Former Caddie For Tiger Woods Says, I Was Treated Like A Slave’
Reported by Liku Zelleke
Tiger Woods’ infidelities destroyed a family, rocked the world of “gentlemanly” sportsmen and hurt many individuals who were either personally or professionally related to the man who was once the epitome of the sport.
One such person who believes he was “hung out to dry” by Woods and his management is Steve Williams – Wood’s New Zealander caddie.
Williams took to venting his anger and frustrations about the way he was treated first by Woods – while he caddied for him – and later, after his unfaithfulness was exposed. He even went as far as saying he was sometimes treated as a “slave” on the course.
These revelations come from a new tell-all book “Out of the Rough” that Williams has written. A newspaper in New Zealand published a chapter which described the reaction Williams had to the news of Woods’ extramarital dalliances. He said that he didn’t hear from Woods– whom he considered to be a close friend – for four months, as his marriage, career, and reputation fell apart.
Describing his personal reaction, Williams said that he was angry to find out that Woods had cheated on Elin Nordegren but that “he was still a friend in trouble and I was going to stick by him. I did that even though people were accusing me of being an enabler, an accomplice, saying I was lying when I stated clearly that I knew nothing about this.”
The fact that people didn’t believe he had no inklings about the goings on in the golfer’s other life made his life “absolutely miserable.”
Williams says that despite it all, he never considered quitting as Woods’ caddie even when people called him a liar and Tiger’s management refused to release a statement clearing him of any involvement in the sordid affair.
He said, “They simply wouldn’t do it because there were others in his group who knew exactly what was going on and management felt they couldn’t single out one person as innocent. Angry, frustrated and hung out to dry, I was also in limbo about when I would next work.”
Finally, Woods sent him an apologetic email, after about four months, which said he couldn’t tell him about the affairs because he was “straight up and had such strong values.”
And so, before they could resume their 13-year-old association, Williams met with Woods and asked for a few changes in their relationships. For example, he told him how he felt when Woods would toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting him to go over and pick it up.
Williams said, “I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club – it was like I was his slave.”
“The other thing that disgusted me was his habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt. Tiger listened to what I had to say, the air was cleared and we got on with it,” Williams wrote. “His goal was to be the best player in history and my goal was to keep working as best I could to help make that happen.”
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