Tiger’s caddie on Scott’s bag for Open
BETHESDA, MD. Adam Scott was getting more attention than usual Monday at the U.S. Open, and not only because he is coming off a runner-up finish in his most recent major at the Masters.
It was because of the guy carrying his clubs.
Steve Williams, the caddie for Tiger Woods since March 1999 who has been on the bag for a record 13 majors, agreed to work for the 30-year-old Australian. Despite speculation, Williams is temporarily filling in. Woods is out of the U.S. Open with injuries to his left leg, and Scott is in the process of finding a new caddie.
Asked if this could be a long-term relationship, Scott replied, “No. He is Tiger’s guy and that’s how it is.”
Williams also will be at the AT&T National in two weeks outside Philadelphia, working either for Scott or Woods if his regular boss can return to golf by then. But if it was strange to see Williams tending to Scott, it was slightly odd for the Kiwi caddie, too.
“I haven’t caddied for another player since I started with Tiger,” Williams said.
Before that, the last player he caddied for was Raymond Floyd.
Scott said he lucked into having Williams on the bag. He wasn’t sure he would be available until last week, when Woods announced he was not fit enough to play this week.
Scott and Williams have known each other for years.
“He’s been a good friend to me, a bit of a confidant in my career,” Scott said. “I thought it would be worth a call seeing as I’m between guys at the moment. I’m glad he hopped on a plane and came over—got to make the most of him.”
Scott said Williams has seen enough of him in practice rounds and competition over the years to know his game. He doesn’t expect any difficulties making adjustments.
The Australian tried to keep this all in perspective, especially when asked how much he relies on a caddie, such as reading putts.
“Look, I generally try to go play my game,” Scott said. “But if they pay attention the whole day and if I do have a question, they know what to do. That’s what a good caddie is all about. There’s a reason why I’m here. It’s because I know how to play. If I don’t trust myself or my instincts, a good caddie knows when to step in and say the right thing.”