Tiger Fires Longtime Caddie

'It's time for a change' after 12 years, Woods says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2011 2:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tiger Woods parted ways yesterday with Steve Williams, the man who’s been lugging his clubs around for 12 years. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change,” Woods said in a statement. He offered no other explanation for the move, the Los Angeles Times reports. Williams has been caddying for Adam Scott for the past two months while Woods recovered from left knee and Achilles’ tendon injuries.

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“Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments," Woods said. "I wish him great success in the future." Williams, who caddied for Woods in 13 of his 14 major championship wins and became close friends with the golfer over the years, said the firing came as a shock, especially "given the circumstances of the past 18 months." (Read more Tiger Woods stories.)

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