Steve Williams: My Time With Tiger

Former caddie Steve Williams talks about his career and carrying the bag for Tiger Woods.

Released on 6/9/2015

Transcript

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Yeah, Tiger's like a lot of athletes
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that have this ability to play their best
00:10
when it means the most.
00:11
I mean, Michael Jordan seemed to always step his game up
00:13
a little bit when it came to the playoffs,
00:15
and you could say that red shirt that he had on
00:18
had some kind of dye that ran into his veins.
00:22
Something about that red shirt
00:23
made him play better on Sundays.
00:28
Being able to caddie for Tiger
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at the 2000 Open championship, St. Andrews,
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that's one tournament that I've always loved,
00:36
one tournament I've always would have loved to have won.
00:40
One day I always thought, gee, how great
00:42
it would be to be walking up that 18th hole,
00:44
across the Swilken Bridge, you know,
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and all the people behind you,
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to one of the most famous settings in golf,
00:51
carrying the bag of hopefully the Open champion.
00:54
So in 2000 that dream came true.
00:58
You know, I still sort of
01:00
get goose bumps thinking about coming up that 18th hole.
01:04
And to think of how many people
01:05
over the years have crossed that Swilken Bridge.
01:08
Every player that's played the game of golf
01:10
at any great level as a professional
01:12
has walked across that bridge and had the experience
01:15
of playing St. Andrews, so there's been many great
01:17
memories for all the players I've caddied for,
01:19
but that that's one that's special,
01:21
the first Open championship that Tiger won at St. Andrews.
01:30
You know, Tiger is one of the greatest players
01:32
that's ever played the game.
01:33
He's in a period now where he's not playing
01:35
at the level he would expect,
01:37
but the guy that has the incredible work ethic like he does,
01:42
and incredible desire and dedication to the game,
01:45
it's be surprising to me that he wouldn't come back.
01:51
I'd only just been working with Tiger, started in 1999,
01:54
but when he won the PGA Championship that year,
01:56
he was sort of struggling down the stretch
01:58
and Sergio was having a phenomenal run
02:01
coming down the stretch.
02:02
It was a great battle.
02:05
At the par-3 there, I changed,
02:07
well not changed, but when Tiger asked me to read the putt,
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and I sort of overruled what he said.
02:13
I remembered the putt in practice.
02:14
We had putted maybe not exactly that hole location,
02:17
but I knew that's probably where the Sunday hole
02:19
location was gonna be, and I remember
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the putt didn't break as much as probably what we thought,
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and when it came to having that putt on the Sunday,
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he said it was outside the hole and I said, no,
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definitely this putt's inside the hole.
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And he went ahead and holed the putt,
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went on to win the tournament, and after the tournament
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presented me with a great photo of that moment
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with a great read on the hole or whatever it said.
02:41
That was a special moment,
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and our partnership was probably cemented right there,
02:47
possibly if had missed that putt,
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gone on to lose the tournament,
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I might not have lasted the week
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or things might not have panned out the way they did,
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so that was a sort of, for me that was a defining moment.
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