Stevie Williams: caddy diva
News item: In one of the most unusual twists in the history of professional golf, caddy Steve Williams won the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club the other day.
Yes, initially it was reported that Adam Scott had won the tournament by four strokes. But apparently that was wrong because Williams, Scott's caddy and, more famously, the looper jilted by Tiger Woods not long ago, called Bridgestone "the best win I've ever had" in a post-match interview in which he went off once again about the unfair treatment accorded him by his former boss.
OK, we kid about the news reports. But reaction to Williams' post-match grandstanding after Scott's win is still coming in. Several PGA Tour players, notably Steve Stricker, ripped Williams for breaking golf's unwritten rule of omerta, the one that says caddies should keep their mouths closed and never deflect attention away from their bosses under penalty of death.
Reaction from golf fans, however, seems to side with Williams. In fact, Woods' former caddy was greeted with chants of "Stee-vee Will-iams!" and cries of "We love you, Stevie!" when he and Scott reached the 18th hole at Firestone.
In the midst of all this adulation, Scott must have thought: "What am I, chopped liver?" And when the media beseiged Williams after the tournament and the looper launched into another rant about how he was shafted by Tiger, Scott seemed to disappear even more.
Williams is still obviously working out a lot of anger at the way Tiger dumped him after 13 years together in which Woods won 13 majors.
And while golf's sense of decorum has obviously been shattered -- oh, the humanity! -- by a lowly caddy grabbing the media spotlight after a big tournament and using it to rip the sports biggest name, anyone who's ever been unceremoniously fired from a long-time job without cause can relate to Williams -- even in a small way.
Tiger Woods, by the way, finished 18 shots behind Adam Scott.
His new caddy, pal Byron Bell, did not talk to the media.
What an upset.
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