Tiger’s Caddy: ‘I’ve Wasted The Last Two Years Of My Life’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Steve Williams says he wasted the last two years of his life standing by Tiger Woods through injuries and eruptions in the golfer’s private life.

In frank interviews about his dismissal published Friday in his native New Zealand, the 47-year-old caddie said he had lost “a tremendous amount of respect” for the game’s biggest star.

Williams told the New Zealand Herald “realistically I could look back, and I’ve wasted the last two years of my life because he’s played infrequently, he’s been injured and played poorly.”

“I was prepared to hang in there through thick and thin,” Williams said, “so I find the timing extraordinary.”

Williams said he had no idea he was going to be fired after a dozen years as Woods’ caddie until Woods called him to a meeting at the AT&T National tournament two weeks ago.

“Sometimes you get an inkling that something’s going to happen … And I basically didn’t have much to say with him. I was somewhat in a state of shock, but I just listened to what he thought,” Williams told the Herald. “I didn’t agree with what he was telling me but at the end of the day that wasn’t going to make a difference so I just took it on the chin.”

Williams told the newspaper he was not upset at being fired, but at its timing and after his staunch loyalty to Woods’ during the upheaval in his private life.

“I understand that’s part of the game … To be let go after staying incredibly loyal during the most difficult time in his life and then for him to decide that he needs a change, I think that the timing has been very poor,” he said. “When Tiger went through the Tiger scandal, as it’s known, I was obviously very disappointed in him, as everyone was. Obviously I lost a tremendous amount of respect for him … and I told him that he had to earn back my respect. Whatever respect he may have earned back, he’s just lost.”

Williams said he had not spoken to Woods since their working relationship was terminated.

In a separate interview with Television New Zealand, Williams said he felt his loyalty to Woods had not been repaid.

“I’m a very big stickler for loyalty and I stuck with Tiger through his difficult period when a lot of people thought I should have left his side,” he said. “That was the most difficult period that I’ve ever been through in my life. I’m pretty hardheaded and took it probably a lot better than my wife and family did, but there’s no way that I should have been put through that.”

Williams said he felt like he’d been considered guilty by association after sticking with Woods during the scandal.

“My name should have been cleared immediately. It wasn’t and that’s what makes it even more disappointing what’s transpired.” he told TVNZ. “I never really got pardoned from that scandal so the timing of it is extraordinary. You could say I’ve wasted two years of my life.”

Williams also repeated his previous assertions he had no knowledge of Woods’ extramarital affairs.

“I had no idea what was going on and that was the hardest part … it was a difficult time,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “I’m a straight-up person, I’m a loyal person – if I knew something, then I’d say I did.”

Williams is often described as New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsman – a definition stretched to encompass the caddie who may have banked around $9 million during his association with Woods. He operates a charitable foundation which makes regular donations to an Auckland children’s hospital and is highly respected by New Zealanders.

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    Good luck Steve.
    Tiger still seems in a bad place.

  • Larry

    It’s a real shame he has to come out and trash a guy with whom he had a close working relationship for so many years. He may regret it one day when the smoke clears. He’s clearly upset.

    I still can’t buy that he knew nothing of Woods’ transgressions. That seems impossible to me, although he does seem genuine.

  • FR

    Your griping isn’t news. Lots of skilled people lose their jpbs every day. You jusut have to carry clubs and possibly offer suggestions on which club to use, #1-5 wood, #1-9 iron. How much education do you need for that. By the way, I have played golf without a caddy.

  • james Steever

    $9M to be a caddy for the World’s most famous golfer and possibly athlete? Not chump change considering you basically hand clubs over to the golfer and help to navigate the golf course with him? I’d say keep a stiff upper lip ol’ chap and move forward…


  • HooDatIS?


      “Fair is fair, Henry, if I nail hot-lips and punch Hawkeye, don’t I get to go home, too”

  • Roberta Waker

    Tiger has turned into a real loser. His father is probably turning over in his grave at what his son has been doing. He wasn’t raised to be such a jerk; he just grew into it. Don’t care if he ever plays golf again – there are more exciting players to watch.

  • seesay

    No, Roberta Waker – A jerk would play on – swaggering and unfazed – winning and enjoying himself. Tiger’s painful decline is evidence of his sensitivity, his unhappiness with himself and what he did. Give him credit for that, at least.

  • Mohammed Bin

    Roberta would jump in bed with him without being asked! Didn’t you’ll catch it WAKER

  • Mike

    Woods is self-absorbed.


    I’m sorry Roberta Waker, but there just isn’t anyone as exciting as Tiger on the tour.
    Augusta had to “Tiger proof,” and I believe he still won after that.

    I always wonder if John Daly could have done the same thing. Now, I have no problem if you root against him.

  • tina

    YOU GOT PAID…SO stop crying!!!

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