Steve Williams: Out of the Rough
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Publish Year note: First published, November 2nd 2015 by Penguin Books New Zealand
Steve Williams’ much-anticipated account of his years caddying for some of the world’s top golfers, including Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd.
One of the most successful caddies of the modern era, having amassed 150 wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has worked with some of the golfing world’s best, including 13 years on the bag of Tiger Woods. Together, Woods and Williams won more than 80 tournaments – with 13 major championships among them.
In this candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider’s view of the professional golfing world.
all that I continued to admire David because he kept trying and didn’t doubt he was going to come back. Incredibly, he had a fleeting moment back in the spotlight when he came from nowhere to contend at the 2008 US Open at Bethpage Black. Suddenly, he was right there on the back nine … and just as quickly his challenge faded and he was gone again. In the early part of the twenty-first century, David and Phil Mickelson vied for the tag as the ‘best player never to win a major’. If that bugged
run when he switched to Nike. It’s hard to say he could have done any better, but I often wondered if he had kept playing Titleist whether that domination could have been even greater. There’s long been a stigma attached to Nike – a lot of players use Nike equipment only for short periods before switching back to a more established brand. There was lots of talk on tour about players who signed to Nike and then turned their back on the ‘swoosh’ – Lucas Glover and Trevor Immelman are two major
not sure,’ or, ‘I don’t know.’ My aim is to give my player absolute certainty – even though it sometimes means lying to them about yardages so they hit the shot I thought was best. I often did this with Tiger. In those cases I was less a confidence-booster than a confidence trickster. The same applied to the advice I gave Australian Terry Gale when caddying for him. Most players know what club they’re going to hit but two or three times in a round of golf there’s some doubt – and this can be the
relationship with him had continued to deteriorate – an element of trust was missing and we weren’t able to relax around each other like we used to. I took the attitude that time would heal whatever it was that had frayed between us but, as I found out over the next few weeks, when I put our so-called friendship to the test, Tiger had nothing to give me in return. The wheels of fate turned a little faster when Tiger withdrew halfway through the first round at The Players Championship. He’d hurt
Elin and the waiting around in the dark while Team Tiger decided what to do, and then finally to be fired over the phone, it was awesome for Steve to go out and help Adam get that win. But when David Feherty approached Steve and I watched the interview I was gutted. I knew straight away the media were going to crucify him once again, and they did – Steve called me when he walked off the 18th green. I was excited for him and didn’t want to put a dampener on what had been an awesome win but felt I