Carry bag, clean clubs, rake traps, shut the !&# up
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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 09/08/2011 (4028 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Steve Williams has gotten larger than his station in life and it has rapidly become tiresome.
Caddies, like Zamboni drivers and spit-bucket wranglers, should be seen and not heard.
Williams, however, has always liked the spotlight. Can’t blame him for that, but with it comes consequences, and once again Williams is setting himself up for a fall.
How long will Adam Scott, who was a fine player long before Williams began to carry his clubs, want to listen to his caddy overinflate his role in the golfer’s success? Not very long is my guess.
Williams was recently sacked by Tiger Woods from his job of doing exactly that, carrying the golfer’s clubs around in a heavy sack, and in the subsequent days has become a media sensation.
Williams landed quite nicely on the bag of Scott and was able to collect a win Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Following the win, CBS elected to interview the only-too-happy-to-oblige Williams.
“I’ve caddied for 33 years — 145 wins now — and that’s the best win I’ve ever had,” Williams said.
How foolish. Yes, he’s angry because Woods clipped him. I get it. But Williams shouldn’t discount the time he spent with Woods that made him both rich and famous.
It’s odd that CBS should now want to play TMZ and fuel this gossipy he-said, she-said story. For years they’ve fawned over Woods and stuffed endless advertising dollars in their pockets all because of the success of Tiger.
But like Williams, they’ve now chosen to bite the hand that’s fed them. Don’t hand me any crap about journalism, etc. CBS’s golf coverage gave up that ghost long ago.
Williams worked for Woods for 12 years carrying clubs for one of the best players ever. During that time Williams got to share in Woods’ wins — 13 majors and 72 victories around the world.
Not bad work if you can get it.
I don’t have the statistics but am fairly confident in telling you a number of caddies have been fired since Woods let Williams know on July 3 that it was time to “take a break.” None were as rich as Williams or had enjoyed as much success in the golf world. None have been heard from because, well, to be frank, they really don’t matter.
Sure, they matter to their families and friends and all that, but we’re talking about their place and celebrity status in the game of golf.
At the risk of getting in hot water with the men and women of the caddyshack, theirs is meant to be an anonymous lot in life. Carry bag, hand over club, clean club, carry bag. Repeat 68 times or so a day.
Then it’s off to cadge a six-pack from the back of the clubhouse and flop out in the trailer and play some poker with the rest of the gang.
Williams is one of the best and is rich for his skill and efforts. Good for him. He’s experienced, been around a while and is able to chime in with club-selection thoughts.
But — and here’s the rub — he’s never hit a drive, flushed an iron or drilled home a 20-footer in all his time in professional golf.
Nope, the player does that.
Surely, Williams was important during his time on Tiger’s bag, but you can’t tell me that Woods couldn’t have grabbed a carry bag and lugged his own sticks and still won a majority of the trophies piled up in the stateroom of his yacht.
Stevie helped, just ask him, but Tiger was the greatest player on the planet for over a decade and Williams was along for the ride.
The dismissal was distasteful but Williams should have seen it coming and known it would go down the way it did. He knows Woods for the smug and selfish person he is better than most.
Williams is heading for another firing, but without Woods in the story, no one will care.