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