That Tiger Woods would part company with Steve Williams was always about when and never if.
That Williams feels let down is no surprise.
The one edge Woods enjoyed was clearly the way Williams kept the servant master relationship alive for nearly 13 years and particularly during the last few, with the unraveling of the master's personal life
That became a strength for Woods. When that professionalism is backdropped by the close friendship that developed between their wives it mirrored so much of the pain of the everyday matrimonial split.
Just how much of Woods success was attributable to Williams will never be known but my guess is a considerable one and time will tell as long as Woods seriously continues with the struggle. Having jettisoned the Missus, the Coach and now the Caddie he is coming ever closer to having to confront his own demons.
Rarely does the separation come without hurt, betrayal, and recriminations and the way Steve Williams handled himself during Tigers troubles was, to me admirable and his hurt is palpable. I am certain he will give Adam Scott great service. Whether it blossoms into something great is in the future but one thing is for sure it has good possibilities.
How long before That person who did so much to grow the professional game of golf ever approaches anything great again is a guess but I wonder if there is anyone to carry the clubs again as well as Steve Williams did.
Golf is regarded by most as an individuals sport, but here we see that there is much of the team about the modern game and Robbie Deans Mantra about the spelling of the word team is about to be tested.
April 20 in history
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