Seven-time Bridgestone Invitational champion Tiger Woods wants to play in the $8.5 million event at Firestone Country Club Aug. 4-7, but his plan is being thwarted by his firing of caddie Steve Williams, according to a report on Foxsports.com.
News broke Wednesday of Williams’ firing, which happened July 3 at the AT&T National, which benefits Woods’ foundation. Woods was upset that Williams went to work for Australian Adam Scott while he was sidelined with knee and Achilles injuries.
Robert Lusetich, author of “Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger’s Most Tumultuous Season,” reports that Woods may not be able to get one of his two choices for Williams’ replacement.
Lusetich wrote that the two caddies Woods most respects, Billy Foster and Joe LaCava, are currently employed by Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson, respectively, and aren’t likely to switch. LaCava recently joined Johnson with the blessing of long-time boss Fred Couples and Johnson has been a contender in several majors over the past two years. According to Lusetich, Englishman Foster doesn’t want to relocate to the U.S.