Although it's likely he'll have to stick to a confidentiality agreement, caddie Steve Williams became the most qualified person to recount Tiger Woods' fall from grace after Woods fired Williams Wednesday.
The two teamed for 72 victories, including 13 majors, during their 12 years together. But Williams also endured Woods' Thanksgiving night car crash in 2009 that unleashed a sex scandal that ended Woods' marriage. Both were groomsmen in each other's weddings and their wives were reportedly friends.
Willliams had been working for Adam Scott while Woods was sidelined with knee and Achilles injuries.
"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change," Woods said on his web site. "Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."
Woods did not announce a replacement for Williams on his web site. Woods has been undergoing rehab since he withdrew after 9 holes at the Players Championship in May. Some have speculated that Woods could return for the $8.5 million World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 3-7 at Firestone Country Club, where he has won seven times. The Bridgestone is played the week before the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
According to ProGolfTalk.com, Williams flew from his home in New Zealand thinking he would be working for Woods at the U.S. Open at Congressional. When he found out that Woods was not playing, Williams hooked up with Scott.
Some saw Williams as a thug for his heavy-handed tactics with photographers during his time on Woods' bag. But observers have to wonder if he felt betrayed by the double life Woods was leading.
According to the Associated Press, Williams confirmed he'd been fired on his web site and posted a statement.
"Needless to say this came as a shock," Williams said, according to AP. "Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger's scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time."
A Willilams' tell-all would be the blockbuster sports book of the decade. It will never happen, but we can dream, can't we?