Tiger Woods rocked his golf world today, golf.com reports, firing a member of his team who is as famous in his own right as many professional golfers. The casualty: Woods’ caddie, Steve Williams.
The firing of Williams ends a relationship that has been in place since March 1999 and has included 72 tournament victories worldwide and 13 major championships.
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."
Williams confirmed his firing on his own website, posting a statement that said: "Needless to say this came as a shock. Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time."
Noting that Williams and Woods were once good friends, the golf.com story adds: “The relationship began showing signs of strain after Woods crashed his car on Thanksgiving night, followed by stunning revelations of multiple extramarital affairs that led to Woods getting divorced. Woods’ ex-wife and Williams’ wife were close friends.”