Tiger Woods’ former caddie and friend, Steve Williams, exposed the former world No. 1 as an inconsiderate employer with little regard for his on-course demeanor and attitude when he blasted the 14-time major winner in his new book.
An excerpt from Williams’ tell-all was published in his native New Zealand, and the full version is set to release on Monday. The man who spent his life and career in the game of golf was candid about his tenure at the top of the sport as Woods’ man between the ropes.
Some of the details are well-known facts, while others offer significant insight as to what it was like to work with the enigmatic legend on a daily basis during his heyday.
“One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up,” Williams wrote. “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.”
Woods’ temper often drew the ire of his critics during his career, as did his penchant for throwing clubs on occasion. What’s new is that it bothered Williams, since many other PGA TOUR players have reputations for similar behavior or worse.
It’s unclear whether Woods had any sort of non-disclosure agreement with Williams, but given the scope of information, it’s safe to assume that the public will hear from Woods’ camp in due time.
As for Woods, he continues to recover from a second back surgery since competing on the 2015 TOUR.
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