Tiger Woods disappointed by his Caddie’s outburst toward Phil Mickelson

December 16, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Steve Williams, who has the sweetest caddy job on the PGA tour carrying Tiger Woods’ bag, got himself in hot water responding to a question during a speaking engagement in New Zealand about his employer’s relationship with world No 3 Phil Mickelson by saying: “I wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player because I hate the prick.”

Speaking in front of 250 people at a charity event, Williams who has caddied for Tiger since 1999, also went on to recall a story that had Mickelson’s physique as a punch line.

Williams who is a top notch athlete himself, told the Sunday Star-Times on the weekend that he didn’t expect the story to reach the public.

“I don’t particularly like the guy (Mickelson). He pays me no respect at all and hence I don’t pay him any respect. It’s no secret we don’t get along either,” Williams said.

“I certainly didn’t make `the comments’ to a media person,” he said.

“I visit a lot of golf clubs and do a lot of speaking for charity and that is one of the questions I get asked the most: what is Tiger’s relationship like with Phil Mickelson?

“I was simply honest and said they don’t get along. You know what it’s like – you’re at a charity event and you have a bit of fun.

Tiger Woods has now spoken out on the incident, which made headlines saying he is disappointed by his caddies’ disparaging comments about Phil Mickelson and the matter had been “dealt with”.

“I was disappointed to read the comments attributed to Steve Williams about Phil Mickelson, a player that I respect,” Woods said in a statement.

“It was inappropriate. The matter has been discussed and dealt with,” the Associated Press reported today.

Williams’ comments, which he does not deny making, were reported worldwide after being published by the Taranaki Daily News on Saturday, and in a withering reply, Mickleson said in a statement today: “After seeing Steve Williams’ comments all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like Bones (Jim MacKay) on my bag and representing me.”

Mickelson said the “joke” told by Williams in which the player was heckled by a fan over his weight during this year’s US Open at Torrey Pines was “a total fabrication”.

In his statement, Mickelson said Williams’ account was also “grossly inaccurate and irresponsible,” and that the scenario occurred during the 2002 US Open at Bethpage in New York and involved not him but a European Tour player.

In fact, Mickelson and Woods were not ever paired together at Bethpage in 2002.


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