when he might return to golf.