Tiger And Williams Split
By Kickntrue on 7/20/11
Who dumped who? Does it matter? (It looks like Tiger's dumping him.)
"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change," Woods said. "Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."
A little harsh on the ESPN headline though, "Tiger Get's Rid Of Steve Williams."

Don't feel too bad for Steve Williams though. In hooking up with Tiger Woods- CelebrityNetWorth.com (greatest site ever) estimates Williams to be worth about $20M. While that wouldn't put him in the top 25 or anything in career golf earnings... it would put it on the list, which considering he is the guy that carries the bag and doesn't hit any shots is pretty good.

Williams will now be the full time caddy for Adam Scott (per Williams' website). Woods has not announced who will caddy for him or when he will return to action.

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birdieXris says:
Honestly, this is a smart move. Steve was good for the old tiger. He knew all of the old tiger's swings and misses and what he could and couldn't do. The new tiger isn't going to be as predictable. I think if you're going to do it, might as well do it now. Let Steve, who is still a great caddie mind you, get more work from Adam Scott or whoever he wants to loop for while you search for a new bag man. Perfect sense. Does it mean TW is done for the year? Maybe... but i wouldn't count on it. I think it's just a well timed move for both parties.
7/20/11
 
bobhooe says:
WOW and I thought it was going to be a slow day with the LPGA 5th major piece. Maybe he misses Fluff
7/20/11
 
jrbizzle says:
I agree birdie - not just that but Tiger had kind of prgrammed Stevie to be quite aggressive with the galleries, and I think Tiger is going to try and rebuild his image, and it would be helpful to get a clean break with a new caddie. A lot of folks blamed Stevie for his attitude, but I think he was just following orders. Never remember him being like that with Norman (who commanded big galleries) nor Adam Scott now.
7/20/11
 
cincystephen says:
steve williams official website says... "Following the completion of the AT&T National I am no longer caddying for Tiger after he informed me that he needed to make a change. After 13 years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock."
7/20/11
 
RyanLigon says:
Kind of cool that Steve is going to work with Adam Scott now. They seemed to work well together.
7/20/11
 
guzzlingil says:
TW is not going to rebuild his image "inside the ropes"...
7/20/11
 
birdieXris says:
@guzzlingil - i agree with that. My perspective is that this is purely business and not attempts to rebuild anything other than his broken career. What Bizzle said though may be true, but i think mainly all eyes are on TW. Personally, i wasn't too happy with Steve taking off his bib before everyone putts out. That's just rude. Confidence is one thing, but it's part of your uniform and part of the respect of the game. Leave it on for what.... another minute?
7/20/11
 
TeT says:
Is anyone surprised...
7/20/11
 
Trav says:
Stevie always reminded me of the parable of the fly on the wagon. How long before he gets antsy because he can't get an endorsement contract as Scott's caddy and he has too many weekends off?
7/20/11
 
gpickin says:
Tiger is supposed to be playing his charity event, but IF he actually does, is still up in the air.

I just feel for Stevie as a Kiwi. He is the highest paid Kiwi sportman i think... which is funny, for a bag carrier lol... but he did have a good run.

I might just be a way to let Adam Scott have him, and maybe this shows more bad signs in tigers future.
Maybe releasing him is setting him free.
I bet if any one of us was tiger, we'd be pretty frustrated we couldn't return as fast as we want. I know injuries screw with ya.

Always in the news though isn't he.
7/20/11
 
Envythepea says:
Let's see, I'm playing pretty good golf right now, I think I'll cheat on my wife and break up my marriage. Okay, I'm not playing so well all of a sudden, let me change my swing and get a new swing coach. Wait, I haven't hit complete rock bottom even though my knee is totally screwed up, so let me fire my long time caddy who with I've won 63 times including 12 majors. There, I'm good. Things are looking up.
7/20/11
 
mrnation8 says:
Haha, Envythepea, I actually laughed out loud!
7/20/11
 
falcon50driver says:
Only surprise for me, is that it took so long to finally be announced. The clencher was when he started working with Adam Scott.
7/20/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Merlin I'm giving you the two fingers pointing at my eyes then your eyes thing,, EXACTLY! When Stevie asked Tiger could he loop for Adam Scott, the fat lady starting singing. As fragile as Tiger's ego is (we now know) there was no way he could let Stevie "Step out" on him.
7/20/11
 
falcon50driver says:
We've missed seeing you around here Todd, welcome back.
7/20/11
 
Werepuppie says:
I have to believe that this was a terrible mistake on Wood's part.Williams has been with Tiger this whole time.They are the most successful duo in the history of golf.Why on Earth would he do such a thing?Tiger needs to go back to the old Tiger,not build a new Tiger.If Tiger thinks he can just start from scratch and do it all again he is mistaken.I predict right here that Tiger will not win on tour this year or next with a new caddie.
7/20/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
Sad. End of an era. Steve was there for almost all Tiger's big moments and history making. I've always said that Steve Williams is the Tiger Woods of caddying. He's made some great calls over the years. Like clubbing lob wedge on the approach to the 72nd hole of the 2008 US open. I think he may have made a bad one at the '09 USO at Pebble, I seem to recall Tiger kind of blamed Steve for a bad approach number or something. Who knows maybe this is part of Tiger tweaking his whole approach to the game.

Predict good things for Adam Scott though.
7/20/11
 
ToddRobb says:
The caddy pro relationship has something like a 95% "divorce" rate, there is nothing new here. Stevie was once "married" to Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, it's the nature of the beast. What do you think happened to Adam Scott's caddy?? He got fired. Just like a real marriage, when people find out that what WE believe to be a great couple are breaking up, there is shock, meanwhile they were having problems long before the relationship ends. Stevie will be just fine thank you very much, and so will Tiger.
7/21/11
 
Matt F says:
Bloody hell, there goes my opportunity to caddy for Adam next month at Firestone! LOL
7/21/11
 
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
I agree with Todd and Merlin. When I saw Steve teaming up with Scott, it made me pull my head out of the sand. I wonder if Tiger is going to make it back to form tho. I'd like to see him do it but I lost that gut feeling that told me he would.
7/21/11
 
elhacker says:
Tiger has lots of demons, possible drug addiction, definitely a sex addict, and who knows what else. His behavior has only been extremely self sabotaging and destructive to himself and others.

Hypothetically, what if Stevie knew of those demons? What if he were a part of them? What if he was an enabler and Tiger just denied Steve's involvement? Perhaps, as Tiger deals with these demons he needs to distance himself from the enablers or his past to start fresh.

This is just a theory and have absolutely ZERO proof that Steve Williams was an enabler of Tiger's behavior. He's probably a stand up guy but I've often wondered how he didn't know about Tiger's issues.

Ultimately, Tiger is responsible for Tiger. More than likely his ego was dented by Steve's involvement with Adam Scott. Still wonder though.
7/21/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@elhacker you don't get to the level of self destruction that Tiger was at without having major league enablers in your inner circle. I would almost venture to say it was impossible for Stevie not to know what was going on. That being said, I think your theory has some credence. I just hope Tiger can replace Stevie with someone he can do better high fives with, they had the most awkward celebrations in the history of sports.
7/21/11
 
falcon50driver says:
White guys can't jump.
7/21/11
 
mjaber says:
Williams isn't doing himself any favors by lashing out at Tiger now. Yes, Steve stuck with Tiger through all this crap, and now is let go. I get it. But he also could have let you go before you found another gig. You've been in his employ the entire time, even though Tiger hasn't played. Most people aren't that lucky.
7/21/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
@toddrobb: Good call on the awkward celebrations. I think they whiffed completely after Tiger chipped in at the Masters in '05. But they had some good bro hugs over the years.
7/21/11
 
Trav says:
How lucky is it to be in Tiger's "employ" the past 2 years when he wasn't playing or winning anything? Unless he had a hefty fixed salary, no (golf) income. Fred Couples' former caddy recently switched for this reason.
7/22/11
 
dartboss04 says:
i'm sorry...williams has nothing to complain about...tiger has won four to five times more tournaments and majors than very very good players...i feel bad for the caddies carrying a struggling player...

@trav...i think williams will be OK with an estimated net worth of 20 million dollars from the good years...god forbid he needs to live off his reserves in a couple lean years...
7/22/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Now Stevie feels the need to vent, he said he told Tiger "he needs to earn his respect back", I guess the Tiger arrogance rubbed off on him. Could you imagine telling a guy that pays you hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly, that you have a verbal agreement with, that could fire you at any time for any reason he sees fit, that he has to earn YOUR respect. It basically tells you how far Tiger has fallen to even let that go (if it really happened). Then he goes to Tiger and says basically would you mind if I go work for one of your competitors while you work out all your problems??,,, Stevie is lucky he kept his job as long as he did.
7/22/11
 
Trav says:
@dart - If Steve has a net worth of $20MM, I would agree with you. But I don't believe that for a second. To have that net worth, he would have had to earn $40MM before taxes. This amount far surpasses anything reported for him.

www.forbes.com/2007/06/08/caddy-golf-pro-forbesl

www.businessinsider.com/tiger-woods-steve-willia
7/22/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@Trav The top article you put up is from 2007. Tiger's career earnings are $107 million and change, let's just round down to $100 million. Standard is 10% plus a bonus if their boss wins. He also gets a check from Nike and a few other sponsors here in the states, also surely a few more from sponsors in New Zealand. He's probably made between 10 and 15 million in the last 12 years. Depending how he invested his money is how his net worth is calculated, not just his income. He should be worth $20 million easily if he has made good decisions with his money.
7/23/11
 
Trav says:
@Todd - I'm still not buying the math. Assume his take has been $12MM, after taxes that's about $7-8MM max. I'd be surprised if, like the rest of us, he didn't increase his spending when his income rose. And no one has tripled their investment money the past few years, in fact most people saw a decline they are only now beginning to recover from, if they are well-managed (my wife runs an investment fund). Plus, he loves expensive sports (car racing) and has made some sizable charitable donations. Not saying he's poor, but he was the one complaining about not earning anything the past few years.
7/24/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@Trav Your wife runs a investment fund and you don't know how net worth is calculated? It actually has nothing to do with your income per se cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/networth/networth.html It's about the cash you have on hand and the value of the the items you own minus your debt.

www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-athletes/steve

I think you are a little off in your thinking, at their level when he purchases a $400,000 race car, that's an asset. As a matter of fact it increases in value because now it was "owned by Steve Williams". Unless he wasted millions on investments that were complete losses, or he had some kind of drug habit, he should not be complaining about not making any money. Let's not forget that Tiger made over $10 million in 2009 before all the drama started. He made $1.2 million in 2010 which was 68th on the list, he's made $571,000 this year so far. Stevie by no means needs to be on the corner asking for spare change.
7/25/11
 
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