Stevie's Swan Song
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/3/14
Is Steve Williams experienced? After 34 years, yeah, you could say that.
Is Steve Williams outspoken? Ummm... yeah.
Has Steve Williams succeeded in his chosen line of work? Some people say he's the best caddie that professional golf has ever seen.
And now, having hauled the winning bag in 14 majors and standing alongside major champions Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Tiger Woods, and Adam Scott, Steve Williams is making one last go-around on the PGA Tour. 2014 will be his final full-time season as a professional caddie. And in a fascinating sit-down interview with Brian Wacker, Williams has given us some insight into his personality and his jaw-dropping work ethic.
In the interview, Williams told of how he decided that being a caddie was what he wanted to do after looping for Thomson, the five-time Open champion and Australian golf legend - when Williams was all of 13 years old. Especially fascinating is his story about leaving home at 16 to caddie in Europe:
"As a child my father instilled in me that you've got to work hard. I had like $20,000 in the bank by the time I was 13. I had caddied every weekend, had a job in a butcher shop, had a newspaper route, I picked tomatoes. I'm guilty of not going to school, but I'd do anything to make a dollar. Even though I didn't have my parents' OK to go caddie, I had my own money so I just left at age 15, which is when you were legally allowed to leave school. But my mom, even to this day I think, if she had one disappointment in me as a son, it's that I did that against their wish. And as intimidating as it was to go to London, coming from a little town in New Zealand, it wasn't as daunting as it seems. I just got to the course and got a job and got on with it."Williams offers some fascinating stories about caddying for Norman, Floyd, and Woods.
While 2014 is is final year as a full-time caddie, he told Wacker that he might agree to loop for Adam Scott part-time in 2015, then put the final stamp on his career at the 2015 Tour Championship.
All in all, it is a fascinating read.
H-T: Geoff Shackelford
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Is this his most recent "whatever I need to do to stay relevant" stunt?
He's made a ton of cash and knows his player. I think he could be the best ever.
Q: In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?
A: When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.' He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’
joe jones says:
I observed William's thug behavior on one occasion at the Western Open at Dubsdread. He threatened a 65 year old man to shove his phone you know where if he didn't turn it off. The fact is the man didn't even have a phone. He was a very large and fit man and told Stevie to come and take the imaginary phone from him. Stevie swore at and called the man several unacceptable names and quickly retreated when I and several other folks chimed in to call him what he is. A big a loudmouth jerk. He always was and will always be.
Anyone who swung on Eldrick's bag for so long has to be pretty good right?
Fact: You could eliminate all caddying from golf, and people would still win just as many majors and other tournaments as they would have with caddying. Something to think about.
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