Caddie Steve Williams takes another swipe at Tiger Woods
Steve Williams, longtime caddie of Tiger Woods, seems to have a problem when it comes to talking too much about his former employer.
During a caddie awards roast in Shanghai on Friday, Williams used a racial slur when describing the motive behind an interview he gave in August after helping Adam Scott win a PGA Tour event only days after Woods fired him.
Williams, who called Scott's victory "the best win of my life," said of his interview that “It was my aim to shove it right up that black [expletive].”
Williams made the comments after receiving a jovial "Celebration of the Year" award Friday for his reaction following Scott's win at the Bridgestone Invitational. He also said the comments under the impression they would not be made public since a provision of the roast was that anything said was to be off the record. However, British tabloids reported the comments.
"Why would they do that?" said Williams when told the comments had been published. "The whole thing was meant to be fun."
Williams later apologized on his website: "I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year, and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However, I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I've offended."
Williams, who was alongside Woods for 13 major victories, made no secret of his anger toward Woods after he was fired. His jubiliant celebration after Scott's win was criticized by some who accused him of overplaying the situation. Others saw it as vindication for a man who stood behind Woods during his triumphs and tribulations.
According to the Associated Press, Woods and Scott are scheduled to be in the same group at next week's Australia Open.
-- Austin Knoblauch
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Caddie Steve Williams points out yardage to golfer Adam Scott during the HSBC Champions tournament in November. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images