Yesterday, after 12 years working together, Tiger Woods took Steve Williams aside two weeks ago and told him he was fired.
“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.”
“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 said.
The Tiger Woods and Steve Williams combination were together for 12 years and 250 tournaments, producing 72 wins, including 13 majors.
Williams said “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 so I find the timing extraordinary.”
In the past 20 months Woods has changed swing coaches, lost four major sponsors, was divorced from his wife and has now sacked his caddie.
Steve wasn’t finished though “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.”
Williams said his friendship with Woods had become very strained. They have not spoken since he was fired.
Regarding Woods marriage breakup 18 months ago Williams 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.”
“I had no idea what was going on and that was the hardest part … it was a difficult time. I’m a straight-up person, I’m a loyal person – if I knew something, then I’d say I did.”