Fate has a witty sense of humor and Tiger Woods can vouch for that after his fired caddie, Steve Williams, won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational with Adam Scott.
The event took place in Akron, Ohio at Firestone and although Woods produced an exceptional comeback in his career after a 3 month absence due to injury, Adam Scott showed impeccable form to win the title.
Scott had the gallery with cheers and chants as he approached the 18th green where he completed his commanding performance at the World Golf Championships tournament. Strangely the chants weren’t just for Scott but Williams too.
The crowd were ecstatic at his sight exclaiming, “Ste-vie Will-iams” whenever they saw him. The celebrations most certainly lifted the spirits of Williams who by now must be feeling better even though Woods fired him before his return to golf.
Woods on the other hand was appreciative of Williams in his post match press release. As a matter of fact he praised him so much that he had the reporters doubting if Woods had seen Williams shot 5-under-par 65 that produced a four-stroke victory instead of Scott.
While talking to media on the occasion, Williams stated, “I’ve caddied for 33 years — 145 wins now — and that's the best win I've ever had.” Might I add that this comes from a guy who has caddied Woods for 12 years during which the maestro has won 13 majors and 16 world titles.
Williams is still anguished over the whole firing saga. He even contradicts Woods version of the incident. Woods told media that he fired Williams in person, on the other hand Williams blames him of firing him on phone.
Williams continued in his press release saying, “I was absolutely shocked that I got the boot, to be honest with you.” He added, “I’ve been incredibly loyal to the guy, and I got short-shrifted. Very disappointed.”
Scott was indifferent to the amount of attention his new caddie was receiving. He was indulged in his glorious victory to notice Woods and Williams were far from burying the hatchet. On the matter he jokingly commented, “I can talk about Steve now and not Tiger.”
Scott finished with a 17-under 263, which happens to be the lowest score recorded for a victory at Firestone since Woods carded a 259 in 2000 in a marvelous 11-stroke victory. With the win, 31-year-old Scott pocketed $1.4 million. This was Scott’s 8th PGA Tour victory.Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald both recorded 66 therefore were tied for the 2nd spot. On the far side of the field, Woods shot a 70 and tied up for 37th at 1 over.